HUMAN EQUITY & DIVERSITY
We value Human Equity – the principle that all associates should feel respected, appreciated, and inspired to reach their full potential
CoBank has actively embraced a Human Equity strategy designed to maximize the individual knowledge, skills, and intangible assets of each associate. This goes beyond traditional diversity and inclusion measures to include a holistic understanding of what makes people unique within our organization, such as thinking styles, working styles, geographic location, tenure, and other differentiating attributes.
Our Human Equity Executive Council (HEEC) – composed of senior leaders from the bank’s executive team – meets quarterly to report on our progress and approve actions to meet our goals.
Each executive leads a group of associates that helps to create change in areas such as Leadership and Management Style, Culture and Environment, Rewards and Recognition, and Talent Acquisition and Retention. Results of HEEC efforts so far include the introduction of a parental leave program, a paid day off enabling associates to volunteer for charitable organizations, a peer-to-peer associate recognition program and more.
CoBank also continues to leverage relationships that further assist in meeting our Human Equity goals. Organizations that we have long-standing partnerships with include:
For over three decades, INROADS has helped businesses like CoBank support and develop talented minority youth with outstanding potential. We regularly employ INROADS interns and are proud to help prepare them for a future in corporate and community leadership.
Arrupe Jesuit High School
CoBank supports the school’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) which gives economically disadvantaged high school students from the Denver area the opportunity to work in entry-level office positions. Of the first eight classes to participate in CWSP, 100% of students were accepted to college. Over 90% are the first in their family to attend college, and 70% have graduated college or are continuing their studies.
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Assistance Migrant Program assists first-generation college students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers, or the children of these workers, in pursuing college degrees. CoBank supports the program through contributions that fund paid professional internships for CAMP students to help them build valuable job skills and experience.