Our Commitment to Building a Company Culture Powered by Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
by Amanda Halbritter, Senior Global Content Marketer, Rackspace Technology
We truly believe that diversity of thought sparks innovation. That’s why we wanted to join the United Nations in observing the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21 by sharing our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB).
We’re known throughout the industry for our diverse, inclusive, and vibrant company culture that cultivates a sense of belonging while offering growth and enrichment opportunities for every employee. Research shows that companies who hire employees with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives see increased performance and better business results.
“We’re committed to advancing diversity and inclusion at every level in our company,” said Chinten Parikh, Senior Director of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. “We deliver the future for our customers by creating a culture in which Rackers feel a sense of belonging and can thrive by being their whole authentic selves to work.”
Rackspace Technology®'s global DIB strategy, outlined in our Environmental, Social, and Governance Report, is built on the foundation that all Rackers and potential Rackers, customers, vendors, business partners, and guests are treated with respect and not discriminated against based on who they are.
Our Employee Resource Groups
While we have a long-established rich culture of diversity and inclusion, our mission is to propel Rackspace Technology to the next level in our journey. Our global employee resource groups, which we call Racker Resource Groups (RRGs), lead the charge by bringing Rackers across the world together to feel that sense of belonging.
These groups provide members and leaders with valuable opportunities to grow networks, engage in mentorship, support each other, and practice leadership in a safe setting. RRGs provide diversity education, professional development, networking, support, and a place for belonging.
Some of our RRGs include:
Elevating Asian Strengths and Talents (EAST): The vision of EAST is to build and grow the appreciation for diversity by celebrating Asian heritages and cultures; serve as a resource for education and promotion of all Asian cultures; create networking opportunities for the members to foster personal and professional growth and visibility; and develop a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and trust within Rackspace Technology.
Professional Organization for Women’s Empowerment at Rackspace Technology (POWER): The mission of POWER is to create a community where women thrive and drive greatness at Rackspace Technology through unity, support, and growth in an environment of trust, freedom, and accountability.
Together With Pride - Supporting LGBTQ+ and educating Rackers and allies: The mission of Together with Pride is to be a resource for all Rackers, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, by providing opportunities to celebrate, engage and develop at Rackspace Technology and in the local community.
RackParents - A support network for working parents: This global, diverse, and topic-centric group offers tools, advice, coffee chats, and more for parents, caregivers, and guardians. It is a source of connection, support, and information to help Rackers navigate the challenges of being a working parent.
Rackspace Lavender - Supporting mental wellness and physical abilities: The mission of Rackspace Lavender is to foster an inclusive community supportive of mental health and physical abilities built on pillars of education and accessibility.
Rackspace Remoters - Bringing together our distributed workforce: The mission of Rackspace Remoters is to build, engage, enable, and support a community of distributed employees at Rackspace Technology. In addition, Rackspace Remoters focuses on including remote and work-from-home Rackers in all aspects of Rackspace Technology.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Remoters were instrumental in helping to transition the organization into a virtual workplace. In addition to technical assistance, Rackspace Remoters provided tips and strategies to ensure each Racker’s wellness remained top of mind.
RackVET - Leveraging the talent of our military veterans: RackVET is a group of Rackers that have served in the armed forces. They voluntarily come together with the shared goal of making Rackspace Technology an even better place to work through group-initiated activities designed to educate, advocate, and celebrate.
RISE - Rackspace Inclusive Support and Empowerment to Lift Black, African and African American Rackers: The mission of RISE is to increase the awareness of cultural diversity and inclusion at all levels of management at Rackspace Technology through a continued commitment to diversity, education, and projects using the five-C model: Culture, Career, Communication, Commerce and Community.
VIVA! - Celebrating and promoting our LatinX cultures: The mission of Viva is to develop, inspire and motivate our members while celebrating and promoting awareness of the Hispanic/Latino culture in the community and at Rackspace Technology.
Our strategy helps us hire and retain key talent, drive revenue, and support the communities in which we serve. Rackspace Technology strives to be a world-class company known for its diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. Simply put, we want to be the best place to work!
Building the Best Place to Work
“Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging are critically important to our culture,” said Kevin Jones, our Chief Executive Officer. “It is one of my highest priorities to ensure that the decision-making voices within the company bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and cultural points of view to the table.”
Our unique employee culture is consistently recognized externally across the globe. We have been honored by the Great Place to Work Institute in the U.S., India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
We’ve also attained a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and were named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. And we’ve been named a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times magazine, a Top 50 Best Workplace for Latinas in the U.S. by Latina Style Magazine, and a Best Place to Work for Moms, Dads, and Parents Working Remotely by Parents@Work.
We pride ourselves on developing programs that drive the growth of a diverse and inclusive workforce around the world today and into the future. Learn more about how we’re committed to creating a workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work every day by downloading our Environmental, Social, and Governance Report.
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