Bringing People Together: The Importance of Employee Resource Groups to Workplace Culture

By Emma Cheer
Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at GlobalFoundries

At GF, our people are our most valuable resource. Our business operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week across three continents. The people behind our success are innovative, talented and dedicated to providing outstanding solutions for our customers.

We are 13,000 employees strong, with each team member encouraged to bring their authentic self to work. So how does GF support that?

From our first employee resource group, GlobalWomen, to our newest, ConnectAbility, our employees have a range of opportunities to meet like-minded team members from around the world.

What are ERGs?

Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are voluntary, employee-led communities who share a common cause or similar identity to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with GF’s organizational mission, values, goals, business practices and objectives. Here at GF, we benefit from a number of ERG groups, each initiated by employees with executive sponsorship and company endorsement.

Why are ERGs important?

An important component of our comprehensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) program, ERGs play a crucial role in shaping GF’s culture and promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. ERGs provide a platform for underrepresented voices to be heard and empower employees to contribute their unique perspectives. They also collaborate across departments, sites, and business units fostering cross functional collaboration. As a result, GF’s ERGs are the catalysts for positive change, driving initiatives that promote equity and inclusion, and enhance the overall employee experience.

Meet our ERGs

Asian Society for Inclusion and Awareness (ASIA) is dedicated to creating an inclusive and socially just environment for Asian employees and allies. ASIA aims to support and promote the interests of the Asian community through networking, mentoring and increasing awareness of Asian culture and values.

Black Resource Affinity Group (BRAG) embraces diverse experiences of black employees and provides a safe place to express individualism, while continuing to build inclusive cultures.

ConnectAbility enables inclusion, accessibility, awareness, and support for individuals with disabilities, caregivers, and allies. This group creates a supportive network where individuals can connect, share experiences and strategies, and empower the potential of every individual in navigating life and career journeys.

Early Tenure Professionals (ETP) fosters, encourages, and empowers personal and professional development of individuals who have recently entered into a “new” career role by offering academic, philanthropic and social programs.

GlobalFamilies provides a community for employees and their families and share helpful resources to promote a work-life balance.

GlobalWomen (GW) is an alliance of women and allies whose mission is to create a sustainable framework for the professional development of women at GF, working in partnership with allies to drive initiatives that have a positive impact on our people, culture and business.

Pride@GF is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, empowering employees to bring their full selves to work, and informing and guiding GF to create a culture of inclusion.

Remote@GF enables GF remote employees to feel a sense of belonging, thrive and be engaged no matter where the working location is – bringing together a diverse array of individuals who work remotely full-time or hybrid.

Unidos (Hispanic/Latinx Resource Group) promotes and educates GF about the rich Hispanic/Latinx culture and heritage while cultivating advancement and growth of the Hispanic/Latinx employee population.

United States Veteran’s Resource Group (VRG) builds GF’s veteran talent pool, fosters a professional network, and supports veterans throughout the community. The VRG’s values are SERVE: Support, Empower, and Recognize Veteran Expertise.

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