In keeping with our Stewardship Framework and Vision, Koch promotes diversity in a more inclusive way, from an individual’s standpoint.
“Our starting point,” said Steve Daley, president of Koch’s MBM capability, “is an absolute belief in the importance of having an inclusive workforce. We are convinced we can’t succeed long term without diversity. Our Guiding Principle 7 – Respect, makes it absolutely clear that we are to ‘embrace different perspectives, experiences, aptitudes, knowledge and skills in order to leverage the power of diversity’ in all Koch companies.”
There’s nothing wrong with having a group based on shared interests, Daley continued, “as long as the group is voluntary, inclusive, encourages diverse perspectives and doesn’t request special treatment. Otherwise, they run the risk of becoming exclusionary, divisive or self-focused.”
From an MBM perspective, the purpose of any network or business group should be to build and broaden our employee base. “If we ringfence ourselves with only those people who have backgrounds like ours or the same perspective,” Daley said, “that limits discoveries and sets us up for failure. What we value most at Koch is an individual’s character and contribution mindset, not credentials, connections or group affiliation.”
Does Koch’s unique approach work? Cara Chennault-Reid, the COO of Koch Global Services group, says “yes, it does work. While it’s not always perfect, we do have a great recent example with Koch’s intern program,” which made Forbes’ list of Top 100 Internship Programs this year.