As a global leader in connecting travelers with hundreds of destinations and cultures, American Airlines has long believed that diversity adds value. American’s employees were proud to put that diversity in the spotlight during this year’s World Diversity Day events that the airline hosted systemwide. Our Parade of Destinations featured more than 80 employees in cultural dress representing the countries we serve directly or through our oneworld partners.
Other World Diveristy Day events were held in ORD, PHX, TUL, INT and RDU, but HDQ’s Parade featured more than 40 countries — more than any other WDD event held to date.
In 2002, the UN declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity (WDD). Later, a grassroots campaign expanded on the idea, encouraging people worldwide to “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion."
According to American Airlines Inclusion & Diversity specialist, Michelle Simmons, “We are the largest airline in the world, providing our customers easy access to hundreds of domestic and international destinations. In doing so, it is our responsibility to know more about the cultures of the many destinations we serve and our own employees represent.”
With more than 20 Employee Business Resource Groups, the breadth American employees’ cultures are well represented. American strives to set the standard among businesses for employee diversity and inclusion.
On May 21, American employees participated in events held systemwide for World Diversity Day. The Parade of Destinations, held at American’s Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters, featured more than 40 countries. Employees dressed in traditional clothing and costumes and many performed cultural dances. It was the largest WDD event to date.
American employees were encouraged to express themselves and their cultures for World Diversity Day. Employees dressed in traditional clothing and costumes and many performed cultural dances during the festivities.
American employees regularly promote cultural and diversity awareness through more than 20 Employee Business Resource Groups — employee-led organizations that promote diversity and inclusion through appreciation, education and celebration. Many of those EBRGs worked to make 2016 World Diversity Day the best one to date. Learn more.