Commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity
At Edward Jones, our commitment to inclusion and diversity transcends platitudes and promises.
We know progress depends on the hard work and everyday actions all of us take as we work together toward true equity.
Building a truly equitable culture starts with each one of us. And we're prepared to do the work.
- We commit to giving everyone a voice — Our Courageous Conversations program on race and social justice began in 2017, drawing thousands of Edward Jones participants. The dialogue has been so impactful, in 2020 we began convening virtual community-based Courageous Conversations to build empathy and common understanding of what must be done to build inclusive economic growth.
- We commit to a continued focus on equitable hiring, training, promotional practices and policies, including a meaningful increase in diversity among financial advisors and senior leaders, plus a new Inclusion and Diversity annual report.
- We commit to equitable pay and conduct a rigorous analysis of compensation in our U.S. home offices, sharing results and taking needed actions.
- We commit to racial-equity training and anti-racism personnel policies, expanding our unconscious bias training, adding anti-racism training and introducing Inclusion and Diversity 365 – a program to foster cultural awareness and empathy. The firm does not tolerate racism or discrimination and will continue to take immediate corrective action for any violation of its policies.
- We commit to supporting organizations and efforts that are important to our clients, associates and communities – including a $1 million investment in the National Urban League, which has 90 affiliates in 37 states serving 300 communities, and a $200,000 contribution to its St. Louis affiliate toward economic empowerment programs, such as Save Our Sons, established after the civil strife in Ferguson in 2014.
Our purpose at Edward Jones is to make a positive impact in the lives of our clients, colleagues and communities. We are responsible for creating our place of belonging. We must take responsibility and act in accordance with our values. This includes doing real work in support of real progress – to help create opportunities for people of color in our communities.
Much more work needs to be done. We're prepared for it, and we embrace it.