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Porter Novelli Seattle Named One of the Most Equitable Places to Work in Washington

Seattle Purpose-Driven Communicators Ranked #3 on the Inaugural List of Washington’s Most Equitable Workplaces

Porter Novelli Seattle Named One of the Most Equitable Places to Work in Washington

Seattle Purpose-Driven Communicators Ranked #3 on the Inaugural List of Washington’s Most Equitable Workplaces

Published 11-20-19

Submitted by Porter Novelli/Cone

Today, Porter Novelli Seattle was awarded a top spot on the inaugural list of Washington’s Most Equitable Workplaces, a new ranking celebrating the most inclusive places to work in Washington State. Created by Gender Equity Now (GEN) and the Puget Sound Business Journal, the rankings are designed to index Puget Sound businesses engaged in purposeful action, and reward companies committed to fostering equity and inclusion.

Companies were ranked on five metrics: bias neutrality, employee resonance, accessibility, experience perception and visible advocacy. Porter Novelli scored high in all metrics and was celebrated for engaging employees of all backgrounds, providing opportunities and increasing job satisfaction through policies and programs diminishing the impact of unconscious bias.

GEN's Executive Director, Sara Sanford, stated, “In addition to having an award-winning leader, Soon Mee Kim, at the helm of their D&I Task Force, Porter Novelli has intentionally put the right processes in place to counter the impact of unconscious bias. They also go beyond just offering flexible hours of work to encouraging workers to actually use this benefit, with no stigma attached. From telecommuting options to caretaker’s leave, they understand the barriers that underrepresented populations disproportionately face and have optimized their workplace to include employees of all backgrounds.”

“We’re honored to be included in this incredible list — and community — of companies committed to equity and inclusion,” said Erin Osher, managing director of Porter Novelli Seattle. "As a woman-led office in a purpose-driven agency, we work hard to live our values by ensuring equal pay, embracing flexible schedules, providing parental leave for all genders and paid family care days, funding adoption bonuses and serving our community. This year we partnered with Neighborhood House and GSBA; and are launching a collaboration with Intentionalist to use our spending power to support local LGBTQ and minority-owned businesses. In these tumultuous cultural times, we’re passionate about building a positive and light-hearted environment where everyone is empowered to bring their whole selves to work.”

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are moral and business imperatives for Porter Novelli. Our job is to bring the very best thinking to our clients and campaigns by ensuring that all people are welcome here,” said Soon Mee Kim, global diversity and inclusion lead of Porter Novelli. “The Seattle leadership team has created an inclusive culture fully committed to equity in recruitment, retention, compensation and culture to the benefit of all. On behalf of the organization, I’m so proud to see Porter Novelli recognized in Washington for these efforts.”

About Porter Novelli

Porter Novelli is a global public relations agency born from the idea that the art of communication can advance society. More than 45 years ago, we opened our doors – and people's eyes and minds – for brands driven to make a positive impact. Today, we believe that organizations must find, live and tell their Purpose in order to thrive. Those companies will motivate action, secure loyalty and encourage advocacy — all in service to a healthier bottom line. For additional information, please visit Porter Novelli is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group

Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,300 public relations professionals in more than 370 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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