Diversity in all of its forms is key to our firm’s open culture and long-term success. By fully appreciating our team members' diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, we believe Ares is positioned to realize favorable outcomes for our investors and for the firm. To support our diverse workforce and enrich our work environment, Ares offers a multitude of programs and policies that reflect our purpose-driven culture.
Ares' Inclusion & Diversity Council
The mission of the Ares’ Inclusion & Diversity Council is to establish well-orchestrated strategies and operating plans that incorporate business alignment, leadership accountability and measured success in the following areas:
- Cultivate relationships with diversity organizations to tangibly and materially impact diversity recruiting pipelines
- Partner with business leaders to implement best practices that support diversity in interviewing and hiring methods
- Foster a culture of inclusion that embraces all forms of diversity, including but not limited to: ethnicity/background, gender, sexual orientation, and thought
- Identify key retention levers to support diverse team members
Ares Network of Empowered Women (ANEW)
The Ares Network of Empowered Women (ANEW) is focused on expanding the representation of female professionals at every level of the organization and helping women develop the skill sets they need to advance their careers. Our goal is to develop and promote initiatives that address the unique challenges women face in the industry and workplace.
Ares recognizes the importance of building and supporting a family, and the policies below reflect our commitment to assist our employees as they endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities at work and at home.
- Parental Leave for primary and non-primary caregivers in connection with the birth of a child, adoption or surrogacy
- “Welcome Baby” gifts
- Adoption assistance
- Reproductive assistance
- Breast milk shipping
- On-site Mothers' Rooms
- Flexible work arrangements
- Domestic partner benefits
Ares Black Alliance
The ABA is a group focused on leadership, development and recruitment of persons of color. ABA values and engages its members, allies and partners through a series events which range from volunteering initiatives to lunch-and-learns with the aim of empowering all Ares' employees and making the firm a more inclusive place to work. This employee-led group is committed to excellence in professional development, giving back to the community, and a fair and equitable employee experience while driving superior business results. The group provides a safe and supportive environment where all member voices count. ABA's strategy is based on four pillars: Attract, Change, Advance & Engage.
Out at Ares
Out at Ares seeks to promote an inclusive, respectful, and diverse workplace environment at Ares that empowers LGBT+ employees and their allies. This group focuses on the recruitment, retention, development, and support of our LGBT+ employees and their families. We strive to achieve these goals through active engagement with internal and external stakeholders, education, ally development, networking events, and volunteering in the communities where Ares operates.
Disability Resources Around Me (DREAM)
DREAM is a community for employees with special needs children, providing resources and support to help these parents as they build careers at Ares. DREAM promotes an environment of mutual respect and teamwork, while providing an avenue for those seeking the guidance, encouragement, and camaraderie of others who have successfully faced similar parenting challenges. We strive to raise awareness of the challenges faced by these employees and provide resources in line with Ares' employee-friendly work environment.
Inclusion & Diversity
We believe that communities are strengthened by diverse backgrounds and thought, where everyone has a sense of belonging and can make a contribution. Ares is proud to partner with several organizations fostering these goals within our communities. We work with the organizations in many different ways, including offering donations, employee volunteerism, providing internships and serving on boards.