JAMS Diversity Statement
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means appreciating that each individual is unique, and recognizes that with those differences come different strengths. It is about understanding each other and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. These can be along the dimensions of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.
The "business case for diversity" embraces the notion that in a global marketplace, a company should strive to employ a diverse workforce. At JAMS, we believe that diversity significantly enhances the quality of the services we provide our clients. We value and encourage diverse viewpoints and leverage them to guide our business.
At JAMS, diversity starts at the top with our Senior Management Team comprised of both men and women who are from different generations, and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
It’s rooted in our policies and practices from our recruiting and selection process, to how we train, develop and promote our people. It’s how we treat JAMS associates; solely on the basis of merit, competency, qualifications and overall work performance.
At JAMS, we are proud that minorities make up a third of JAMS entire workforce, and three quarters of our employees are women. In addition, minorities and women are in key roles at all levels across the organization. JAMS “walks the talk”.
JAMS also has a history of pursuing increased diversity among ADR practitioners. In 2003, The JAMS Foundation in cooperation with the American Bar Association, created Access ADR, an initiative designed to expose the users of ADR services to mediators from various ethnic groups under-represented in the ADR field. JAMS remains dedicated to this effort, including meeting with law firms and inside counsel to solicit their ideas and support.
JAMS will always believe in, and continue to embrace diversity simply because we know it makes us better.