Diversity in Argos is inevitable, with our members, suppliers, and clients coming from every corner of the globe, with an abundance of languages spoken. It is important to all at Argos, including shareholders and senior management, that there is an open and non-discriminatory environment, where members can grow both on a personal and professional level.
Argos Multilingual has social, cultural, and environmental responsibilities to the communities wherever we operate. We believe in providing equal opportunities for our members by not discriminating on the basis of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any other aspect that makes them unique. We recognize that differences in physical ability, thinking style and background enhance and educate our work environment and are constantly looking for ways to empower this.
Argos views its global responsibility as the voluntary and willful deployment of our resources to build sustainability. Being globally responsible means appreciating that there is a world beyond us. A world we are a part of, and one that we can – and should – play an active role in improving.
Inclusion enriches the work-life of every Argos member, partner, or client. It empowers every person and every organization to achieve more. Inclusion is a call to action within the workforce. We must actively incorporate every members ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles. For Argos, innovation is not an option; it is a business imperative. We also work with our clients to adapt their translated content to be fully inclusive.
Additionally, several Argos senior executives are heavily involved ‘Women in Localization’, supporting women to become senior executives in our industry.
Argos operates on a global scale, so naturally our teams are diverse. with each day consisting of interactions with several cultures, experiences, locations, and an abundance of languages! Diverse interaction and sharing different perspectives produce creativity and energy. By practicing active inclusion, you can harvest this energy for good. Only by gathering individuals from a wide range of demographic and philosophical differences can you create a diverse reality. This reality is worth protecting. We must value individuals and groups free from prejudice. Through an environment of equality and mutual respect, we will create a success-oriented, cooperative, and caring community. This type of community will generate intellectual strength and produce innovative solutions.
- We proudly sponsor and actively support the Women in Localization Organization and Community.
- We work with our clients to adapt their translated content to be fully inclusive.
- We create educational webinars and publish articles on diversity and inclusion.
- We have a dedicated channel on Slack for Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, which communicates any events, webinars or other initiatives in this space.
Argos promotes diversity, equality, and inclusion through participating in multiple initiatives, encouraging its members to participate in and support affinity groups, and implementing internal policies and practices aimed at ensuring that each individual has an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of their background and identity.
We aim to keep up with the following guidelines:
- Hiring, engaging and retaining the best and brightest talent for growth.
- Delivering excellence in our operations to serve and expand our global markets.
- Ensuring the diversity of our team reflects the diversity of our global customer base.
- Driving industry innovation to build competitive advantages.
We believe that by investing in an inclusive culture, we will attract the best talent, leading to more innovative solutions for our valued customers. Building and sustaining an inclusive and diverse culture is essential for business success. This is who we are:
- We believe in an inclusive work environment where members are welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.
- We believe that members will be provided a safe work environment.
- We believe that diversity brings strength.
- We believe in equality of opportunity free from discrimination.
- We believe in hiring and promoting the most qualified candidate.
- We believe in professional development at all levels in the organization.
- We believe in the power of belonging as an integral component in achieving diversity & inclusion and business success.
Argos performs better when it considers the perspectives of individuals with different backgrounds and fosters an overall culture that is equitable and inclusive, which includes providing reasonable accommodations as needed. We recruit diverse candidates by seeking out diverse applicant slates from a variety of sources. We retain diverse candidates by fostering a culture of equality and inclusiveness. We work closely with our clients to create diverse teams for client matters. To that end, when a position becomes available, we utilize the following practices for recruiting diverse candidates, in addition to commonly used channels:
- Notifying both internal and external recruiters that we are seeking a diverse applicant pool and advertising the positions on applications that promote diversity and inclusivity.
- Striving to have at least 50% of the applicant pool come from diverse backgrounds.
- Including diverse interviewers on our interview panels.
- Providing interviewers with training to help mitigate implicit bias and ensure that they are sensitive and aware of our goals regarding diversity, equality, and inclusion.
- Refraining from considering salary history when screening candidates for a position and determining starting salary offers.
We will create and maintain environments, platforms, and forums where our people feel comfortable reaching out to their colleagues to gain greater awareness of each other’s experiences and perspectives. By encouraging an ongoing dialogue and not tolerating any incongruence with these values of openness, we are building trust, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and reinforcing our commitment to a culture of inclusivity.
Argos has established many programs and initiatives around diversity and inclusion. We will continue to create and share strategic inclusion and diversity plans with our board of directors. We will work with our board of directors through the development and evaluation of concrete, strategic action plans to prioritize and drive accountability around diversity and inclusion.
From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, diversity, equality and inclusion is a way of life at Argos. Every day, our team members work to make Argos a place where people of all generations, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, gender identity, disabilities, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and valued.
Health & Safety
Argos strives to create a safe and healthy workplace for all members. As such, the company is committed to continuously improving workplace facilities and procedures in place to ensure and maintain high standards of physical and psychological health. Argos conducts regular health and safety inspections in order to identify and assess the potential risks to the health and safety of members and is committed to eliminating as many of the risks identified going forward.
Child Labor, Forced Labor, & Human Trafficking
The following statement outlines the steps and stance Argos Multilingual has taken in support of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015:
Argos is committed to protecting and respecting human rights. We prohibit and have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of forced, compulsory, or child labor or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business. We expect all Argos team members to avoid any practice that constitutes modern slavery in connection with their work for Argos and we do not enter into business with any organization, which knowingly supports, or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude or forced or compulsory labor. As an equal opportunity employer, Argos is dedicated to fostering a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our members. Moreover, our Supplier Code of Conduct highlights our commitment to ensuring human rights criteria are respected, with specific avoidance of any form of child and forced labor. These commitments are also echoed in Argos’ Sustainable Procurement Policy that emphasizes the provision of services free of any unethical practices throughout the supply chain.
Career Management & Training
Argos encourages all members to develop professionally and personally through the trainings it conducts. Ensuring members at any level have the tools and knowledge necessary to smoothly integrate into the company and be successful in their roles, fosters a work environment where members are able to grow in their function and within the company.
Working Conditions & Social Dialogue
Argos regards providing its members with a safe and fair working environment with the highest importance. Working condition issues beyond fair wages and social protection benefits such as flexible work arrangements and worker representative groups are all matters that the company is focused on and dedicated to continuous improvement. Accordingly, as a prominent player in the language industry, good communication and information exchange are essential for Argos. All members have the right of collective bargaining and action, are encouraged to actively communicate with their managers, superiors, and other colleagues, and are supported with a culture of civil, open dialogue throughout the company