At Sim, we seek to attract new team members from a diverse pool of creative and technical talent, and that’s a key driver behind our newly-formed Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee. With representatives from across Sim’s divisions and jurisdictions, the Committee is promoting employee education, and exploring ways in which Sim can engage and partner with diverse and underserved communities.
“I want to have the best company with the best people,” says Bill DeRonde, Sim’s President of Post Production and the executive sponsor of the initiative. “Who doesn’t? And I think this committee ultimately will help us achieve our goal to become a truly purpose-driven company.” Kim Spikes, Sim’s Senior Vice President at Post, has been leading many initiatives at the Sim New York office for years, focusing on the inclusion of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ among others. “It’s exciting to be part of a companywide initiative,” says Kim. “We’re committed to immediately creating positive change in a number of areas.”
Sim will soon introduce Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to increase engagement across all locations and divisions. ERGs will help staff to get involved and contribute their voices and ideas. “Many D&I programs aren’t successful because they don’t develop young talent and are not supporting and promoting inclusive work environments,” says Bill. “We need to follow through with programs and outreach that help us to grow a wider pool of voices and then support them from entry level positions on up the chain.”
Bill admits the film and television industry has failed to make diversity a priority in the past. For example, women’s share of writing, directing and cinematography work, in both film and television, still remains below 25%. The statistics are even worse for all ethnic representation. “It was always easy to hire quickly from the circle of people we already knew and simply move on, because we were just so busy working. These actions contributed to a narrower range of individuals excelling to high level positions in our company.”
Across all industries, there is a growing movement to increase the range of talent represented.