Diversity at CARE

Diversity at CARE

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CARE employs 12,000 people worldwide. At CARE, employees are as diverse as the people we serve. Our employees can be found in more than 65 countries across the globe and the staff at our CARE USA headquarters office represents over 40 different nationalities. At CARE we know that recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce is critical to achieving our mission of ending global poverty. CARE defines "diversity" beyond the regular classifications of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability, and includes diversity of perspectives that uphold CARE's core vales. Our goal is to create and maintain a work environment that promotes diversity in everything we do.

Why Is Diversity Important to Our Vision?

Understanding and appreciating the value of diversity and gender equity is how we approach our work. Our vision of a world of "hope, tolerance and social justice" challenges the organization not only to combat discrimination in all its forms, but also to harness the value that diverse perspectives bring to the work that we do. Realizing our vision and upholding our mission and core values, requires us to apply standards to our organizational behavior that support and reaffirm the equal dignity and rights of all.

CARE's Business Rationale for Diversity

To enhance and advance our humanitarian work, we need a variety of perspectives to inform relevant and responsible choices about program design, management and implementation;
To increase capacity within communities in which CARE works, we need to build collaborative relationships and partnerships among a variety of people;
CARE's mission calls for affirming the dignity and worth of all people;
Our differences in knowledge, approach and perspective are the source and spring of innovation and learning, which CARE's successful future depends on; and
At CARE, we believe that promoting diversity is the right thing to do and that it upholds CARE's core values of Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence

CARE's Framework for Action

In order to maintain a diverse work environment, CARE has undertaken analysis and developed action plans to advance these leverage areas.

Representation - building diversity at all levels throughout the organization, and ensuring that staff has an opportunity to contribute to decision-making, including both strategic and operational issues;

Facilitating an Environment of Trust by Effectively Managing Change - maintaining an environment where staff feel trusted, authorized to contribute fully to CARE and valued for who they are and what they do; and

Learning About Diversity - building the capacity of staff and the organization to learn, and to use this learning for advancing diversity and organizational effectiveness.

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