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PDN Helps GE’s Employees Flourish
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PDN Helps GE’s Employees Flourish

PDN- Person with Disabilities Network, GE’s newest affinity network that was formed in 2016, was created to help employees with disabilities not only have accessible workplaces but become high-achieving performers. GE provides education and engagement for their employees to help thrive within the company and beyond.

The PDN is a project with the goal of recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting employees who have disabilities. GE provides support and offers resources to their employees to help them achieve their fullest abilities.

In addition to the PDN (Person with Disabilities Network), GE offers other affinity networks, all of which were created to recruit diverse pools of talent. Among these groups are:

  • AAF- African American Forum
  • APAF- Asian Pacific American Forum
  • GLBTA- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Alliance
  • HF- Hispanic Forum
  • VN- Veterans Network
  • WN- Women’s Network

With over 295,000 GE employees working in some 180 countries, GE’s culture is as diverse as it is global. GE strongly believes in investing in all their employees through development and education. Each year, GE spends over 1 billion worldwide on such efforts! GE Crotonville, GE’s global leadership training institute, founded in 1956 became the country’s first corporate university and remains the heart of the company’s culture. GE offers its employees a number of initiative to assist them in their lives and vocation. One initiative, "Healthymagination", helps employees access quality healthcare at lower costs. “Ecomagination”, another GE initiative, helps address issues pertaining to the environment.

Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman of The Board and CEO explains, “At GE, diversity, and inclusiveness is about the power of the mix—combining different ideas and experiences to deliver the best results. Our inclusive culture fosters teamwork and innovation to help our people, business and communities thrive.” (Via Letter From Jeff Immelt, GE CEO)

GE’s commitment to diversity is apparent in their many accolades. GE was Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies in 2016, along with being voted “Best Places To Work” by the Human Rights Campaign.

Image credit: Photo by EJ Yao on Unsplash

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