Encyclopædia Britannica Group (Encyclopædia Britannica, Merriam-Webster, and Melingo) is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are essential to unlocking our individual and collective potential and furthering our mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning.
A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives not only is the ethical and necessary choice but also positions us to be more innovative and successful. Indeed, the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and unique capabilities that our employees and contributors invest in their work represents a significant part of our reputation as being the most trusted source of information since 1768. Our path to deepening our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion also represents the fuel for our future growth.
In the 21st century, the Britannica Group’s content reaches the largest and most diverse audience in its history through websites, online applications, and print publications. We are taking steps to create, revise, and update content that reflects the world as it exists today. These steps include reviewing and updating our current editorial content, processes, and guidelines. We take seriously our responsibility to create and curate accurate content that reflects the diversity of experiences and perspectives represented in our community of learners and thinkers.
Fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace is also central to our mission and success. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences. These differences may include race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, ideas, perspectives, values, experiences, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. We are also evaluating our recruitment and selection processes to ensure we are reaching the widest possible group of candidates and are continuing the development of a work environment that encourages respectful communication and cooperation, teamwork, and the responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.
The Britannica Group’s diversity initiatives are ongoing. We recognize that this is a process and that we all have room for growth. By sharing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we intend to hold ourselves accountable to the work necessary to make the Britannica Group a welcoming space for our entire community of lifelong learners.