To foster an environment of inclusiveness, which holds leadership accountable for creating, developing, promoting and championing a diverse, multicultural workforce where all people can achieve and contribute to the company’s creativity and continued success.
In our business, understanding different cultures is a major advantage. To succeed, our brands have to appeal to (and therefore reflect) an extraordinarily diverse array of consumers across the globe.
Of course, reflecting the cultures and aspirations of our myriad audiences worldwide means having a workforce and workplace that is truly diverse, multicultural and inclusive. That’s why we’ve long been committed to fostering an environment that not only engages and respects each of our employees as individuals, but also supports them as they flourish – both professionally and personally.
The strength of our company is our employees, and we’re proud to attract some of the most talented and creative in the industry. This multigenerational, multicultural workforce has shaped a unique culture centred on creative excellence, teamwork, opportunity and inclusion.
This shared set of values drives everything we do, helping us better connect with our audiences and recruit and retain the best in the business. Indeed, throughout our organisation, we embrace global diversity and inclusion in all its forms, on screen and off, from our programming and films to employee programs and initiatives.
Our Office of Global Inclusion serves as a companywide strategic resource and department dedicated to these issues. In addition, the Global Inclusion Advisory Committee (GIAC), a senior-level cross-functional internal “think tank," provides advice and counsel on all matters related to diversity and inclusion. Its members serve as a shorthand to our business and have focused on initiatives such as employee-on boarding, executive leadership, and job rotation and mobility.
Through our companywide Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), groups of employees are encouraged and empowered to establish greater presence, developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, enhancing professional development and supporting the company’s business goals. Our ERGs focus on career development, mentoring, networking, and community service and take the lead on heritage and cultural month activities and celebrations.
Current ERGs include: Emerge for LGBT+ employees, Thursday Think for next generation leaders, HERE for women, `Fusion’ Celebrating cultural diversity, and The ParentHood, a dedicated group for working parents. All ERG programmes and opportunities extend throughout every level of the company and across every department, are constantly re-evaluated to ensure they remain relevant and effective for all.
As for our programming, we were proud to introduce the first married gay couple on a Nickelodeon cartoon. Our decision to feature a married bi-racial same-sex couple in Loud House has been met with overwhelmingly positive reactions. The same is true of Nella the Princess Knight – a princess AND a knight – proving she can be both, and encouraging children to be anyone they want to be.
Comedy Central partnered with Funny Women to present the 2018 Comedy Short award. The Funny Women Awards have been promoting female comics for 15 years, introducing household names including Katherine Ryan, Sarah Millican, Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe. The coveted industry awards help raise funds and awareness for the organisation’s charity partner, UN Women He-For-She Movement.
We also created a MTV Snapchat Discovery series with Single AF and RuPaul Drag Race star Courtney Act, who in offering sex and relationship advice tackles topics including gender terminology.
Additionally, last year, MTV Australia turned the channel off for 12 hours. It was the final day that people could register to vote in the upcoming Marriage Law Survey. Equality is core to the MTV brand and given the power of the young adult vote, we wanted to ensure that our audience had every opportunity to register themselves for a vote that was going to determine the nation’s position on marriage equality.