This post was authored by Enza Kitongo, Diabetes Specialty Sales Professional, U.S. Diabetes; and Holly Glover, Sr. Musculoskeletal Specialty Manager, Genzyme, representing the ADVANCE ERG
Sharing Black History Through Stories
Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Washington, D.C., announces a theme for the February Black History Month observations. This year’s theme celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act forbade discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin and race in hiring, promoting and firing. It also forbade discrimination with regard to compensation terms, conditions or privileges. To enforce this new act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was formed, and it expanded the scope of the law to include many previously discriminated categories.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has also initiated a project called the StoryCorp Griot in order to gather and preserve the life stories of African American families.
Sanofi‘s Commitment to Cultural Relevancy
At Sanofi, we are celebrating our common humanity, the myriad contributions and achievements, and the richness and diversity of the African American experience. There are examples all around us at work and in our communities.
– In his New Year message to all employees, Sanofi CEO Chris Viehbacher underscored the strategic importance of a diverse workforce.
– The A1c Champions program is one example of Sanofi’s commitment to diverse patient populations by staffing culturally relevant diabetes patient outreach. This group shares personal stories about diabetes, provides support and practical advice on healthy lifestyle choices, motivation and blood sugar control.
– Throughout February, the ADVANCE Sanofi Employee Resource Group will further raise awareness by displaying banners at our Bridgewater Headquarters with some rich and important contributions to society by African Americans. In addition, we will have other facts and accomplishments on a series of TV monitors at several company sites.
To learn more about Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion at Sanofi, visit: http://www.sanofi.us/l/us/en/layout.jsp?scat=8426CBE4-3723-4B5F-B65F-B0562F090AAD
Celebrate who we are. Together we are Sanofi.