Every single one of us must do our part—to listen, to learn, and to speak out and take action against social and racial injustice.
Everyone deserves to be free of discrimination, harassment and bias, no matter its source. And it will take all of us to bring about the changes we need and seek. In response to the desire to listen, to learn, and to ask questions to better understand allyship and advocacy, we have started a company-wide discussion series entitled “Daring Dialogue.” More than 3,600 employees participated in two of these topical conversations over the past several months. The attendance rate of the dialogue exceeded 90 percent.
At Citrix, we are committing to take the following actions:
To increase Black employee representation within Citrix, we will expand our recruiting at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and AfroTech, and engage sourcing agencies specifically focused on Black and African American candidates.
To improve our career pathing and leadership development of Black employees, we provide executive mentors for Black employees identified through our Black Professionals Network or those on VP management succession plans, deliver unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion training for all employees, and expand opportunities for Black employees and other underrepresented groups in our leadership development programs with the goal of producing a diverse pipeline of future leaders within Citrix.
At an executive recruiting level, we are committed to having a racially diverse candidate pool for all executive and Board of Director searches.
In addition, we’re making significant investments in a comprehensive Racial Equity and Social Justice Program. Our community outreach campaign will include college scholarships and internships, partnerships with social justice nonprofits and localized adopt-a-school programs for minority at-risk students.
In 2020, employee donations, matched by Citrix, contributed over $500,000 to a variety of social justice organizations. These donations assisted 275 nonprofits with their racial equality work and engaged almost 300 employees in supporting causes that promote racial equality.
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In 2020, we celebrated Black History Month by reflecting on the many historical influences of, and contributions by, minority tech professionals. We also highlighted the opportunities that diversity in thought and experiences give us as we look to the future of technology and Citrix.
It’s a future where the need for more minority professionals in high tech will only grow. U.S. Census projections show that by 2050, half of the U.S. population will identify as part of a minority group. And the talent crunch companies across industries face today will only intensify. A global talent shortage of 85 million employees is expected by 2030.
There’s ample opportunity for technology companies to embrace, develop and advance the voices and ideas of Black professionals and other diverse employees. As we continue our focus on diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Citrix, we believe the most exciting time for diversity in technology is before us.
Like the diversity across our employee base, our Corporate Citizenship efforts are broad and reflect the individual and collective interests and passions of our employee base. Volunteerism at Citrix is based on our program, Simply Serve, and financial donations through our program, Simply Give. In 2019, 3,134 employees participated in Corporate Citizenship activities benefitting 1,179 charities across 40 countries.
Citrix employees receive 16 hours of paid volunteer time each year and can receive up to three additional volunteer days to support disaster relief volunteer efforts. In response to COVID-19, we are identifying opportunities for employees to virtually volunteer.
Citrix matches donations up to 2,000 USD per employee per year to qualifying nonprofits. Through the Dollars for Doers program, employees can volunteer their own time and earn “Cause Cards” allowing them to donate to their favorite nonprofits. In 2020, we doubled this match cap to 4,000 USD per employee to support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Additionally, we have set up a COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund to assist the most vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic.
Our Corporate Giving Program is committed to increasing opportunities and improving the quality of life in our communities, both locally and globally. Citrix contributes to many educational and charitable organizations. Donations are made to nonprofit and non-governmental charitable organizations who are non-religious and non-political with an emphasis on diversity and globalization. These organizations are championed by Citrix employees and provide many volunteer opportunities. Please review our list of organizations supported by the Corporate Giving Program.
Our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging extends through our procurement policies. The Citrix Supplier Diversity program actively encourages diversity within the supply base, promoting social inclusion by using diverse suppliers.
Supplier Diversity at Citrix identifies and promotes the equitable inclusion of diverse third-party suppliers within all our business operations. We define a Diverse Supplier as a business owned by an underrepresented group or person whether registered with an official certifying body or not, including Small Business Enterprises (SBE). Through partnerships with our Corporate Diversity Councils: Disability:IN, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), we can identify suppliers in each of these diversity categories. Our goal is to include at least one qualified diverse supplier for each of our purchasing opportunities, when diverse suppliers exist within the category. We track our spend with existing diverse suppliers and provide Tier 2 reporting to our customers when requested.
Through partnerships with our Corporate Diversity Councils:
In 2019, we hosted an Interactive Supplier Diversity Fair where 22 diverse suppliers, five Supplier Diversity Advocacy organizations and Citrix employees across various departments convened to discuss how diverse suppliers can gain business opportunities and/or expand existing relationships with Citrix.
For 2020, we have joined the Inclusion Works program at Disablity:IN, connecting with its 49 member companies committed to creating an inclusive culture for people of diverse abilities, including physical disabilities, neurodiversity and mental health in the workplace. We are in the process of developing a roadmap to improve our accessibility and broaden our inclusion of employees with disabilities.
As we begin to look into expanding our program to a more Global/International perspective by region in 2021 and beyond, we have begun to do some work in India to identify our Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Suppliers and collect the appropriate certificates.
Our Supplier/Partner Code of Business Conduct sets the standards of conduct for suppliers and partners working on behalf of Citrix. It expresses our values—including acting ethically, supporting communities and respecting the environment—and serves as a foundation for Citrix policies and practices.