Pearson Named ‘Top Company for Diversity’ by Texas Diversity Council

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DiversityFIRST Award presented on Thursday to cheers from thousands of Pearson team members in the Lone Star State

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Thousands of Texans working for Pearson are celebrating the company’s recognition as a “Top Company for Diversity” by the Texas Diversity Council.

The DiversityFIRST™ Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Pearson today at the Diversity Leadership: Empowering to Make a Difference luncheon in San Antonio.

“The DiversityFIRST Award goes out to top companies in diversity—to those with a commitment and record of incorporating diversity into every part of the business,” said Angeles Valenciano, president of the Texas Diversity Council. “Pearson makes diversity a top priority and is leading innovation, excelling in its business and making a difference in the community because of it. We’re pleased to present Pearson the DiversityFIRST Leadership Award.”

The Texas Diversity Council’s award is designated for a business, corporation, or organization that has:

1.    Developed and implemented an effective equal opportunity program or initiative as demonstrated by a diversified work force in which all persons are afforded opportunities for employment and upward mobility, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination.
2.    Exhibited visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities.
3.    Enhanced the quality of life of the community for the improvement of equal opportunity and for the provision of greater access to government and government services by multiracial and multicultural populations and increased citizen participation in government or community activities by all segments of the community.
4.    Demonstrated a consistent pattern of an organizational commitment to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented populations.
5.    Cultivated and promoted or promotes diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work and learning environment.
6.    Demonstrated continued corporate responsibility by devoting resources for the improvement of the community-at-large.

“At Pearson, diversity and inclusion are more than policies on paper—they are fundamental to our business. By fostering inclusion for our customers, employees, and suppliers, we are better able to innovate and help people make measurable progress in their lives through learning,” said Jenni Ward, Pearson's Texas Diversity & Inclusion Advocate. “I am privileged to work alongside colleagues who are some of the most dedicated professionals in the state, and we are proud of the Texas Diversity Council’s honor.”

The Texas Diversity Council is a non-profit agency that provides organizations opportunities to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders about diversity and inclusion efforts.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

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