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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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APCO serves its clients and our communities best when our people are at their best. That’s why we are committed to a culture where each employee can work authentically as their full, brilliant, caring selves and collaboratively help clients be catalysts for progress and solve the world’s greatest challenges with bold solutions.

APCO fosters a workplace where everyone can:

  • authentically be their whole selves
  • thrive as employees
  • be recognized and celebrated for their talents and perspectives
  • collaborate and appreciate others’ differences
  • tackle the world’s most complex problems by confidently offering bold solutions
  • continue learning, growing and flourishing
  • build a lasting career

We do this by:

  • Creating policies and systems that are accessible and equitable in offering opportunities to help employees grow, especially those from marginalized identities.
  • Ensuring our leaders fully take responsibility in creating an inclusive, equitable environment.
  • Expecting our employees to participate in and be an ambassador of APCO’s DEI efforts internally and externally.
  • Communicating closely with regional and practice leaders to partner with clients and organizations who are catalysts for progress.
  • Incorporating our DEI perspective into how we operate.


Why This Matters to APCO

As the world’s largest women-owned and independent advisory and advocacy communications consultancy, it’s our responsibility to not only celebrate the work we’ve done so far, but to continue to push ourselves to do more and to do better. We have a role to play in supporting and empowering our employees to help clients address these issues in their own organizations and communities.

We can’t change the world through the impactful work our clients do if we aren’t continuously changing ourselves.

We are building on our 35+ year legacy to ensure that all 850 employees (and counting) are empowered with the most equitable systems fully integrated into a truly inclusive workplace culture.

In addition to APCO’s talent and leadership teams, there are several groups dedicated to driving DEI efforts, including:

APCO’s North America DEI Council – Formed in 2018, the role of APCO’s North America DEI Council is to create an equitable environment and the best workplace for APCO’s people.

The Council is sponsored by the CEO, Chief Talent Officer and North America Region President. The Council’s work represents a diverse set of voices from across APCO’s North American offices to advise the company on matters of DEI strategy and programming, as well as inform the Global Leadership Team’s priorities, which are tied to APCO’s culture and talent acquisition and retention process. North America Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are:

The Parents Group provides a community and resources for soon-to-be and current parents at APCO Worldwide that advocates for parents’ success in the workplace; helps colleagues understand their unique value; and benefits all types of parents, including but not limited to: biological parents, adoptive parents, step-parents, single parents, same-sex parents, expecting parents and those thinking about starting a family.

The LGBTQ+ ERG brings together LGBTQ+ people and their allies to discuss and debate issues at work and in society, while educating colleagues on the issues associated with being LGBTQ+ in America today. Its goal is to increase the diverse narratives of this population segment in an honest, non-stereotypical and transparent manner.

The WLG provides resources, support and mentorship for women (of any identification) at APCO. The group supports the retention, recruitment and professional growth of women at APCO with resources needed to continually grow their careers and reach their maximum potential, as well as provides an opportunity to continue advancing a culture where all employees empower one another equally and enable women to lean into their careers with confidence.

LatinAPCO aims to unite the Hispanic/Latino(a) community at APCO through a collaborative network that promotes advancement, cultural awareness, talent recruitment, retention and professional development opportunities such as networking and thought leadership.

The API ERG aims to create a collaborative network of support, understanding and validation for individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and those eager to learn more about API issues. Along with a space to share stories and cultural experiences, this group works together support the advancement, talent recruitment, retention and professional development of our API community at APCO.

The Europe D&I Council was formed in 2020 as a cross-office initiative. Employee-led and supported by APCO’s European leadership team and the European HR team, its mission is to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space where everyone can belong. The Council focuses its actions on four key areas:

  • Recruitment, Retention & Talent Development – Attracting and recruiting a workforce that is representative of the communities we work in, with and for;
  • Education & Advocacy – Raising awareness and educating the workforce about topical issues, encouraging self-reflection;
  • Client & Project Work – Building teams based on individuals’ potential, skill and experience and the needs of the projects over any potential biases or stereotypes;
  • Community Outreach – Partnering with local youth and community organizations to share our expertise and experience and broaden horizons.

Within each of these areas, a group of dedicated individuals collaborate to create awareness and drive change within APCO in Europe. We pledge to not only adopt new policies and processes, but also encourage the whole team to learn and understand how we can all make our workplace more diverse and inclusive.