How we are fostering a global culture of inclusion and belonging at DNEG
Hot on the heels of Gender Equality Week in Canada (September 18th to 24th) came National Inclusion week, observed in the UK between September 26th and October 2nd. While initiatives such as this focus our minds on these important topics, our global crews, our EDI Task Group, and our employee-led resource groups are working towards fostering a culture of inclusion, equality, and belonging all year round.
Here are just a few of the initiatives we have implemented at DNEG recently:
DNEG Career Coaching Programme: one-to-one career support for our crew
Our Career Coaching Programme was launched in 2021 and has become a very successful initiative with well over 100 career coaching partnerships so far. Its aim is to pair artists with senior DNEG coaches and provide one-to-one support for the development of the coachee’s professional careers. You can read more about it here.
The UK Kickstart Scheme: empowering young professionals
The Kickstart scheme was launched earlier this year at our London studio, in partnership with the UK Government. Kickstart offers 6-month job placements to young people, giving them a foot in the door of the working world, and a chance to see what VFX is all about. Besides earning valuable work experience, we supported the professional development of our Kickstarters with a series of DNEG Skills Courses and paired each one of them with a DNEG Career Coach. Find out more here.
Celebrating everyone’s uniqueness: welcoming specially-abled people to our crew in India
At DNEG we understand that we have a duty of care and inclusion to those around us. We celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and welcome people from all walks of life. We launched an initiative in India to welcome and support a number of talented artists who are specially abled. Priyanka Pradeep Rane, Roto Artist for Stereo in Mumbai talks about her experience:
“I am auditorily challenged but can talk a little. I am very grateful for the training I received to be a confident and successful artist today working at DNEG in Mumbai. All my trainers and managers are very understanding and patient with me and this gives me the confidence to execute the most complex tasks with ease. It’s truly a blessing when a company like DNEG empowers you to look beyond what you can’t do and pushes you to focus on what you can achieve, and excel in it.”
And if you’ve missed it, take a look at our blog about our Accessibility Working Group: a community for employees with disabilities or who have family members with disabilities – here.
Championing inclusion at an industry level with ACCESS: VFX
ACCESS: VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit which focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity through Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment. DNEG is proud to be a member and to have supported ACCESS: VFX since its inception.
“We’re really excited to be working with ACCESS: VFX on a number of projects, to support people looking to get into the VFX and Animation industries. Recent conversations have had a strong focus on working with under-represented groups and engaging younger people in STEM initiatives. It’s great to team up with the wider VFX and Animation community to support these initiatives and hopefully make this industry more and more accessible to all that want to be a part of it.” Jonny Adamson, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner
FIND OUT MORE
To learn about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at DNEG, our employee-led groups, programmes and partners, click here.
And if you are interested in joining our team and building your career at DNEG, check out our open positions.