Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At Carson Patents, we are committed to enabling an accepting environment for our community that includes all people. We provide a safe space where our employees can express themselves, exchange ideas, and feel heard while doing so. The most productive work environments emerge when employers enable a receptive and accesible workplace. We do this by encouraging a collaborative work environment where all employees contribute and participate. Carson Patents endorses curiosity and an open mind regarding the experiences and perspectives of others. We promote and provide equal employment opportunities.
The Carson Patents community comprises the human people and business entities. Our focus is the human inventors because our patent attorney is licensed in the United States (U.S.), and the only requirement to obtain a patent for an invention in the U.S. is the inventor must be a human. We also represent business entity applicants, but even then, our focus is the inventor. Our inventors and innovators come from all the over the world. We have worked with many different people and encourage anyone with an idea or invention, regardless of gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, or any other discriminating factor, to reach for their goals.
Carson Patents fosters a culture of diversity to recognize and celebrate that each member of our community is different in their own ways. Diversity is both essential and a highly valued principle anywhere, but especially in a workplace.
What is Diversity and Why is Diversity Important?
At Carson Patents, the definition of diversity refers to the existence of variations of different elements that shape our identity within the group of human people.
Diversity can include race, gender, sex, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, communication style, work style, socio-economic status, political orientation, and more. We commemorate these characteristics and the experiences that make each individual unique from the next person.
By stimulating a culture where individual differences are recognized and appreciated, Carson Patents benefits from varied perspectives and opinions regarding our business practices. The power of diversity in the workplace can do a lot for a company and its employees. Read more about diversity.
Disability is a natural part of diversity. Disabilities are divergent and affect people in a multitude of ways. They include a range of health conditions and personal situations, which may be visible or invisible, chronic or acute. Ensuring people with disabilities are represented and supported in the workforce creates a work environment where everyone can feel safe and comfortable. An ambiance where everyone can feel safe and comfortable leads to more productivity in the workplace, as everyone is given the means to be successful.
Carson Patents was started by our owner, Greg Carson, a U.S. Air Force service disabled veteran. To view current statistics on disability employment, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Being fair and impartial to all in the workplace (equity) is necessary for a successful workplace. All people should be treated justly and fairly. We define equity as the absence of all barriers and systematic disparities, intentional and unintentional, between people of all types and kinds. By ensuring fair and unbiased access to opportunities, benefits, and resources, while taking into consideration individual obstacles or privileges, we have created a workforce where our employees feel respected and our inventors feel welcome.
What is the Difference Between Equity and Equality?
Although the terms equity and equality sound similar, and their implications are similar, the details are different. Equity is being just and fair, and equality is being equal in status, rights, and opportunities.
Equality occurs when everyone is given the same opportunities, resources, or benefits. Equity is differentiable to equality because it takes into consideration the bias and privilege some people hold, as well as the the disadvantages or barriers others may face. This recognition allows for the fair and unbiased allocation of those opportunities, resources, or benefits in order for an equal outcome to be reached. Read more about equality.
Inclusion and diversity go hand in hand. Hiring a diverse workforce does not guarantee that every employee has the same experience or opportunities in the workplace. Awareness and empathy is necessary in order to manage groups of individuals with varying thought patterns and behaviors. At Carson Patents, we take actions to understand and embrace the unique identities and perspectives of all our employees so everyone feels welcomed, supported, and esteemed.
What is Inclusion?
We define inclusion as the achievement of a work environment where each individual is treated fairly and impartially with equal access to opportunities and resources, allowing them to successfully be included and contribute. Workplace inclusion manifests when employees feel appreciated and accepted without having to conform to any norms. By ensuring nondiscrimination, we are able to provide underrepresented populations with the resources and opportunities that support growth and knowledge. Read more about inclusion.