We improve lives all over the world by solving complex material science challenges. 要做到这一点，需要成千上万拥有不同才能的人为一个共同目标而努力：携手创造一个更美好的未来。在我们的业务工作中，可以感受到这种包容性的合作精神。它推动创新，使我们在所服务的市场中赢得领导地位，并启示我们每天都要相互尊重。
We move fast. We have to. Being first to market is important to our clients. But we take pride in being more than just fast. We want to be best. That’s why we take care of our team by rewarding their commitment to quality and performance. And, it’s why we choose to focus on employee quality of life as well as quality of product.
Our focus on People is advancing our commitment to inclusion and diversity and the important benefits that result. We recognize that in corporations around the world, women and minorities fall behind early and continue to lose ground along their career journeys. At Avient we’re working to change that, and we’re making progress. At the core of our improvement is our management commitment, which has fostered multiple Employee Resource Groups that are driving improvements —and opening opportunities—throughout our organization.
Learn more about inclusion & diversity through our employee resource groups at Avient.
Avient's LEAD by Women Employee Resource Group promotes inclusion and diversity by increasing access to the tools and resources necessary to build leadership skills and accelerate careers. 虽然由女性领导，但该举措是“包罗万象”的——鼓励每个人参与、学习、提高技能并推进我们的使命。In 2018 the group led numerous leadership development training sessions, covering topics such as unconscious bias, building trust and impactful communication.
Since 2018, more than 4,500 associates have participated in at least one of the 60+ LEAD by Women events. 每个全球区域都有自己的轮流领导结构，可根据当地的需求来制定活动和信息。这种分散式方法确保了对当地习俗和规范的尊重，同时还能推进 Avient 的总体目标。
In 2018, we were excited to launch PRIDE at Avient. This Employee Resource Group works to create a safe and accepting environment that enables LGBTQ associates to perform to their fullest potential and contribute to the success of our company. Through a combination of seminar participation and peer company benchmarking, our team quickly began offering educational programming and awareness—for both LGBTQ associates and supporters.
This year we were proud to achieve an important milestone in this regard: receiving a score of 1000/100 on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the United States’ premier report on corporate policies and practices relating to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Our score reflects Avient’s clear commitment to workplace equality, with respect to policies, benefits and practices.
我们还在 2018 年启动了 HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy)，它旨在建立一个由 Avient 的青年专业人员组成的协作网络，他们渴望在跨代专业知识的支持下进行创新并为我们的客户带来积极的影响。
Beginning a career in any field is exciting, but it can also be daunting and overwhelming. Not only are young professionals learning their jobs, technical skills and organizational savvy, many are also experiencing how to navigate personal finances, independent lifestyles and general life skills—all at the same time.
HYPE was formed to help our associates with this transition. Networking events bring together Avient’s Young Professionals in forums to build their networks among peers, so they learn, support and grow together during this time. Special “life skills” training sessions help HYPE participants in areas like benefits enrollment and filing a personal tax return. Looking ahead, HYPE will be addressing early awareness on career mapping and establishing mentoring relationships with more tenured Avient associates eager to share their experiences.
Racial diversity brings about new ways of thinking, and improves idea generation and innovation. Increasing racial representation is an important part of Avient’s journey. EMBRACE aims to expand our ability to attract, develop and retain racially diverse talent. We do this by supporting recruiting and onboarding programs and by engaging with our existing associates to build on a culture of inclusion. As with all of Avient’s ERGs, EMBRACE is all-inclusive and open to any associate who wants to get involved.