Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We're in this together
It’s part of the Devon culture to value differences, include and empower others, and courageously address inequity where it exists. We cultivate an inclusive, diverse, equitable and respectful workplace where our employees can feel a sense of belonging. When we bring together diverse experiences and challenge ourselves to think differently, we believe it leads to innovation and creative problem-solving. Devon also engages with our communities to understand how we can make a difference beyond our workplace.
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) vision:
Every person contributing to their fullest and making a positive impact every day.
To make this a reality, we have active participation from our senior leaders and committed volunteer leaders and allies. We’re expanding our DEI programming to bring more employees into the conversation, build understanding and make positive change happen.
- The Devon board of directors endorses our DEI efforts and follows our progress closely.
- The DEI Leadership Team of executives and vice presidents champions strategies to achieve our vision and supports others by coaching, motivating, breaking down barriers and listening.
- The volunteer DEI Team strives to proactively increase awareness, identify challenges, and find innovative ways to achieve our DEI vision and strategy.
- Our Human Resources team guides and advises the DEI Team with strategic support, tools and resources for success.
- We set a corporate scorecard goal to expand the reach of our DEI charitable programming by cultivating relationships with new organizations in 2022, increasing our accountability for DEI progress.
Devon has been taking a deep and critical look at how we fight inequality in the company and our communities since racial strife shook our country and workforce in 2020. Our exploration of racial and social justice continued in 2021 by listening and learning from community DEI thought leaders, and engaging more employees in the DEI conversation to dispel myths and build awareness.
Most importantly, we are taking action on feedback and suggestions from employees. We’re increasing DEI learning opportunities that allow employees the chance to contribute and grow. Devon’s leadership is also demonstrating an even greater commitment to DEI.
As part of this commitment, senior leaders reviewed key metrics for hiring, promotions, leadership movement, pay equity and other factors at the company and department level. They had honest, heartfelt conversations with employee DEI leaders about the right things to do to improve DEI at Devon. From these conversations, senior leaders formed work groups to review and implement actions to improve hiring practices, employee benefits, DEI education and leader resources. This resulted in expanded paid leave options, more inclusive and equitable internal and external selection processes, and plans for more frequent improvement discussions.
One of our priorities is to diversify our workforce. We have implemented inclusive hiring practices, introduced improved interviewing techniques and are increasing our talent candidate sourcing capabilities. In addition, our DEI Team discussions about the McKinsey & Company Women in the Workplace 2022 Study revealed opportunities to make some of our policies and practices more family friendly.
Our actions in 2022 to be more diverse, equitable and inclusive included:
- Enhanced Devon’s paid time off policy to provide additional time for all employees to take care of themselves and their families.
- Increased DEI learning opportunities through guided conversations, book study groups, external speaker events and other programming.
- Implemented recruiting practices to attract diverse candidates, recognize and address bias in decision making, and create a positive candidate experience.
- Introduced scenario-based discrimination and harassment training for all employees focused on speaking up and speaking up for others.
- Prepared diverse candidates for advancement with leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
- Launched the Women’s Leadership Learning Forum hosted by female Devon directors to connect women leaders in exploring leadership topics and forming a meaningful network to support learning and growth.
- Presented the Leading High Performing Teams series on best practices in creating psychological safety, setting clear expectations, feedback and development, and reducing bias.
- Continued sponsoring the Women’s Energy Network of Greater Oklahoma (WEN OK) and Oklahoma Women in Tech (WIT), and supporting women at Devon in being active participants and leaders in these organizations.
- Increased transparency by disclosing our annual U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) Report for details on our workforce by race, ethnicity and gender across EEO Commission (EEOC) job categories.
- Made Devon Inclusion and Equity grants to 15 new organizations in Oklahoma City and the Permian Basin in 2022, based on DEI Team recommendations. We also made grants to four organizations for the second year and are expanding the program to other operating areas. See page 58 for more on our Inclusion and Equity Grants program.
Developing tomorrow’s workforce today
Devon’s partnership with Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Oklahoma City is an investment in the school, its students and our future workforce. Cristo Rey received a Devon Inclusion and Equity Grant in 2022 for its work-study program for eight students to get real-world work experience in our headquarters office. The work-study program also accounts for a major part of the private school’s funding to further its mission to make affordable, high-quality, faithbased education available to underserved communities and families of limited means.
Cristo Rey students participate during standard business hours alongside Devon professionals in our accounting, EHS, exploration, mid-continent business unit, information technology (IT), marketing and supply chain groups.
Senior Arianna Luevano brought skills from four previous work-study placements in varied industries to Devon, where she worked on an engineering related project. Her assignment included a presentation about her experience to company employees.
“ Engineering has always been a top study for me, but now I’m looking more into it just because of my placement this year.”
- Arianna Luevano