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Employee Resource Groups

Overview

At John Deere, we recognize Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as a global competitive advantage to accelerate business results. Our ERGs are defined as company-sponsored, employee-run organizations formed around a common dimension of diversity, interest, or experience that affects the workplace. John Deere leverages each group to support an inclusive work environment in order to attract, develop, and retain top talent from all backgrounds.

 

John Deere ERGs serve as resources to the business, while also bringing together individuals with shared interests. Our ERGs find innovative ways to create and sustain value for our employees, business partners, customers, shareholders, and communities. Their efforts address three key focus areas – employee, community and business.

What's in it for you?

John Deere ERGs are open to all John Deere salaried employees interested in supporting the groups' objectives. While employee participation is voluntary, members of our ERGs find opportunities for professional and leadership development, project management, mentoring, networking, community service, and exposure to senior leadership.

Our Employee Resource Groups

WomenREACH

The WomenREACH Employee Resource Groups work to create an enriching business environment that enables women and men to reach their full potential at John Deere.


Testimonials

Erika Platt"Being engaged with QC WomenREACH has provided me developmental opportunities that I would not have received in my regular job. I have enhanced my leadership skills due to the various training sessions and events that I have been able to attend. I have contributed in planning sessions to ensure this team is aligned with the company's strategic ambitions. I feel privileged to be a member of this highly engaged and inclusive team, and look forward to supporting events that drive my passion around employee development."
- Erika M Platt, Cost Accountant




Tammy Knickmeier"I truly enjoy being a part of WomenREACH, especially the outreach program. It is nice to work with people in other areas of our organization on outreach projects. Most of all, it has been rewarding to see the impact we have had on our community through the various programs we have facilitated."
- Tammy Knickmeier, Business Analyst



WomenREACH Employee Resource Groups

  • Des Moines Area, Iowa
  • Fargo/Valley City, North Dakota
  • Horicon, Wisconsin
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Olathe, Kansas
  • Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa
  • Raleigh (Cary), North Carolina
  • Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Waterloo, Iowa
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Finland
  • India
  • Germany
  • Mexico

Multicultural/Ethnicity

The Multicultural/Ethnicity Employee Resource Groups promote the value that all of our cultures bring to the organization through education, community support, and cultural events.


Testimonials

K'uang Ku"I joined LOTUS thinking I would share my cultural background. What I discovered was I got to work with people I normally don't meet, developing skills I did not have and working on projects that have big impact."
- K'uang Ku, JD-QPS Advisor







Marquita Jennings"The QC Black Employee Resource Group has added value to my John Deere experience because it allows me to improve my knowledge through developmental activities, build my network through varying social events, work on my leadership skills by taking on a committee role, and be engaged and inspired within my community."
- Marquita Jennings, Auditor




Multicultural/Ethnicity Employee Resource Groups

  • Quad Cities Black Employee Resource Group
  • Quad Cities Community of Latinos Offering Resources & Support
  • Quad Cities International Cultural Exchange
  • Dubuque Multicultural Awareness Group
  • Johnston Multicultural
  • Quad Cities LOTUS (Asian / Pacific Islander)
  • Madison Multicultural Employee Resource Group
  • Raleigh (Cary) Multicultural
  • Thibodaux Multicultural Employee Resources & Global Expansion

Common Interest

The Common Interest Employee Resources Groups are organized around an area of interest that affects the workplace.


Testimonials

Kristina Voyna"Being a part of Rainbow is a good investment for me, my work colleagues and John Deere as a whole. I provide our executive sponsor – a VP! – quarterly updates on our ERG and goals. I get to model and champion LGBT equality in my interactions. John Deere benefits from the passion and knowledge that I and other Rainbow members can bring to help make LGBT-inclusive decisions on things like HR policy, benefits and more. I come to work each day bringing all of me to what I do. I get to show my passion, grow my skills and work for a world-class company. It doesn't get much better than that!"
- Kristina Voyna, Manager, Region 4 HR Communications



Derek Feld"The Quad Cities Military Employee Resource Group provides a means to support both our own John Deere family as well as the general community and promote the needs and interests of active/reserve military, veterans, and their families and loved ones. Knowing that we have already touched several people's lives in a positive and impactful way is evidence of our power for good, which I look forward to continuing my involvement with in the future."
- Derek Feld, Engineering Supervisor




Tyler Mitchell"Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) lay a foundation of effective bi-directional communications at John Deere. We are true corporate business partners. It is no surprise to me why John Deere is actualizing the tremendous advantages ERGs bring to an organization. Apart from the undeniable psychological benefit of aggregating groups with common purpose and background, at John Deere, ERGs are tasked with a wide variety of initiatives. These initiatives promote networking, community involvement, and employee development within the company. This blend of purpose is a foundational link John Deere holds with its employees. It strengthens engagement by aligning with talent acquisition and retention, and supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace."
- Tyler Mitchell, Infrastructure Analyst


Sarah Ness"Being part of Women in Operations has opened my eyes to the various operation roles and how it takes many functions to make a factory tick."
- Sarah Ness, Wage Training Manager





Common Interest Employee Resource Groups

  • Quad Cities Military
  • Quad Cities New & Experienced Organization Network
  • John Deere Financial Military Network
  • Dubuque New & Experienced Organization Network
  • UMANG
  • DISHA
  • Parent & Caregiver Connection
  • Rainbow Resource Group (LGBT)
  • Women in Operations
  • Teleworkers Unlimited
  • .EDU