Adobe, headquartered in San Jose, California, is well known for their software used by millions to create a wide range of content, including graphics, photography, illustrations, animation, multimedia/video, and motion pictures. Most people know it by it’s household name, Adobe Photoshop.
It’s more than just a software company. Adobe, with 25,000 employees worldwide, a stock market valuation more than $215 billion, and 2021 revenues of nearly $16 billion, is on a mission to create products that empower people to change the world. This goal is even more important due to the accelerated shift towards a global digital economy over the last two years. The magnitude and impact of these changes affects everyone, and requires organizations to scale their digital engagement with products such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud.
It’s also mission critical that companies take care of their employees. For nearly 40-years, Adobe attributes its success to their people, who have created and built groundbreaking innovations. The tech company also believes in making a positive impact in the world. The global company espouses core values such as being genuine, exceptional, innovative, involved, and relentlessly focused on creating products and experiences that inspire people, transform industries, and move the world forward.
Adobe’s Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion officer, Brian Miller, is responsible for driving the company’s global talent and diversity & inclusion strategy as well as its talent development and acquisition programs. He believes there is an inextricable link between talent and diversity & inclusion. Miller is also advancing Adobe’s strategy on how the company hires, develops and retains its talent, and creates a welcoming all inclusive environment where all employees can be successful.
Miller is committed to cultivating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace for their team members, customers, partners, and stakeholders. This is called “Adobe For All,” and the company works towards this core belief each day. To effect real meaningful change both within the organization and communities, Adobe seeks out to cultivate and enhance partnerships with non-profit organizations to advance equity and inclusion.
For example, in June 2020, Adobe and the Black Employee Network established the “Taking Action Initiative” (TAI), a strategy to accelerate the representation, development, and “success of the Black community across hiring and recruiting, growth and advancement, advocacy, and data transparency.”
TAI consists of five task forces:
- Hiring & Recruiting: Increasing investment in developing a robust talent pipeline
- Growth & Advancement: Fostering greater opportunity, sponsorship, development and advancement
- Responsibility & Advocacy: Identifying key issues where we will direct Adobe’s resources and energy toward advancing equality through our ecosystem
- Community: Bolstering education for all employees to raise awareness of issues on race, inclusion and belonging and creating a platform for the Black experience to be heard
- Transparency & Governance: Enabling more insight, data and accountability to ensure that we are making measurable progress
Introducing the Equity & Advancement Initiative
Miller, in a lively interview shared the “Adobe Equity and Advancement Initiative,” a multi-faceted grantmaking program in support of 11 leading international and domestic non-profit organizations. With the support of the Adobe Foundation, the company is making an initial $20 million investment in these organizations. Adobe seeks to understand the unique challenges of their communities, provide expertise, and identify opportunities to make an impact and support.
The Initiative funds and works with non-profit organizations to create greater, more lasting impact and to meaningfully support the development of non-profit leaders as well as their own business. Each organization is aligned to the identities of Adobe’s eight Employee Network Groups. The company will closely partner with these organizations to help create equal access to education and economic opportunity, provide career development opportunities to empower and equip the next generation of leaders, and fight for the protection and advancement of human rights.
Miller is excited to harness the power and skills of employees to drive partnerships with each organization, which are aligned to the identities of Adobe’s employee network groups. Being involved in our community is deeply ingrained in the #AdobeLife, and they’ll be working with each organization to provide support and expertise through pro bono, board, and community service opportunities.
Through this intentional approach and ongoing investment, Miller is confident that Adobe will be exposed to new ways of partnering with non-profit organizations that will elevate diverse voices and support diversity and inclusion.
Here are some of the Initiatives:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Asian Law Caucus. Using legal advocacy to advance key civil rights issues that have an impact on AAPI and other immigrant communities to promote a more fair and equitable society.
- Disability Rights Fund. Provides financial and technical resources to organizations of persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society.
- Equal Justice Initiative. Committed to ending excessive punishment and mass incarceration, to challenging racial & economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights.
- Equality Now. Striving for a world in which women and men have equal and full enjoyment of their human rights through legal and systemic change; addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.
- First Nations Development Institute. Assists Native American tribes, their communities, and Native nonprofits in economic development by providing technical assistance, training, policy, and the awarding of grants.
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Leading US organization that identifies, inspires, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the community, classroom, and workforce.
- Human Rights Watch. International organization that researches and advocates for fundamental human rights.
- Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Protecting and defending the rights of all Latinos living in the United States and the constitutional rights of all Americans.
- Outright Action International. Fighting for the human rights for LGBTQ people by working at the international, regional and national levels to research, document defend, and advance human rights for LGBTQ people around the world.
- United Services Organization. Strengthening America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation.
- VetsinTech. Supporting veterans with re-integration services and by bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in education, entrepreneurship, and employment
Kenneth Roth, executive director of the Human Rights Watch, said about the initiative, “Adobe’s extraordinary support has come at a critical time in the fight for human rights. The pandemic has spotlighted racial and economic inequalities and reinforced the importance of addressing them,” and “Partnering with Adobe and the broader cohort will help us seize the moment to confront these injustices and the range of other abuses that we address so we can build a fairer and more equitable world.”
Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, said, “The cohort is an investment in our organization and community to come together to share our ideas, approaches, and commitment to social justice. We applaud Adobe’s leadership in understanding that it will take a collective effort to address the issues we face,” and “The grant from the Adobe Foundation will provide us with stronger infrastructure as an organization and allow us to further build our programming in education, workforce and community development.”