Enriching our culture
Advancing a culture of belonging
Guided by our values, we are fostering a culture that welcomes and celebrates all people, with varying perspectives, experiences and interests – from our Board members to our associates.
Attracting and retaining people with shared enthusiasm for innovation, excellence and achievement enables Avantor to make a difference.
Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and began to advance our culture with ongoing energy and focus. In addition to setting a goal to improve gender and ethnic diversity in leadership roles across our business, our work has included joining the CEO Action Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion™, forming a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee led by our CEO, CHRO and other senior executives, establishing Avantor Associate-Centric Teams (ACTs) with an Executive Leadership Team sponsor for each, among other initiatives.
We are dedicated to empowering our associates in their career development planning. Our strategy will bolster the associate experience, from initial onboarding to realizing their full career potential. A formalized onboarding program will be complemented by learning opportunities that include on-the-job training and on-demand learning modules tailored to drive success in all roles.
Associate safety in the workplace
Our approach to protecting our associates leverages the expertise of environment, health and safety (EH&S) professionals and process engineers who identify risks and implement behavioral solutions to prevent accidents before they occur. A robust auditing program is in place at every facility to ensure that we measure performance and drive continuous improvement.
Core EH&S areas of focus
Our core focus areas include: compliance with regulatory and international requirements; active monitoring of regulatory agencies for changing requirements; partnering with operational leaders to Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) requirements; providing safe and healthy working conditions; eliminating hazards and reducing risks; preventing injuries and ill health.
Associate health & well-being
With the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and at work, we prioritized mental health and emotional well-being in our wellness initiatives. Associates received regular communications from our employee assistance programs (EAP) and were provided options to participate in virtual support groups or webinars focused on stress, anxiety, self-care, parenting, resiliency and caregiving. We also made a commitment to enhance EAP services over the next few years to ensure a consistent experience across the global associate population regarding mental health counseling and work-life balance services.
1,900 associates from 32 countries joined virtual fitness challenge
As the world went virtual, it became increasingly important to get moving and stay connected. More than 1,900 Avantor associates from 32 countries joined our six-week virtual fitness challenge, Avantor in Motion. This fun challenge encouraged associates to champion health, focus on emotional wellness and engage with their peers.
Recognizing success with Avantor's IMPACT Program
Everyday, our associates demonstrate their enthusiasm for innovation, excellence and achievement by helping our customers advance science and solve complex problems. Our global recognition program, IMPACT, is a way for any associate at any level to recognize one another’s contribution by sending an immediate, online “thank you” directly to the associate creating IMPACT by their actions.
Award nominations are based on how associates demonstrate our ICARE values of Innovation, Customer Centricity, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
39,729 recognition moments were sent to associates across the entire organization in 2020.