We have a lot to learn, we have a long way to go, but I know that we have a really good team behind us and I know everybody who has been involved so far is really excited about the journey ahead.
This month, Sonepar is taking a closer look at the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and Sonepar North America President Rob Taylor and Senior Vice President for Human Resources Bernadette Palumbo, recently sat down together to talk about why it’s such an imperative aspect for Sonepar’s growth.
Reflecting on why now more than ever we need to have a clear focus on how we make our company more diverse, Bernadette explained, “Not only because of recent events, but over the course of the past several years, Sonepar has really been focused on how diversity and inclusion can make us a more competitive employer of choice. I do believe that we’ve reached a point where we are translating our messaging into actions.” She continued, “We have created a Diversity and Inclusion council made up of senior leaders throughout the organization. We had our first meeting on August 4th, where we grounded every one of the council’s intent which is to help drive diversity strategies, advise us on further actions we could or should be taking, and help us to identify which external activities we could be partaking in as an employer.”
Rob added that the company has also created an email address for associates to send in their questions and ideas on ways in which they can improve their diversity and inclusivity initiatives and concluded, “For us, creating this modern and diverse environment is certainly an imperative, and the way in which we think about valuing opportunity and differences in people will ultimately make our company much better.” He continued, “We have a lot to learn, we have a long way to go, but I know that we have a really good team behind us and I know everybody who has been involved so far is really excited about the journey ahead.”
About Sonepar USA
Sonepar USA is an independent, family-owned company with global market leadership in the B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial and safety products, services and solutions. We are a proud member of the Sonepar Group, the world’s largest privately-held electrical distributor. Sonepar entered the US in 1998 and has continued to grow due to strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Today, Sonepar USA is represented by 14 locally managed operating companies with over 700 locations nationwide. For more information, visit soneparusa.com.