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What on earth is an Employee Resource Group?

Financy gets to the bottom of what exactly is an Employee Resource Group and why on earth you should create one.
October 18, 2023

Unless you run in HR circles, chances are that you’ve never heard of an Employee Resource Group (ERG), let alone know where to start when it comes to creating one.

Put simply, ERGs are a grassroots, employee-driven initiative established within your company to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

They are usually formed by employees who share a common characteristic, background, or interest, and they serve as a platform for supporting and advocating for underrepresented groups within our workforce.

In Australia, as in many other countries, employee resource groups play a valuable role in building a more inclusive and equitable workplace and are often seen as a critical component of an organisation’s broader diversity and inclusion strategy.

They contribute to creating a more welcoming and supportive environment for all employees, regardless of their background or characteristics.

So how do you build an Employee Resource Group?
Here are some of the characteristics and objectives to take note of:
  • Voluntary and Employee-Led: ERGs are voluntary and led by employees who are passionate about advancing diversity and inclusion. Participation is open to all employees who support the mission of the ERG.
  • Diverse Membership: ERGs bring together individuals who share a common characteristic, such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or shared interests like community service or career development.
  • Inclusion and Support: ERGs aim to create a sense of community and belonging within the organization. They provide a safe space for members to share experiences, discuss challenges, and support one another.
  • Advocacy and Education: ERGs often advocate for change within the company, helping to address diversity and inclusion issues. They also play a role in educating the broader workforce about the unique experiences and challenges faced by their respective communities.
  • Professional Development: Many ERGs offer opportunities for skill development, mentorship, and career advancement, benefiting both their members and the organization.
  • Community Engagement: ERGs often engage in community service, volunteer work, or outreach activities related to their shared interests or goals. This not only benefits the community but also enhances the company’s reputation.
  • Networking: ERGs provide networking opportunities within the company, connecting employees who have similar interests or backgrounds.
  • Advisory Role: Some ERGs may serve as advisory bodies to the company’s leadership, providing insights and recommendations on diversity and inclusion initiatives, policies, and practices.
  • Compliance with Values and Regulations: ERGs align with the organization’s values and goals regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and they may also operate in accordance with relevant regulations and legislation.


Financy covers gender finance, diversity, inclusion and ESG issues. We advocate for gender equity change through the Women’s Index report and help businesses take action on DEI through tech solutions like IMPACTER.

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