Employee Reference Group (ERG)

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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.

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What Are Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)?