Working for workplace religious diversity, equity & inclusion


Google’s Inter Belief Network (IBN)

Tomas Flier, Google’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, introduced the above Inter Belief Network (IBN) video during his keynote presentation at the 2nd annual National Faith@Work ERG Conference, Feb. 9-11, 2021 hosted by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) and the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

In Flier’s keynote, he told the story of how building a culture of belonging for all at Google includes religious inclusion. (Also see feature story by Mya Jaradat, reporting on Flier’s keynote.)

The conference – held virtually – brought together representatives of Fortune 500 companies who are members of faith-and-belief employee resource groups (ERGs). It was a national convening point for workplace chaplains and corporate leaders interested in ethical leadership in the tech age of AI. The 2021 conference theme was Authenticity & Connection.

At Google there are currently 16 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) with more than 250 chapters globally – providing community, personal and professional development opportunities for Googlers from underrepresented communities.

Google’s IBN aims to create a culture of inclusion, tolerance, and mutual understanding at Google for a diversity of beliefs, where Googlers of all beliefs feel welcome, included, and supported. IBN also aims to ensure that the voices of belief-based communities are represented in Google’s products. IBN consists of multiple member chapters representing specific communities of interest, including but not limited to: Buddhists, Christians, Jewglers, and Muslims. IBN also has an interfaith chapter.

Also see Google blog, How your faith community can come together online, by Kirk Perry President, Global Client and Agency Solutions, and Executive Sponsor of Google Inter Belief Network.