Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI)
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been a key focus at Horizontal from the beginning. As the largest certified minority-owned staffing company in the Twin Cities, we take great pride in being a welcoming home for our employees, clients, candidates and vendors. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels respected and empowered when they come to work, and as a staffing firm, we are devoted to helping companies hire talented employees from all backgrounds.
Our internal DEI efforts
In the spring of 2023, our female Indian coworkers opened up about their experience as working women in Indian culture.
Black history education
For Black History Month 2023, UnitedHealth Group's VP of Global DEI Antonio Henry discussed the significance of Black History Month.
In January 2023, we launched our first-ever DEI committee to encourage education, conversation and reflection about social issues.
We hosted various events in honor of Pride Month, including a companywide discussion with Travis Winship from the Pink Cloud Foundation.
A few of our DEI accolades
2023 Diversity-Owned Staffing Firms in the US
Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)
2023 Best of Staffing
2023 Best Staffing Firms for Women
Recent Horizontal Cares events
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
In alignment with SDG #4, our Malaysia team donated time, crafts and toys to students at Trinity Children's Home.
In alignment with SDG #11, our Chicago team organized clothes for those in need in partnership with Connections for the Homeless.
In alignment with SDG #2, the Minneapolis team packed more than 200 boxes of apples at Second Harvest Heartland.
In alignment with SDG #4, the Bengaluru team distributed school uniforms and shoes to students at Sree Siddaganga Rural High School.
At Horizontal, our ultimate sustainability goal is to have a net positive environmental impact. In alignment with UN Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) #13 (climate action), SDG #7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG #12 (responsible consumption and production), we are starting to conduct regular audits of our internal sustainability practices and identifying areas where we can increase efficiency while also reducing waste. This includes evaluating our scope one, two and three emissions, specifically our energy efficiency, waste management and natural resource conservation. These internal efforts coincide with a ‘staffing for sustainability’ business model where we are currently evaluating ways in which we can support the green economy through our staffing services. While we continue to learn as a company, we strive to educate all our employees throughout our journey. This April, we hosted an Earth Day event where we learned about the connection between business and sustainability with the University of Edinburgh's Dr. Sarah Birrell Ivory.