Inclusion and diversity isn’t an inspirational goal, it’s the way American Airlines achieves success. By making inclusion and diversity a priority, we are able to maintain a workplace where every employee wants to be and prosper. With a workforce that represents a diverse world, American is able to drive innovation, creating an airline that customers want to fly and investors want to invest in. We are a global community — supporting each other and our customers in realizing the possibilities we can achieve with a dynamic and vibrant team. Hear what chairman and CEO Doug Parker says about the importance of diversity at American.
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Learn how American Airlines promotes diversity through a wide variety of Employee Business Resource Groups.
The Asian Pacific Islander, Muslim and Indian Employee Business Resources Groups (EBRGs) collaborated to offer colleagues a unique learning experience through cultural costume and performances in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Each May, for the past 15 years, members of the EBRGs hold celebrations in honor of the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
In celebration of Mexican culture, the Latin Diversity Network hosted a Cinco de Mayo event at HDQ2. Folkloric dancers and mariachis performed and donations were collected for programs such as International Foster Care at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth. Traditionally, May 5 celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the battle of the Puebla in 1862, but it has come to be a celebration of Mexican-American pride and tradition.
American Airlines employees celebrated Holi Hai, or the Festival of Colors, at an HDQ event in March. The event marks the transition from winter to spring. The Indian Employee Business Resource Group hosted the event that featured music and a dance performance by coworkers. Singing, dancing and splattering one another with colored powders and water are among the festivities traditionally observed during the Hindu spring holiday event.
On June 23, American Airlines recognized employees who have demonstrated leadership in diversity and inclusion. The Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Inclusion & Diversity highlights the impact these dedicated employees have here at work and within the communities they support. Read more.
Tuskegee Airmen Robert T. McDaniel (left) and Eugene J. Richardson Jr. and his son, American Airlines Capt. Eugene Richardson, II, attend an invitation-only screening of The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of a Second Class Hero, held at the C.R. Smith Museum Feb. 3. The documentary chronicles the life and struggle of retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, a Tuskegee Airman and former prisoner of war.
American Airlines supported the Supreme Court’s decision on equal marriage rights for all in 2015. The airline has a history of supporting equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and customers. American’s support of the LGBT community prompted the Human Rights Campaign to award the airline the highest ranking in its Corporate Equality Index since 2002. Learn more.
American Airlines began celebrating World Diversity Day (WDD) in 2012. American employees hail from around the world. The airline’s WDD spotlights different cultures’ colorful clothing, ethnic treats, parades and dancing. In 2015, a record number of American employees participated systemwide. Learn more.