Discovery’s Commitment to Diversity
As told by Discovery Communications President and CEO, David Zaslav, “As a global community that serves millions of customers, diversity and inclusion are critical links to our viewers, communities, and stakeholders. The most innovative ideas and solutions come from the widest range of thoughts and ideas –and it is our people who distinguish us. The diverse minds, experiences, cultures and unique points of view of our employees give Discovery a competitive advantage.”
Diversity is embedded at the core of Discovery. Diversity lives in our content, is shared among employees and is at the heart of our greatest achievements.
Employee Resource Groups at Discovery
Employee resource groups (ERGs) function as the cornerstone of Discovery’s diversity initiatives. Representing veterans, ethnic minorities and women, members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community and more, ERGs draw upon their collection of unique experiences to help drive our mission of fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.
The Asian Cultural Alliance aims to champion Asian American employees within Discovery by: providing leadership opportunities’ focusing on professional development efforts and programs and highlighting contributions of Asian American employees internally and externally.
The Black Cultural Alliance initiatives are designed to support Discovery’s strategic business objectives, to ensure a strong pipeline of talented, high-performing individuals of African descent, and to positively impact the communities in which BCA members live and work.
The Veterans Group serves as Discovery’s connection to the military community through outreach programs and recruitment initiatives. Our presence in the military community strengthens Discovery’s position as an all-inclusive, progressive media company, and provides internal Veterans with professional networking and mentoring opportunities.
GenD serves as resource group for Discovery’s early career employees, encouraging its members from around the globe to develop professionally through leadership skills, industry knowledge and cross-divisional relationships.
Discovery’s priDe employee resource group is for LGBT staff and their allies working to support inclusion, recruitment, retention, development and advancement. priDe serves as a resource to the company for internal, external, on-air and off-air matters related to LGBT issues in both the media industry and general corporate environment.
The Discovery Women’s Network aims to foster a strong association among the women of Discovery and their peers, to provide resources for leadership and professional development, and to act as a catalyst for high-performance execution both at an individual level and company-wide.
Discovery Family Forum aims to create an inclusive network promoting support and understanding to enhance the lives of Discovery’s working parents and caregivers by: exchanging ideas, resources and experiences, empowering one another, and encouraging opportunities for internal and external recognition.
ableD aims to provide support, increased visibility and resources for Discovery employees and their families while promoting disability awareness throughout the Discovery community. ableD supports and recognizes all forms of disabilities, both seen and unseen.
unidaD aims to provide a support system for Latino and Hispanic Discovery employees while raising the cultural awareness throughout the greater Discovery community. unidaD also aims to support Discovery’s business initiative through partnering with Discovery networks to provide research, development and programming input as needed. unidaD will serve as a forum and resource for employees who self-identify as Latino or Hispanic and those with genuine curiosity, respect and interest in the culture and history.
LifeWorks & Inclusion Team
Discovery LifeWorks & Inclusion is a company-wide initiative that supports innovation at Discovery through inclusion of the broadest range of perspectives – yours. Discovery has a history of outreach, and a global focus on diversity & inclusion, expressed by employee-driven groups like priDe, the Discovery Veterans Group, the Women’s Network, Generation Discovery (genD), the Asian Cultural Alliance, the Black Cultural Alliance, ableD, unidaD and the Discovery Family Forum. Employees serving as Global Diversity Ambassadors serve as thought leaders around the topic of global diversity and champion local initiatives.