The communication industry has for a long time been failing to include people with other ethnical backgrounds than the overrepresented and dominant white. Both in terms of employees internally and those who are visible in communication externally. The result has been, and still is, a skewed reflection of the world’s true representation, and a steppingstone to the structural racism we see in the world today. Although we won’t be able to make racism go away, we do what we can in order to support a change in the field of communication.
Our goal is for our industry to reflect the diversity in society. This is what we do:
Essen internship program
To increase the representation of people with underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, we have initiated an internship-program where we exclusively prioritize URM- groups.
Encouraging minority youth
By collaborating with several organizations, we get to work with youth in socio-economically challenged areas. Introducing and inspiring to pursue our line of work. And put branding on the map.
The Essen diversity scholarship
To help underrepresented groups launch a career within design, we have created an entrance scholarship to the foremost design schools in Stockholm and New York. The scholarship is applicable by letter only.
Everybody should have equal opportunity to influence and shape Essen. If nothing else because it makes business sense. However, we believe the reasons are so many more. In the past the best have not always been recognized as such, purely on discriminatory grounds.
At Essen such discrimination due to gender, cultural or ethnic background, religious affiliation, age, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and functionalities is not accepted. We can proudly say that we have reached 100% gender equality. However, we believe that equality in all forms is a necessary basis for gaining the expertise and experience required to create tomorrow's brands.
Caring for the environment simply is a must for any progressive company. We are committed to doing our part, however small. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. This is our contribution: