Our diversity, equity and inclusion commitment
50 years ago, Quad was founded on a set of Values that continue to guide our decisions and actions. At Quad our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is based on these same Values. We deeply believe in people, in the importance of doing the right thing, and in the transformative power of trust. These lasting Values are at the core of our mission to create a better way and provide the foundation for diversity, equity and inclusion at Quad.
It’s the right thing to do and we are doing the right thing.
Our Values are clear. Respect for one another is critical to our wellbeing, our work, and our success. We do not tolerate racism, discrimination or prejudice of any kind. We keep this message front and center in our employee communications and employee education efforts, including mandatory annual anti-harassment sessions. We are constantly looking for ways in which we can learn, grow and improve.
As a company, Quad is taking action to achieve our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals as defined below.
Achieve a workforce that reflects the communities where we live / work as well as the clients who trust us with their business.
Ensure that our procedures, processes and distribution of resources create equal opportunities and fair and just outcomes.
Create a safe and open environment where all Quad employees can bring their truest and best selves to work.
We view our DEI work as a continuous journey. The bonds between people grow and change with every passing day, providing us with never-ending opportunities to learn from each other, share and improve. We believe that DEI adds immeasurable meaning to every day and embeds deep, world-changing value into everything we create for our clients, and how we interact with employees and communities.
Through partnerships with experts in diversity, equity and inclusion, we are enhancing our approach to DEI including creating learning and development programs for employees that support a comprehensive and sustainable DEI strategy at Quad.
Quad’s strategy includes building and reinforcing a common language around DEI through education, establishing leadership accountability for DEI programs that link to business outcomes, and driving a DEI strategy throughout the entire enterprise.
We believe in people
Over the decades Quad has grown from a handful of employees in a single location into a worldwide family of approximately 16,000, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned in all that time it’s this: together we can do anything. This is our truth and the foundation of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Together we can do more than individuals apart.
We believe everyone at Quad has the right to feel confident, appreciated, safe, valued and able to bring their best selves to work each and every day. Each of us needs to know that we are understood. To achieve this, we listen, we learn, and we take action – together.
I Am. We Are. is our internal platform to celebrate the diverse voices within our company while also affirming that we are stronger when our voices come together. I am. celebrates our unique differences and when we bring those stories of difference together, we celebrate the collective We are. This platform is being leveraged to inform and engage all employees, to create a more inclusive environment.
Our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are another key way we create a more inclusive environment at Quad. Created by employees for employees, BRGs connect people with shared backgrounds, interests and issues, and encourage the growth and development of each member. Our BRGs also work to make sure everyone at Quad has an opportunity to be heard, and we rely on them to inform company policies.
We currently have four BRGs at Quad:
The Circle is a community that supports the advancement of women at Quad while helping each other create a better way along their personal and professional journeys.
The Frontline provides support and mentoring to military veterans at Quad, while facilitating a welcoming and inclusive experience for new and existing veteran employees and their families.
PRIDE is a globally visible LGBTQIA+ employee resource group. The group’s goal is to facilitate community and create a safe, inclusive environment for the entire Quad family. PRIDE encourages unity by promoting education, understanding and acceptance of people from all walks of life.
U.N.I.T.E. propels Black Excellence and aims to create space for professional development, community outreach, and career advancement while encouraging authenticity of Black employees within Quad and our communities.
Our leadership initiatives bring DEI to the forefront of our daily business practices. We’ve trained more than 1,200 people leaders – from front-line supervisors to senior executives – to see and understand how behaviors in the workplace support our commitment to inclusion. Many have now become facilitators of our People Leading People program, working to help us all become self-aware and to understand and appreciate the value of each person’s background, life experiences, interest, religion, culture, language and more.
We believe in our communities
At Quad, we recognize our communities are a direct connection to our future, and we have a responsibility to support those who live and work around us. We continuously seek to build relationships and involvement through volunteerism, outreach, philanthropy and charitable giving.
Our social responsibility is to support the communities where we live and work through our time, talent and investment of financial resources.
We believe it is our social responsibility to help, where possible, and are proud of the meaningful difference we have made through support of local career development programs and other local organizations, as well as a focus on developing diverse talent in our industry. Some of the recent work we have done include:
Running Rebels: We have partnered with Running Rebels in Milwaukee to provide career-oriented manufacturing jobs, training and transportation to individuals looking to better their employment situation. We are proud financial sponsors of Running Rebels’ Annual Epic Gala.
Black Men Teach: Through our Minneapolis agency, Periscope, we are working with a local Minnesota organization, Black Men Teach, to provide pro bono strategic, creative and public relations support.
Brandcenter at VCU: To support the important work underway for the advancement of diverse talent in the creative industry, we financially support scholarship programs at the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a two-year full-time master’s program dedicated to developing the next generation of creative talent.
The BrandLab: Through Quad and the Quadracci family’s Windhover Foundation, we are making a commitment to bring The BrandLab to Milwaukee. Our three-year partnership will generate jobs, introduce local students to new career opportunities in advertising and marketing. The organization’s mission is focused on changing the face and voice of the marketing industry by creating opportunities for young people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our commitment to supplier diversity
Our Values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion reach beyond the walls of Quad. They are fundamental to how we do business, and we require all suppliers to adhere to these same principles through our Supplier Code of Conduct and Supplier Diversity Statement.