Our commitment to diversity & inclusion
Creating a diverse and inclusive, high performance culture involves everyone! Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Thermo Fisher Scientific is integral to our growth strategy and aligns with our 4i Values of Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. We are committed to creating a global environment that embraces and leverages the unique qualities and differences of every individual employee. This strategy is approved by our CEO and is led by Rueben Stokes, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion. His role is to embed diversity and inclusion principals into all aspects of company processes and practices and to measure achievement of specific goals.
We integrate D&I metrics and data analysis into our business and HR operations to enable meaningful actions that continue to progress and reinforce inclusive behaviors. We support our D&I culture though regular development offerings, trainings, and employee communications. Finally, we promote an inclusive culture through our D&I Recruiting Council and ERG members, who provide governance and thought leadership on our D&I efforts.
Through our D&I Recruiting Council we have developed relationships with key external Diversity focused organizations to recruit top talent from underrepresented ethnic groups, such as African-Americans and Hispanic-Latinos. We focus candidates from various career levels, including recent graduates, mid-level managers and senior executives. Some of the external organizations that we work with include: Executive Leadership Council, Inroads, Management Leaders for Tomorrow, Prospanica (Hispanic MBAs) and the National Black MBA Association.
Embracing diversity through involvement
Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy is greatly enabled through the progress of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These groups bring together individuals with similar interests to improve the colleague experience as well as to support key initiatives. With 97 chapters worldwide, ERGs invite and embrace the many elements of diversity to promote learning, advancement and engagement.
As part of our commitment to respecting and understanding different perspectives within the company, our Millennials’ ERG manages a Reverse Mentoring Program that is operated in local chapters globally. The Reverse Mentoring Program enables Millennials to serve as mentors to members of other generations across Thermo Fisher Scientific to strengthen the connection and understanding across generations.
Corporate Equality Index
Thermo Fisher Scientific received a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 16th annual scorecard on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. This is the third consecutive year that we have been named a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The report evaluates policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Based on its assessment of these criteria, CEI gave Thermo Fisher a perfect score of 100.
"Thermo Fisher is committed to fostering an environment where every employee feels included and valued," said Peter Kim, Vice President of Culture and Counsel and former co-sponsor of the LGBTA Employee Resource Group. “Although we're always committed to doing more to lead in this area, earning a perfect score for the third consecutive year shows that workplace equality is now tightly woven into the fabric of our company."
Specific measures Thermo Fisher has taken to support our colleagues who identify as LGBTQ include:
- Providing the full range of medically necessary services and treatment as outlined under the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care
- Integrating sexual orientation and gender identity topics into our Diversity & Inclusion training courses
- Updating our Philanthropic Giving Guidelines and Supplier Diversity Statement to include gender identity
- Establishing a companywide diversity council that focuses on LGBTQ diversity recruitment, retention, development and education
In recognition of our efforts to strengthen our culture of diversity and inclusion, Thermo Fisher was ranked 31st among the Top 100 Innovators in Diversity and Inclusion in the United States. The list was compiled by Mogul, an award-winning online platform that enables women worldwide to share their views, exchange information and access knowledge.
The Mogul team specifically lauded Thermo Fisher for the number of minorities who hold leadership positions within the company, our growing number of Employee Resource Groups and our philanthropic giving, which focuses on providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and inspire students to pursue careers in these critical areas.
"I'm deeply humbled and honored that our company continues to garner recognition for our diversity and inclusion efforts," said Alan Nevel, former Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. "We must continue to shape a culture that allows our 65,000 colleagues to feel welcomed, respected and valued. This will enable each and every single one of us to contribute at the highest level of our capabilities, thereby creating successful business outcomes for our customers and Thermo Fisher Scientific as a whole.”
We have long been committed to empowering colleagues to focus on their professional and personal growth to foster an environment where everyone feels included and valued and there is equal opportunity to develop a successful career. Click here to read our 2017 Gender Pay Gap Report.