Gilbert F. Casellas, Dell Corp.

Uploaded by CouncilOnFoundations on 02.12.2009

We operate and have folks who work for us who are in 65 countries,
so for us diversity is a fact of life.
Anywhere you go, in any Dell facility,
you will find people different from those in other facilities,
and even different from one another.
Whether it's on the basis of gender, religion, race, ethnicity...
so for us it is a fact of life having a diverse workforce.
The challenge is to assure that
that diverse workforce and that workplace is inclusive.
That is to work assuring that
regardless of your status outside our facility,
when you cross the threshold into a Dell facility,
you can feel comfortable to bring your entire self with you.
And if you do that,
if we've created a culture where you can bring your whole self to work,
and we will then leverage that creativity,
all those perspectives, and that will drive innovation,
that will drive creativity and we will win, in the marketplace.

I don't see diversity and inclusion as soft.
I see it as critical to long-term success.
What investments do you make and hold onto during tough times...
you may reduce the number of people in your operation,
but you don't get rid of everybody.
You may reduce the spend on technology,
but you don't eliminate technology.
The fact of the matter is,
that there is really no debate about diversity and inclusion;
there is just no choice.
That, as a company, you can't operate in this world
with a workforce that is not reflective of the talent pool
that is out there and that's not reflective of the marketplace.
If, for no other reason,
than those consumers care about it now.
Consumers care about what you look like,
whether they see themselves reflected in your product mix,
how you design your products, their advertising...
So, the challenge is to assure
not just that you have representation that's diverse,
but that you create a culture where those differences
and those perspectives are allowed to be voiced.

If you get the diversity and inclusion equation right,
if you get the sustainability
as it relates to the environment as to people right,
you've got to also have the giving strategy that's aligned with that.
It all flows from your values as a company and a corporate citizen.
And so, it's important that your giving be reflective
of the communities in which you operate,
which tend to be very different and diverse,
your employees - because you want to tap into that passion
and what they think are important
because they're going to help drive this.
And money is only part of it.
It's how do you get involved in communities
to have an impact and make a change?
So, if we just gave away computers,
that in and of itself wouldn't bring about the kind of meaningful change
and impact that we can have if we had as we do in many places,
our employees engaged in communities
working with schools and community organizations around technology
and what technology means and how you can leverage technology
and our products... both services and software and equipment
help to leverage that and drive that.
But it's the people that are going to bring that kind of esoteric part of it,
the qualitative part of it
that's going to have the impact - long term.