(Updated Sept 2020)
1. Diversity & Inclusion Charter
Sophos celebrates diversity and is committed to building an inclusive culture across all our global sites. We believe diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos.
We are passionate about creating a workplace of equal opportunity where everyone feels they can deliver the best work of their careers, irrespective of differences such as age, race, sexual orientation, national origin, physical abilities or gender.
2. Diversity & Inclusion Definitions
Diversity refers to the different traits and characteristics that make people unique, such as values, beliefs, experiences, background, preferences and behaviors. Diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people including:
- Differences in age, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical abilities or gender
- Differences in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, perspectives and knowledge
Inclusion refers to a work environment where all individuals:
- Feel included and supported
- Are treated fairly and respectfully
- Have equal access to opportunities and resources
- Contribute fully to the organization’s success
Diversity & Inclusion (or “D&I”) refers to our mission, strategy, and initiatives that foster and support a diverse workplace.
3. Diversity & Inclusion in our Values & Guiding Principles
One of our guiding principles is diversity, as we believe diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos:
- We serve a global and immensely diverse group of customers and partners, and our global workforce should reflect that
- We aim to create a highly skilled, diverse, and effective global workforce
- We undertake dedicated programs to enhance the diversity and quality of our global team
- We seek to create an inclusive work environment, where everyone feels comfortable and safe, and where all team members can do the best work of their careers
4. Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Groups
Sophos has established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that represent specific communities (LGBTQ+, Professionals of Color, Military Veterans, Age Groups, Diverse Abilities, Sophos Women in Tech, Multicultural Awareness, Indigenous Peoples) and ensure that their voices are heard, and their needs understood across the business. The ERGs provide valuable insights to help steer projects and initiatives and make sure that they remain relevant and impactful to our diverse global workforce and enable us to continue to improve D&I at Sophos.
5. Diversity & Inclusion Objectives
We have outlined some core D&I objectives to help focus efforts:
- Develop global and regional D&I Strategy and Action Plans
- Understand our current employee demographics
- Understand and hear people’s experiences (through storytelling, surveys, focus groups, 1:1 etc.)
- Promote forums and channels for employees to feel safe to share their experiences or report issues
- Acquire, develop and retain talent from a diverse talent pool
- Provide resources and learning opportunities for all employees to drive more inclusive behaviours and foster equality
- Review global policies and programs to enable greater inclusion
- Ensure Sophos leaders model diversity and inclusion
- Raise awareness about conscious and unconscious bias
- Recognize and foster the connection between innovation and D&I
- Develop external outreach and sponsorship opportunities, promoting D&I in the communities that Sophos serves
6. Measurement and Reporting
We want to better understand our current levels of representation and identify trends so that we can take action where appropriate and monitor our progress. For this reason, we ask all employees to share their diversity data with us on a purely voluntary basis. We understand that this information is deeply personal and sharing it may be a daunting prospect for many. This is why we want to provide the reassurance that individual data will only be visible to a restricted group of individuals within HR, and it will only be used for the purposes of improving D&I at Sophos. The information will be used on an anonymous basis to conduct large-scale analysis of our different processes to ensure fairness and equality.
7. Interpretation and No Contractual Effect
Sophos retains sole discretion to interpret and apply this Policy. This Policy does not form part of any employee's contract of employment and Sophos may amend it at any time at the Company’s absolute discretion without notice.