At Ares, we embrace our differences. Diversity in all of its forms is key to our firm’s open culture and long-term success. By fully appreciating our team members' diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, we believe Ares is positioned to realize favorable outcomes for our investors and for the firm. To support our diverse workforce and enrich our work environment, Ares offers a multitude of programs and policies that reflect our purpose-driven culture.
The mission of the Ares’ Inclusion & Diversity Council is to establish well-orchestrated strategies and operating plans that incorporate business alignment, leadership accountability and measured success in the following areas:
The mission of ANEW is to expand the representation of women at every level of the firm and to cultivate ideas, programs and practices that allow women to thrive at Ares. ANEW aims to attract, support, advance and impact women's careers through activities including women's networking events, “Link Up with Leadership” meetings, “Women Who Lead” speaker sessions, and sponsorship of women's organizations. We believe that enhanced interaction and collaboration among Ares' female professionals can provide opportunities to accelerate their progress and success.
Ares recognizes the importance of building and supporting a family, and the policies below reflect our commitment to assist our employees as they endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities at work and at home.
Out at Ares seeks to promote an inclusive, respectful, and diverse workplace environment at Ares that empowers LGBT+ employees and their allies. This group focuses on the recruitment, retention, development, and support of our LGBT+ employees and their families. We strive to achieve these goals through active engagement with internal and external stakeholders, education, ally development, networking events, and volunteering in the communities where Ares operates.
The ABA is a group focused on leadership, development and recruitment of persons of color. ABA values and engages its members, allies and partners through a series events which range from, volunteering initiatives to lunch-and-learns with the aim of empowering all Ares' employees and making the firm a more inclusive place to work. This employee-led group is committed to excellence in professional development, giving back to the community, and a fair and equitable employee experience while driving superior business results. The group provides a safe and supportive environment where all member voices count. ABA's strategy is based on four pillars: Attract, Change, Advance & Engage.
DREAM is a community for employees with special needs children, providing resources and support to help these parents as they build careers at Ares. DREAM promotes an environment of mutual respect and teamwork, while providing an avenue for those seeking the guidance, encouragement, and camaraderie of others who have successfully faced similar parenting challenges. We strive to raise awareness of the challenges faced by these employees and provide resources in line with Ares' employee-friendly work environment.
We believe that communities are strengthened by diverse backgrounds and thought, where everyone has a sense of belonging and can make a contribution. Ares is proud to partner with several organizations fostering these goals within our communities. We work with the organizations in many different ways, including offering donations, employee volunteerism, providing internships and serving on boards.
Expanding the social capital of youth through curiosity, gratitude, team and adventure to learn a common civic language, engage in dialogue, and explore local and global challenges ranging from housing to environmental justice.
Activating the entrepreneurial mindset and building startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities, to ensure their success and create a more vibrant society.
Providing talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities.
Providing educational business competitions that connect corporations with schools in low-income communities to increase college and career readiness.