Diversity and Inclusion

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14 Jun: Best Buy employees share what Juneteenth means to them

Best Buy is proud to recognize Juneteenth’s significance by observing it as a paid company holiday starting this year. The corporate office will be closed on Friday, June 18, and all full-time and part-time employees who work on June 19 will be paid time and a half.

Additionally, we are providing information for employees about local community-led celebrations, educational resources and volunteer opportunities. We’re also matching 100% of any one-time donation an employee makes to a nonprofit organization of their choice on June 19.

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28 May: See how Best Buy is supporting the LGBTQIA+ community

As Best Buy celebrates Pride month this year, we also recognize the challenges and continued attacks the LGBTQIA+ community has faced over the past year — especially transgender and gender non-conforming people.

We’re committed to creating an inclusive culture, both inside our company and beyond. We’ve achieved a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s Corporate Equality Index for 16 years in a row, earning the distinction of being a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

We’ve also joined with HRC and hundreds of companies and organizations to support the Equality Act.

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28 May: Teens showcase Pride through partnership between PopSockets, Best Buy

Four teens from Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers across the country recently had the opportunity to express themselves and support the LGBTQIA+ community by designing their own PopSockets PopGrips.

The teens participated in a program in partnership between Best Buy Teen Tech Centers and PopSockets to design smartphone grips that will be sold online at BestBuy.com beginning in June as part of our celebration of Pride month.

The teens were commissioned and compensated through PopSockets’ standard procedures for freelance designers and had the chance to follow along in the process to see their design evolve from an idea to a product sold by Best Buy.

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28 May: Best Buy employees reflect on what Pride means to them

The LGBTQIA+ community is full of powerful stories, and for Pride month this year we’re celebrating stories of finding your place, taking up space and choosing your family.

This takes on added significance this year, as we recognize the challenges the LGBTQIA+ community is facing. That includes a rise in violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

We asked LGBTQIA+ employees from across the company what Pride means to them.

How do you celebrate Pride month?

  • Claire D. (She/Her): “Pride Month, for me, is a time to reflect.
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28 Apr: Best Buy stands with AAPI employees, communities

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the vibrant role the AAPI community plays in our nation’s culture and heritage. However, we also must acknowledge the struggle and pain taking place within that community right now.

There has been a dramatic rise in anti-Asian racist incidents nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That ranges from racial slurs to extreme violence in some cases.

Especially now, Best Buy stands with our AAPI employees and communities.

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28 Apr: Living my values: Best Buy leaders celebrate their Asian American heritage

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May, we want to take the time to reflect on the significant contributions and achievements AAPI Americans have made — and continue to make — to our country, our communities and Best Buy.

This observance comes at a time that has been significantly difficult for the AAPI community, with anti-Asian hate crimes on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, it’s more important than ever to share and celebrate the voices of the AAPI community.

We’re proud to highlight four AAPI leaders who shared how their family, culture and experiences have shaped who they are today.

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28 Apr: Creativity, Connection Fuel This Best Buy Employee's Passion

Since he was young, Paul Asao has always loved beautiful things.

He credits this to the creatives in his life who showed him how to express a passion for arts, including his mother, Rose. She was a talented artist who used art, including sumi-e paintings (Japanese ink painting) and calligraphy, to honor her Japanese American heritage. 

Now as a creative director for Best Buy Creative Services, Paul is constantly creating and using art to tell the Best Buy story. 

“A close friend of mine in the advertising industry once told me, ‘Never stop doing what you like or want to do,’” Paul said.

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28 Apr: She’s proud to carry on her family’s trailblazing legacy

If you’ve met Jen Teves, you’ve met her grandmother, Vicenta. The two were so close that Jen can see how her grandmother, who died in 2011, shows up in her day-to-day life.

When Vicenta, a teacher in the Philippines, taught Jen math as a child, she wasn’t allowed to have calculators or count on her fingers. She would put her hands behind her back and work the problems out in her head.

Jen, a research director at Best Buy, still uses these skills and others her grandmother taught her.

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28 Apr: Asian ERG brings community, bridges cultures

Best Buy employees typically join Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for allyship, belonging and community — sometimes referred to as the ABCs of ERGs. And the Asian ERG’s members get all of that and then some.

Best Buy’s Asian ERG (AERG) has almost 1,000 members and aims to represent and support everyone involved. That includes highlighting more than 48 countries and their respective cultural celebrations, from Lunar New Year and Diwali to Hmong New Year and Philippine Independence Day.

The group offers an outlet for purposeful interactions and a chance to learn more from one another.

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20 Apr: Best Buy Named to Forbes’ List of America's Best Employers for Diversity

For the second year in a row, Forbes has ranked Best Buy as the No. 65 company on its list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.

We were named to this list based on results from a survey of 60,000 people who ranked their employers on topics such as age, gender and LGBTQIA+ equality.

At Best Buy, we pride ourselves on continuing to build an inclusive culture. We aim to reflect the population of the communities we serve to deliver exceptional experiences for our customers and our employees.

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04 Mar: Best Buy creates scholarship fund for HBCU students

To support students and build a diverse talent pipeline across the country, Best Buy has committed to provide $44 million to expand college prep and career opportunities for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students.

As part of those efforts, we partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to launch a scholarship fund that helps reduce financial barriers for Black students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and prepares them for the tech-reliant jobs of the future.