Connecting more people to work
“I believe everyone deserves the right to meaningful work. All of us together, have an opportunity to ignite a movement that will knock down unjust barriers to work. In partnership, we can provide more people with equitable access to work. I’m rallying the Kelly team around this goal and ask you to join us.”
–Peter Quigley, Kelly President and CEO
For nearly 75 years, we’ve connected millions of people to meaningful work. Proudly standing up for what’s right—employment for all—has been a part of our business since day one. Our founder fought to increase access to work for women, and we’re an outspoken advocate for the value temporary and independent workers bring to the workplace.
Several barriers exist across society that make it hard (or even impossible) for people to attain enriching work, reach their full potential, and, ultimately, thrive. Rarely challenged, these obstacles—such as biases toward four-year degree requirements, not considering candidates with a criminal history, and many others—leave capable people excluded.
At Kelly, we won’t rest until more barriers to workforce entry and advancement are undone. The result? A more inclusive workforce where brighter futures are widespread. This commitment requires long-term grit, new thinking, strong partnerships, and bold action.
Our commitments and partnerships
Why is a bachelor’s degree a primary requirement for most jobs? Are alternative credentials equally valued (such as on-the-job experience, assessments, and certifications)?
- We’re refocusing our internal recruitment efforts around experience and skills, instead of degree credentials, for our Kelly team members.
- We’ve engaged with the Detroit Regional Talent Compact—working with community, business, and academic leaders to improve our region’s access to post high-school educational credentials, and to reduce equity gaps.
- We’re working in the education field on Pathway to Teaching. It’s a program that provides diverse candidates a pathway to participate in on-the-job credentialing, and the opportunity to secure a career in the classroom.
- Kelly has also benefited from the expertise of Lumina Foundation and their focus on opening equitable pathways to work through education.
Why can’t those with non-violent/non-relevant criminal history be given a second chance to play a contributing role in the workplace?
- We realize blanket bans on criminal history don’t work, and we’re continuing our efforts around individualized criminal background assessments—opening more opportunities to those who deserve a second chance.
- We’ve removed criminal history detail from our internal employment application.
- We’re working on a partnership with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation to bring the topic of workplace inclusion and criminal history barriers to the forefront of HR.
Which minority and diverse groups are left unprotected by outdated legislation or regulations? What can we do to provide equal employment opportunities—even when the law doesn’t require us to?
- Our CEO, Peter Quigley, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, confirming our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- We’re using technology across our job posting language to facilitate equitable, inclusive terminology.
- We’ve formed a global Inclusion Council and Kelly affinity groups for Black, LatinX, LGBTQ, women, and millennial employees.
- Kelly has joined several local organizations to back the LGBTQ civil rights initiative in Michigan, aimed at amending the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Our commitment is clear
We’re dedicated to building a more inclusive workforce. One where equitable access to work and growth for those who seek it is a reality, not a distant target. And we understand that simply participating in the dialogue isn’t enough. So, let’s get to work—together.
Join the movement
We’re creating an alliance of like-minded companies, policy groups, and institutions that will change the way companies hire, advance, and help more people thrive. Whether you’re interested in sharing barriers that your team is working to overcome, or ready to explore partnership opportunities, the time for equity at work is now.
If you’re a job seeker, visit myKellyJobs to find your next opportunity.