We’re proud to be a company that believes in doing the right thing and doing things right. For over a century, we’ve used our core values to guide corporate decision making and shape our culture — and at Steelcase, that starts by treating people with dignity and respect. We believe every individual brings unique value to the office and that unlocking the contributions of our people amplifies their impact and empowers them to reach their full potential.
Our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is both part of a comprehensive strategy and a natural extension of who we are. We believe all have a part to play in creating a truly inclusive environment that affirms and encourages others to bring their whole selves to work.
Our Current Areas of Focus
- Improve Diverse Hiring by moving toward an evidence-based selection model and mobilizing the necessary people, resources and tools for success, we’re making better hiring decisions and reducing reliance on the personal impressions that often reflect unconscious bias.
- Build a Robust Talent Pipeline by combining diversity outreach efforts, increasing our community partnerships and designing key pre-career experiences for students, we’re creating new, more inclusive pathways to employment at Steelcase.
- Enable a Culture of Inclusion by leveraging nine different Business Inclusion Groups that empower people to talk about, promote awareness of and advance DEI across all teams and geographies at Steelcase, we’re creating a welcoming community for all people.
Stories of Impact
Business Inclusion Groups
Business Inclusion Groups
Steelcase is full of passionate people who want to make a difference in their workplace and in their world. Our nine business inclusion groups have global chapters that help build an inclusive culture by promoting discussion and awareness, affirming colleagues from diverse backgrounds and highlighting employee voices and stories across the company. Here is a sampling of the groups we support:
GEN (Gender Equity Network): welcomes women into their careers at Steelcase and supports their professional development
PRIDE: celebrates and supports our LGBTQ diversity and creates awareness through storytelling, conversations and activities.
WORKING PARENTS: provides learning opportunities around relevant topics and giving working parents a meaningful place to connect.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: provides a fun environment with events geared toward relationship building, personal growth and professional development.
Steelcase is committed to driving equal access to opportunities by selecting the right candidates for our open positions. To achieve this, we’ve analyzed and grouped jobs by their most important competencies and have determined which assessment tools will best measure and predict a candidate’s ability to perform. By leveraging tools and data rather than relying on “instinct,” we’re minimizing barriers and increasing evidence-based hiring across the enterprise.
Key to the learning experiences Steelcase provides is our civility training. Research shows diverse teams outperform homogenous teams once they develop highly-effective collaboration skills — yet this same diversity also exposes different norms and unconscious biases that, left unchecked, could pose hurdles for growth. By launching a civility training program in Steelcase locations around the world, we’re helping people explore differing norms around what is appropriate or productive so that together, we can do more to empower our people, enable innovation and reduce accidental incivility.
Doing the right thing
Last year we earned a perfect score of 100 points on the Corporate Equality Index, issued by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and reflecting our policies and practices around LGBTQ. We’ve received the top score in five of the past six years, despite the scoring becoming increasingly more difficult.
Leading with purpose
We are human-centered company committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect. Former Steelcase CEO, Jim Keane, is a signatory of the Business Round table’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, which highlights, "... investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits. It also includes supporting them through training and education that help develop new skills for a rapidly changing world.”