diversity, equity & inclusion

We're Committed to Fostering a More Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Workplace

a culture of inclusivity
Express Yourself at Work

We’re committed to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion because it’s the right thing to do. We welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures, experiences and identities; embracing the individuality that our colleagues bring to their roles at Sparq. We strive for practices and policies that are just, transparent and consistent, and seek to foster an environment that actively welcomes, connects and values everyone. At Sparq, you can be your true self as we work together to succeed together.

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spreading a sense of belonging
Equity Inclusion & Diversity Council

Sparq’s ambition is to have a diverse workforce that’s representative of the cities in which it operates. This led to the formation of our EI&D Council – a group of colleagues who solicit engagement across the organization, contribute to the EI&D framework, metrics and goals and develop initiatives to achieve progress – internally, within local communities and within the technology industry at-large. Their collaborative efforts continually move us forward as we build the most inclusive workplace.

elevating and empowering micro communities
Colleague Resource Groups

We encourage informal workplace communities where colleagues can come together for open and honest dialogue. We’ve formalized these communities into five Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs): Black Voices, Women and Friends, Rainbow, Veterans and disAbility. CRGs offer direct input on local and company-wide EI&D initiatives, such as organizing diverse celebrations, identifying diverse talent management and recruitment platforms and developing community partnerships. They also help to inform our policies and practices to promote equity across our company.

developing an exceptional workforce
Talent Acquisition

To cultivate a talented group of diverse colleagues at Sparq, having an equitable talent acquisition process is essential. Our talent acquisition team creates structured interview processes for candidates, with inclusive language, diverse colleague representation and interviewer training, so all talent candidates are treated with respect throughout the process. We also seek and recruit diversity through diverse hiring platforms and groups. This group stays on top of the needs of diverse candidates by immersing themselves in EI&D learning opportunities.

making connections
Community Engagement

Staying connected to our communities is a vital part of our EI&D efforts and we do this through a variety of engaging events and partnerships. Whether it’s the STEAMIFY competition in Augusta, Georgia, or the STEM Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, supporting STEM events that target diverse groups is essential to paving the way for the next generation of developers and leaders. We also have a strong history of partnering with HBCUs and technical colleges to improve computer science curriculum, while also engaging with high schools where we share our passion for technology in hopes of motivating diverse students to consider STEM careers. 

creating change
Making Strides

Measuring our progress is an important part of ensuring that our EI&D efforts continue to diversify Sparq’s colleague base. Among the many EI&D metrics that Sparq captures, we’re proud to share a few that showcase the growth we’ve experienced in the past year. The number of BIPOC colleagues increased by 53.5% and they now represent 25.7% of our total colleagues. Additionally, the number of women colleagues increased by 38.7% and they now represent 22.2% of our total colleagues. When compared to industry metrics, these accomplishments stand out. We’re looking forward to continuously growing the representation of these and other under-represented groups in the tech sector.

celebrating our achievements
Awards & Recognition

Sparq is proud to have been named to the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. Additional workplace awards we’ve received demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive, equitable culture, including Great Place to Work and Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation (six years in a row). At Sparq, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion isn’t just something that we do. It’s who we are at our core.

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