Piedmont began assessing our organizational values in 2022 to ensure that our standards of behavior fully align with a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. When we complete our evaluation, the values will be woven into all onboarding and training materials as well as our business processes, practices, and policies.
In 2022, Piedmont formed Women Rock, a network to encourage professional development among women. Women Rock meets quarterly and focuses on helping women within the organization connect, offers one-on-one mentorship, and provides guidance opportunities to cultivate women in their careers at Piedmont.
At Piedmont, we believe in supporting families by providing an environment that enables employees to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed child. Our parental leave policy is intended for births, adoptions, placements of foster children, or surrogacy, and provides 12 weeks of paid time off to eligible birth mothers and 4 weeks of paid leave to non-birth parents, adoptive parents, and surrogate parents.
Contributing to Industry Standards
The American Society of Safety Professionals, the world’s oldest professional safety organization, formed a board-level task force in 2020 to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the society and throughout the occupational health and safety profession.
After considering more than 80 applications from association members, Monique Parker, our Vice President of Safety, Environment, and Health, was selected as a task force member. Over the last 18 months, she has worked in a number of ways to help remove barriers to engagement and improve an understanding of important issues, speaking on the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion on safety leadership and program development.
In 2022, Parker was honored with the President’s Award for her contributions, dedication, and leadership in advancing the efforts of the American Society of Safety Professionals and the profession.