Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
An empowered culture on the rise
The collective talents and perspectives of our associates drive the good we create in the world – and why we are focused on building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture.
Solving some of the world’s most complex scientific challenges is at the heart of what we do. Whether having a direct role in successfully bringing COVID-19 vaccines to market, innovating proprietary products specified in customer workflows, or driving process improvements at a local level, these positive impacts are made possible by embracing every voice, perspective, and talent that, together, forge new paths creating a better world for us all.
Ensuring every associate is empowered to grow, succeed and shape our evolving culture, we implemented a scalable strategy incorporating associate feedback on priorities and opportunity areas focused on:
- Culture: Fostering inclusivity and belonging through education and connection, and embedding inclusive behaviors into our core values
- Talent Development: Increasing diverse leadership representation and providing equitable opportunities for associates to grow
- Community and Giving: Supporting organizations across the globe to make a positive impact where Avantor associates live and work
- Policy: Examining existing systems to remove any bias and expanding coverage to adequately support all associates
- Communications: Creating accessible channels for accessing information and engaging in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives
Associate-centric teams expand
Empowered as change agents, Avantor associates expanded our Associate-Centric Teams (ACTs) program from three teams to five: PRIDE Network, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Women in Business, ACT VETS (Veterans Advancing Avantor) and ACT Diverse Abilities. ACTs offer associates increased opportunities to build connections, community and camaraderie. Throughout 2021, ACT events held across the globe and in multiple time zones engaged over 2,100 allies in crucial DE&I conversations.
CEO Action Day of Understanding inspires open conversations
Avantor’s annual participation in CEO Action Day of Understanding events focused on virtual DE&I discussions led by our ACTs in partnership with our Executive Leadership Team. More than 250 associates participated in sessions, sharing personal stories, learning from one another and engaging directly with leadership on critical DE&I topics.
Monthly DE&I discussion continue conversational momentum
Further engaging associates in DE&I topics were discussions hosted virtually by our Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and co-presented by members of our Executive Leadership Team or ACT team officers. Held across multiple time zones and dates, topics varied from “How to create safe spaces” to “How to be an authentic ally.”
In 2021, Avantor launched a self-identification campaign in the United States and Canada, encouraging associates to update personal demographic information. Adopting this best practice outlined by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is instrumental in helping to understand workforce composition and ensuring programs and policies in place appropriately support our associate population.
DE&I training for all
Central to Avantor’s DE&I strategy is providing convenient programming and resources accessible to our global workforce. Over 70% of our associates work in distribution centers and manufacturing sites where most do not have company-issued devices, presenting a barrier to easily attending our virtual DE&I and ACT events. To fully include and engage these associates, our DE&I team traveled to multiple Avantor sites across the Americas to meet with over 700 associates in group settings, gather feedback and create action plans.