Fellow ASGN Stakeholders,
Sustainability has become a central part of how we think about our company. Sustainability in corporate governance means:
- Tending the garden that is our business. By this, I mean staying present to the evolution of the workplace and the workforce; supporting our employees through individual development, integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, and corporate-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; being and acting as a principled organization in the business environment; and staying in touch with the market and our clients’ evolving sensibilities.
- Tending the garden that is our Earth. It has become obvious that we must all be mindful of our environmental impacts, improve our resource efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint. We are on track for achieving these vital goals through our environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.
- Tending the garden that is our human society. Part of DEI is cultural awareness, and part of cultural awareness is empathy and understanding for people with backgrounds different from our own. We seek to have a global viewpoint while also acting locally with intention.
As part of our expanding commitments to sustainable practices in all these areas, in May of this year ASGN joined the UN Global Compact as a Participant. This is a public declaration of our promise. The UN identifies five areas of action for a company to be sustainable:
Be a principled organization. Act responsibly and ethically. Provide an ethical platform for employees, an operating common ground for partners, and accountability measures for critics and observers. Integrity is the foundation and it has to come first.
Look beyond our walls and support the society around us. The investments and supply chains of our company and our clients’ companies involve dozens of countries and cultures. We are part of this fabric of society and it is vital that we support it.
Make these commitments from the top levels of leadership, starting with the board and the CEO. Real evolution is only possible with a deep and long-term commitment.
Produce meaningful reports. This means measuring results, being transparent about how we are doing, and reporting honestly about where we are strong and where we still need to improve.
Take action locally in every community of which we are a part. The principles I’ve outlined play differently in different contexts. We must apply them with both discipline and sensitivity.
I am proud of ASGN’s commitment to these principles.
Director of Sustainability
Chief Marketing Officer