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Valuing inclusion and diversity

We believe that having a diverse employee base that reflects our customers and communities not only sustains our business, but is critical for our success. Iron Mountain benefits from an exceptional global talent pool, and we have more than 20,000 employees worldwide, each with different abilities, perspectives, backgrounds and smiles. 

But it’s not enough for us to be diverse. We are working hard to become a more inclusive organization where all Mountaineers feel valued, respected and supported to reach their full potential.

One of our end goals is to build and sustain an inclusive culture where all Iron Mountain employees are able to bring their whole selves to work – their authentic selves – and not feel they have to hide any personal dimension.

When this happens, we are more collaborative and productive. We’re better at innovation, solving problems and making decisions. And inclusion is just the right way to treat people – an extension of our core values.

Our inclusion & diversity strategy includes four critical focus areas:

  • Build a more inclusive culture
  • Increase workforce diversity at all levels
  • Establish a global mindset
  • Embed accountability

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    inclusion & diversity mean at iron mountain

    key highlights

    Recognized in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Training Magazine as a Top 125 company committed to developing our people.

    Launched 3 new Employee Resource Groups in 2015-2016: Black Colleagues@IM, LGBTA@IM and Millennials@IM.

    In 2015 , 82% of employees surveyed in 4 countries said their immediate manager creates an environment of respect for people’s differences.

    Hired 69 US veterans in 2015 and recognized as a “Military Friendly Employer” four years running.

    our initiatives

    We don’t only hire veterans because we believe it is the right thing to do. While we recognize veterans for their service and sacrifices—for safeguarding our freedoms and values—we know that members of our armed forces bring valuable skills to our workplace. That’s why we actively seek to employ and develop veterans, active duty guard members, and reservists, who are sources of strength, courage and integrity.

    We work hard to ensure that our veterans find a home at Iron Mountain where they are considered prized employees. Do you know any veterans seeking post-military employment? Or service members about to leave the military service? Encourage them to explore Iron Mountain’s Careers Page.

    One of the 11 founding members of the Veterans Jobs Mission

     Iron Mountain is proud to be one of the 11 founding members of the newly named Veterans Jobs Mission, a coalition of companies aiming to hire a total of one million U.S. military veterans. The coalition has collectively hired nearly 300,000 veterans.
    Through the Veterans Jobs Mission and our broader recruiting and engagement strategies, Iron Mountain benefits from the tremendous talent, skill and discipline that veterans bring to our team.
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    In 2015, 26.5% of our US workforce was female, including 25% of our people managers and 22% of our leaders (Directors and above). We recognize that we have opportunities to include more women at all levels of our organization.
    So what are we doing?
    • In 2015, we partnered with Interaction Associates to pilot a Women in Leadership program focused on the specific needs and capabilities of women, providing the knowledge and support they need to succeed and contribute added value in their roles as Iron Mountain leaders.
    • Our Women@IM Employee Resource Group has over 600 global members—men and women with a shared goal of promoting opportunities for women and advancing awareness about women’s impact at Iron Mountain
    • In 2015, Women@IM piloted a mentorship program pairing 25 high-potential women leaders with senior executive mentors. They also offered multiple developmental opportunities throughout the year, including virtual workshops to help women discover and maximize their strengths and navigate through change.
    • Iron Mountain is a proud partner of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

    Through our Employee Resource Groups, we seek to create a welcoming environment where all employees feel connected, valued and inspired to contribute to Iron Mountain’s success. Our groups’ goals are designed to:

    • Encourage dialogue about the impact of diversity on our business and our employees
    • Build inclusive recruiting and on-boarding experiences
    • Create networks, role modeling and mentoring relationships
    • Offer professional development opportunities
    • Research and recommend programs and policies to support diversity
    • Pursue activities in the workplace and community that promote Iron Mountain as a great place to work
    Women@IM encourages dialogue about the impact of diversity on our business and offers professional development opportunities through networks, role modeling and mentoring relationships. We are committed to inspiring women to reach their full potential by supporting and encouraging women throughout the organization.
    Veterans@IM provides a forum for military veterans, retirees, reservists, National Guard and their supporters. Veterans@IM provides employees with networking opportunities and they focus attention on the contributions that military veterans make to the community and the workplace. Veterans@IM strives to help new employees identify with Iron Mountain’s value and culture.
    Black Colleagues@IM provides support and encouragement to Iron Mountain’s diverse employee base, and fosters an inclusive work environment by facilitating dialogue about diversity issues. As well as assisting with recruiting and onboarding diverse talent, Black Colleagues@IM provides networking and mentorship opportunities to support employee development. This group creates opportunities for community involvement and encourages personal growth, teamwork and a sense of community.
    LGBTA@IM is committed to empowering and supporting, a welcoming, respectful and inclusive culture where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Mountaineers and their allies can feel valued, connected and safe to be their true selves. We believe that our differences should be celebrated and that an inclusive culture inspires creativity, innovation and will encourage each of us to reach our full potential and do amazing work together.
    Millennials@IM encourages dialogue across generations to educate the business about hiring, engaging and retaining millennials. We are committed to motivate millennials to network, grow their skillsets and careers by offering professional development opportunities.

    our people stories

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    Rewarding Our Commitment to Veterans

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