Hispanic Heritage Month concludes Oct. 15 and it's not too late for organizations large and small to celebrate the largest minority group in the U.S. It can be as simple as recognizing your Hispanic employees for their contributions or more far-reaching efforts such as becoming a corporate partner with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or working with Minority Business Enterprises suppliers and vendors, suggests the Hispanic Market Advisors.
SHRM Online has collected the following examples of how companies are observing the month.
Hispanic Heritage Month 2020
During National Hispanic Heritage Month—Sept. 15 to Oct. 15—the U.S. government celebrates the contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans to our culture and society. National Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots going back to 1968, celebrates the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The department commemorates this month by highlighting the biographies of the following outstanding Hispanic employees who support diplomatic efforts around the world.
(U.S. Department of State)
Three Ways for HR to Commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month This Year
This month and every year during this time, HR leaders can help their organizations commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and create equitable career paths for employees of color. One way for companies to promote learning and community involvement is to host a virtual meeting with a representative from their local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Read on for other ideas.
7 Companies Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Hiring Now
Student mentoring with signature events such as High Technology Day, a partnership with the Silicon Valley-based organization Latinas in Tech and a company-wide Speaker Series "Hispanic Like Me: 3 Voices Share 3 Unique Perspectives" are among the ways organizations such as Uber and AT&T are marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
Diversity Best Practices Members Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Some organizations are tapping into the employee resource groups (ERGs) to lead activities. AbbVie's AHORA ERG, for example, co-hosted a professional development workshop with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. Aramark's Impacto ERG singled out 30 Hispanic employees—from an HR specialist to an executive chef to an IT manager—who went "above and beyond in response to the pandemic." Co-workers nominated the 30 employees who have been celebrated each of the 30 days of Hispanic Heritage Month and will be recognized during a virtual ceremony Oct. 15. And Howmet Aerospace's Hispanic ERG has been highlighting the culture and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino employees.
(Diversity Best Practices)