Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity of thought, diversity of perspective, and diversity of experience are important to the long-term success of our business. We want to ensure every person who chooses to work at VGM has equal opportunity to learn, grow, advance, and achieve their goals regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or form of worship. We’re committed to providing a workplace where everybody feels they belong, where they are welcome to be themselves, and where they are valued as part of the VGM family.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee complements efforts of our business to recruit and retain talent with various backgrounds and perspectives. They work to spread awareness, share education, and help our organization grow more fully into a place where every individual feels a sense of belonging.   

DEI at VGM: 2021 Progress Report

In the summer of 2020, CEO Mike Mallaro put VGM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to work. Just one year later, we’ve made strides toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We have a lot of work left to do and are committeed to DEI as an important part of the fabric of our company. Here is a snapshot of our progress so far.

Corporate/Recruiting

  • Targeted diversity recruitment initiated in Waterloo, Nashville, and Phoenix
  • Recruiting partnerships with area high schools, colleges, and organizations that support people with barriers to employment
  • Floating holiday policy instituted 
  • DEI plicies added to employee owner handbook
  • DEI a VGM video created

Diversity Demographics Tracking & Measurement

Diversity demographics at VGM by Gender in Workforce and Leadership

Partnerships

  • African-American Males Achieving Success (AAMAS)
  • Friends of Disabled Adults & Children (FODAC)
  • Friends of the Family
  • House of Hope
  • Inclusion Connection
  • North Star Community Services
  • One City United
  • Waterloo Schools Career Center

DEI work is an ongoing effort. We know there is much work to be done, but we are here to do it. Every employee owner is part of this journey, and every step is a step in the right direction.