Environmental, social and governance

Horizontal Talent is dedicated to strengthening our people, our communities and our environment. We operate with the highest ethical values and adhere to the regulations of the communities we serve. To best support our community and our company, we have aligned our ESG initiatives with our core pillars and with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as highlighted in the sections below.

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

DEI committee
In January 2023, we launched our first-ever DEI committee to encourage education, conversation and reflection about social issues.
Better Together
Our DEI committee hosts monthly “Better Together” meetings, with themes such as Black history, pride, women’s equality and honoring veterans.
Employee resource groups
We have 4 ERGs (women, LGBTQ+, veterans and people of culture), and we continually connect with employees to determine additional ERGs to launch.
Employee education
Employees have access to training with The Diversity Movement, and our HR team and DEI committee host sessions on mental health, pronouns and more.

Our external DEI efforts

Job board utilization
To further support our clients’ commitment to hiring diverse talent, we post our jobs on specialized niche job boards to reach a more diverse audience.
Organization involvement
Current diverse partners include WLiT, WBENC, USPAAC, WomenHack, DFW MSDC and NMSDC, and we are always looking for new organizations to partner with.
Reducing bias & barriers
We evaluate and implement tools to remove unconscious bias within interviews and skill-based assessments as well as AI-powered conversational bots to remove barriers.
Supplier diversity
We helped clients’ supplier diversity programs capture $103 million in spend for 2023.

A few of our DEI accolades

Top 25 largest diversity-owned staffing firm in the U.S.
Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) 2023
Best of Staffing® – Employee
2022 | 2023 | 2024
Best of Staffing® – Women
2023 | 2024

Recent Horizontal Cares events

Horizontal Cares event with children
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
In alignment with SDG #4, our Malaysia team donated time, crafts and toys to students at Trinity Children's Home. 
Horizontal Cares event - the Chicago team
Chicago, U.S.A.
In alignment with SDG #11, our Chicago staffing team organized clothes for those in need in partnership with Connections for the Homeless. 
Horizontal Cares event
Minneapolis, U.S.A. 
In alignment with SDG #2, the Minneapolis staffing team packed more than 200 boxes of apples at Second Harvest Heartland. 
Horizontal Cares volunteer event with school children
Bengaluru, India
In alignment with SDG #4, the Bengaluru team distributed school uniforms and shoes to students at Sree Siddaganga Rural High School. 
A windmill representing Horizontal Talent's commitment toward sustainability

Environmental sustainability

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 currently:
Tracking our Scope 1, 2, & 3 emissions with Sustain.Life
Implementing the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Transitioning to sustainable-only swag
Utilizing Microsoft Azure’s IT system (fueled by 100% renewable energy by 2025)
Hosting annual Earth Day volunteer work
Recycling technology with OceanTech
Launching an environmental sustainability committee
Conducting educational events for employees

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Horizontal's history

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