At ESI, the success of our business is fundamentally connected to the wellbeing of our highly-skilled employees. We recognize our responsibility to create a healthy and safe work environment. We believe that an inclusive and diverse team drives innovation, allowing us to compete more effectively. We also believe that building connections among our employees, their families and our communities creates a more meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable workplace. We strive to support the communities in which we operate, which in turn support our most important assets, our people.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We believe a diverse workforce leads to better outcomes, innovation and growth. Creativity and problem-solving skills thrive when a broader group of people with varying backgrounds and perspectives come together to achieve a common goal. We value individual differences and aim to build a culture of empathy and diversity in a workplace where our colleagues can be their authentic selves. At the same time, a diverse workforce also helps us attract and retain a broader talent pool.
In 2022, we announced a Sustainability Goal in support of our DE&I approach: See Vision & Strategy.
Together with executives from across the company, our CEO and our Head of HR lead the effort to promote diversity and inclusiveness within our organization. We have Board-approved policies designed to ensure fair hiring practices and have actions in place to prevent discrimination and harassment. In particular, our Business Conduct and Ethics Policy, Fair Employment Policy and Rules of Conduct define discrimination and inappropriate behavior, accountable roles and responsibilities, grievance mechanisms and reporting procedures, and are shared with all employees. In 2022, we achieved our first goal on our journey to becoming a more inclusive and diverse global organization – 90% of our U.S. employees completed our DE&I training and 100% of our U.S. managers benefitted from a more in-depth inclusion program.
As part of our commitment to full and equal employment, we are continuing to grow female and minority representation in our business. Our primary mechanism for improving diversity is through thoughtful and intentional diversity recruiting. We strive to hire candidates from different backgrounds and ethnicities.
* Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and unknown ethnicities
Colleagues in Cambe supporting International Women’s Day
As an innovation and service-based company, our workforce is our most vital asset. We are mindful of the fact that true customer satisfaction, business growth and longevity can only be achieved through healthy relationships between the company and its people— including labor unions. As such, ESI supports freedom of association and values effective communication and productive collaboration with our labor unions across the globe. Approximately 10% of our employees belong to unions, most of which are in the Americas and Europe. In the last three years, ESI has entered into ~30 collective bargaining agreements with labor unions which related to mandatory negotiations topics, including annual salary increases, benefits and working conditions. We believe our relationships with our employees and collective bargaining unions are satisfactory.