Networks has a long-standing commitment to corporate
social responsibility, with DEI (diversity, equity
and inclusion) as a key priority for each employee
and division and across all content platforms. This
commitment has only intensified under Paul
Buccieri, President of A+E Networks Group.
Thanks to his steadfast support, in 2020,
as the journey to achieve racial justice took on
new urgency, the company, which includes major networks
A&E, Lifetime and The HISTORY Channel, forged
new initiatives to continue to put these goals at
the forefront of the company’s mission. From
empowering employees to become stakeholders in creating
and reflecting diversity in content to participating
in dialogue through Town Halls to forging new ERG’s
(employee resource groups), the company has established
new avenues for centering DEI and social justice.
August, A&E launched Voices Magnified, a cross-platform
campaign to spotlight the diverse voices of people
making change in society related to social justice.
Comprised of long-form specials on topics such as
prison reform as well as short-form video about
individuals bringing people together to confront
key social issues, the campaign has been driven
by ideas crowd-sourced by employees of the company.
The campaign has featured stories about how communities
are addressing a wide range of racial justice issues
from policing to food insecurity. The campaign is
located online at aetv.com/voicesmagnified and continues
with new pieces rolling out each month.
addition to creating content, A+E Networks also
uses its platforms to support the work of important
organizations in the DEI space. Many of these partnerships
have been referred by A+E Networks employees, such
as the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship launched
at Santa Monica College which supports scholarships for
African American students. Employees also played
key roles in suggesting readings and podcasts related
to social justice, located at https://www.aenetworks.com/resources that
were shared with the entire company.
DEI efforts are led by Karen Gray, EVP of Human
Resources, who joined the company in 2019. Under
Gray’s leadership, the company has aligned
around embedding the importance of DEI in every
aspect of the company and giving employees opportunities
to shape these efforts. Through regular town hall
conversations about topics ranging from gender equity
to racial justice, A+E Networks has provided forums
for employees to explore these issues and hear from
experts—and each other. Gray has also spearheaded
the launch of the company’s first-ever Diversity
Advisory Council to activate the company’s
DEI goals from talent recruitment to encouraging
diversity among the vendors the company engages.
In addition, the company has launched new employee-led
resource groups to provide forums for conversations
and spaces for employees to foster new avenues of
support and collaboration.
efforts are just some of the ways A+E Networks is
elevating DEI and social justice initiatives and
catalyzing action and conversation among employees.
In a time of rapidly evolving social change, the
company continues to use its platforms – internally
and externally- to advance diversity and equity
goals and be part of the roadmap for long-term transformation.