Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Werner Enterprises

Post Date - Feb 22, 2022

In today’s culture, companies that make their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program a priority benefit in all aspects. These companies tend to have a better culture and a holistic approach to taking care of its team, and employees are more engaged and happier. While not every DE&I program is the same, they all bring value to a company, and this is something that Werner takes pride and accountability in by providing resources, learning and mentorship opportunities.

Werner’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Vision Statement

At Werner, we support and encourage the diverse voices and perspectives of our associates, our customers and our suppliers. Diversity contributes to innovation and connects us to the many communities we serve. We commit to embrace these values as we move toward an increasingly inclusive culture where every associate feels empowered to bring their whole self to Werner.

Supporting our associates at Werner is important, and we strive to foster an environment that allows everyone to feel comfortable, empowered and valued. This isn’t something we just talk about, it’s something we put into action. At Werner, we give the diverse voices of our team a platform of peers to connect with, exchange ideas and learn from one another through Associate Resource Groups (ARGs). These groups play an important role in providing the tools we feel are necessary to ensure our DE&I goals are fulfilled. ARGs are led by associates who volunteer their time and efforts to promote cultural awareness, engagement and education. ARGs are open to ALL associates and drivers, and we encourage them to join multiple groups.

Our IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability & Learning) Council leads the creation, direction and growth of our ARGs. This council is composed of a diverse mix of 15 associates across the organization.

The WEBold (Black Organizational Leadership Development) ARG is one of nine different ARGs that associates can join. WEBold kicked off Black History Month by hosting a membership meeting where members could engage with each other, introduce the steering committee, kick off Black History Month with educational and engaging activities and highlight several goals for 2022.

One of the activities included “A Challenge” for each member – scheduling a FREE routine health exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans and people of color in the United States have higher cases of health-related problems that can be prevented or diagnosed earlier if annual routine health exams were prioritized. This is a FREE benefit for all, so WEBold challenged all members to schedule their routine health exams. Prizes and additional discussions will occur throughout the year to shine a spotlight on overall health and wellness.

We are excited to see what activities and innovations will come from these diverse ARGs. If you are interested in joining or finding out additional information, please contact the email address listed after the group. And remember, all associates are welcome to join all ARGs!

Blue Brigade (bluebridge@werner.com)

This volunteer group is a team of compassionate and committed associates who volunteer their time and talent to serve the community.

On Time Delivery Toastmaster’s Club (toastmasters@werner.com)

This group provides a supportive space for employees to develop communication and leadership skills to grow self-confidence and increase productivity.

WEVets (wevets@werner.com)

WEVets aims to help veterans capitalize on networking opportunities, develop in their careers and serve our communities.

WLA (Women’s Leadership Alliance) (wla@werner.com)

WLA’s mission is to make Werner an employer of choice among women through events geared toward education, networking and internal exposure.

YEL (Young Emerging Leaders) (youngemergingleaders@werner.com)

YEL is an avenue for employees to engage, enhance and guide the company forward into the future.

WEPride (wepride@werner.com)

WEPRIDE serves as a visible, accessible resource for LGBTQIA+ employees, providing networking and career development opportunities to attract, retain and engage talent.

WEAsME (Asian and Middle Eastern) (weasme@werner.com)

WEAsME creates a platform that raises awareness, shares resources and provides support for the Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.

Sociedad Werner (sociedadwerner@werner.com)

Sociedad Werner provides networking, education, career development and community engagement for Latino employees.

To learn more about Werner’s ARGs, please email one of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Partners:

Yesenia – ymadera@werner.com

Jarriet – jarriet.dewitt@werner.com

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