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Diversity & Inclusion

United believes that the rich diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that make up its workforce of more than 87,000 employees allows the airline to deliver great service and products to its customers around the globe.

 

Our philosophy

United is committed to creating a workplace where all employees feel included and empowered to make a measurable difference in its success. United offers policies, programs, benefits and recognition designed to reward and support the success of its diverse workforce. The airline is committed to reflecting each of the communities it serves. United is also committed to ensuring that it has diversity among its suppliers.

Awards and recognitions

  • 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and named a “Best Place to Work” for six consecutive years
  • 100% score on the Disability Equality Index, by the US Business Leadership Network
  • “40 under 40” honoree – Michelle Brown, Managing Director Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Recognized as a Commemorative Partner by the Department of Defense Vietnam War Memorial

Diversity & Inclusion engagement events

United offers programs and events with specific cultural influences to honor the history and traditions of the airline’s diverse employees. They include:

  • Martin Luther King Parades – Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco (January)
  • African American History Month (February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June)
  • LGBT Pride Festivals – Chicago, D.C., Denver, Houston, New York City and San Francisco (June)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
  • Diversity Awareness Month (October)
  • Native American Heritage Month (November)

Executive Diversity Council

United’s Executive Diversity Council is comprised of officers and senior leaders from across the company who are committed to acting as champions of diversity and inclusion for the airline’s employees. The Council supports efforts to recruit a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive work environment at United.

Business resource groups

To help advance United’s goals for diversity and inclusion, the airline also supports several employee-run business resource groups. Each group — LGBT, Multi-cultural, Veterans, Women and Millenials — helps increase awareness and understanding of cultural issues and opportunities for employees, while nurturing United’s diverse talent, enriching the airline’s organizational culture and contributing to company performance.

Supplier diversity

When you have operations and employees across the globe, the notion of supplier diversity reflects an entirely new meaning. We recognize the profound impact a positively managed supplier diversity initiative can have on the customers and communities the we serve, and continually seeks out opportunities to build partnerships with diverse suppliers. United has a longstanding legacy of supplier diversity leadership and visibility in the community. The airline is a proud member of:

  • Chicago United
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • The National Minority Supplier Development Council and their affiliate councils
  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and their regional partners

Community and business partnerships

United's partnerships with organizations provide opportunities for strategic collaborations, educational programming and joint marketing. In 2016 we supported a great number of different organizations. Some of our partnerships include:

  • Ascend
  • Asian Art Museum – San Francisco
  • Avance
  • Bering Omega Community Services – Houston
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights
  • AIDS – New York City
  • California African American Museum
  • Chicago Urban League
  • DuSable Museum of African
  • American History – Chicago
  • Ebony Magazine
  • Ensemble Theater
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Frameline Film Festival – San Francisco
  • Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
  • Girls in the Game – Chicago
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
  • International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association
  • JobTrain
  • Latin America Education Foundation
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • NAACP – Houston
  • National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

 

  • National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)
  • Official Airline of Equality Illinois
  • Open Doors Organization
  • Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ride 2 Recovery
  • San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Teen Living Programs – Chicago
  • Texas Southern University Aviation Program
  • The Black Women's Expo
  • The Rose
  • Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • United Services Org. (USO)
  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
  • Upwardly Global
  • USO
  • Veterans Advantage
  • Women in Aviation
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • YWCA – Chicago