It is year two on Hanzo's road to taking concrete steps toward our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our observation is that this journey is neither linear nor speedy. However, we realize it is ok because our primary motivation, our why, is about infusing DEI into our culture to be a great workplace and a company that successfully delivers against its vision and mission.
We believe it is essential to create a culture where employees feel they can be themselves, are supported with fair and equitable opportunities for growth and reward, and share their diverse perspectives to collaborate better and innovate.
To that end, Hanzo conducted a voluntary survey of diversity and demographics for the second year in a row. This report shares our results, celebrates our strengths, and notes those areas where we need to improve. It concludes with a look at the necessary steps as we progress on this journey of continual improvement.
Survey Methodology & Participation
Hanzo asked employees to participate in the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Transparency Survey. We received responses from 40 of our 51 employees for a 78.43% participation rate. Answering the survey was not mandatory.
We asked questions about our respondents' general demographics, including gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, age, and the number of years with Hanzo. We also asked whether respondents had children at home, felt supported at Hanzo, and how they felt about Hanzo's diversity initiatives.
Although the survey was anonymous, we provided a "prefer not to answer" option for questions as a safety valve for the privacy of the survey participants. To further protect our employees' privacy, we are not publicly providing all details or any specific write-in responses.
- Ethnicity diversity has decreased since 2021 and wasn't great last year.
- People with disabilities are underrepresented in Hanzo's global workforce.
- Diversity in sexuality has increased. Hanzo is a more LGBTQ+ friendly place than it was last year, and last year it was fine.
- There has been a small (but not significant) increase in gender diversity since 2021.
- Survey apathy (people who don't take the survey) & prefer not to say create significant challenges in capturing year-over-year data.
Over the past year, Hanzo's Volunteer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team have achieved the following to advance these goals within Hanzo's culture.
Honoring heritage months and awareness celebrations
The team highlighted through educational presentations or blog articles, interactive events, and fun activities heritage months and other celebrations to bring awareness of the diverse world in which we live.
Incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion within Hanzo's culture
It was a seminal year for Hanzo's DEI effort. It started by launching a volunteer committee to oversee the initiative and was quickly followed by an employee survey to establish our baseline. We've added inclusion as a core company value, publicly stating Hanzo's commitment on our website and communication channels and transparently publishing the second annual report.
Mental health awareness and new supportive benefits
Weathering the pandemic and transitioning to a new post-Covid world has been a stressful time globally. To raise mental health awareness, combat the stigmas associated with them, and ensure employees know about the available resources, Hanzo added the following:
- Global Mental Health Policy - Outlines additional employee benefits such as mental health days and the employee assistance plan.
- Free Calm App - Access for all employees
- Summer Fridays - Implemented to encourage employees to take time off to relax and recharge, acknowledging some employees don't take their vacation.
Travel support policy for employees to access reproductive care
In the US, after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision overturning Roe v. Wade, which provided the constitutional right to privacy when determining one's own reproductive decisions, access to reproductive medical care became no longer a constitutional right. Hanzo created a new travel support policy to assist employees in accessing needed medical care in lawfully available states.
The Journey Forward
It's a long and winding road where progress can appear elusive. However, we're creating momentum and committed to the path. As we advance on this journey, we will continually hone our goals and commitments further. We strive to be:
- Transparent about our progress or lack thereof
- Intentional in our approach
- Concerned with improving diversity, equity, and inclusion
Please download the report to read the detailed results and our commitments for the future.
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