NSJ receives second-straight ADL Community of Respect designation.
For the second consecutive year, Nathan Sommers Jacobs received the Community of Respect® designation from the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League. The designation recognizes Nathan Sommers Jacobs' fulfillment of a series of ADL-approved anti-bias activities, the signing of a Resolution of Respect and the creation of a diversity committee. George R. Gibson, a Shareholder of the firm, said, "We're exceptionally proud to receive this recognition from the ADL. We recognize the importance of ADL's work to secure justice and fair treatment for everybody, and are excited to participate in ADL's Community of Respect program."
The ADL defines specific activities and goals each company needs to reach to become a Community of Respect.
- Make respect for diversity a core value in your company and articulate it as such in the company's handbook/employee manual.
- Provide ongoing awareness programs about the value of human diversity for all employees in the organization.
- Take advantage of diversity consultants and training programs such as the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute's A WORKPLACE OF DIFFERENCETM to assist you with ongoing education.
- Incorporate diversity as a business goal. Secure a high degree of commitment from all employees.
- Become aware and respectful of individual work styles.
- Create an environment conducive to the exploration of diversity.
- Learn about co-workers' backgrounds and share your own. Ask questions that invite explanation and answer with the same.
- Create a display area where employees can post notices of events and activities happening in their communities.
- Publish and distribute to all staff a list of ethnic and/or religious holidays and the meaning of the customs associated with celebrating them.
- Sponsor a lunchtime "brown-bag" series that features speakers on diversity topics.
- Sponsor a mentoring program and reach out to students in local high schools and colleges.
- Provide opportunities to attend local cultural events and exhibits.
- Brainstorm additional ways to create a Community of Respect™.
- Do pro-bono-work in minority/ethnically diverse communities.
- Adopt, mentor and share with another company that is interested in becoming a Community of Respect™ Partner