Employee Reference Group (ERG)
Voluntary, employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organisations they serve.
Intended to foster a feeling of community in the workplace, they are also sometimes called Affinity Groups, Diversity Groups, Employee Resource Groups, Employee Identity Groups or Experience-based Groups
Google has over 16 Employee Resource Groups with more than 250 chapters globally that support professional development opportunities for underrepresented communities. Creating ERGs are often a part of a company’s steps to implement a diversity and inclusion strategy.