"The challenges we face as a world, country and company require thoughtful solutions derived from experience, understanding and innovation. Our country and our clients are diverse in obvious and subtle ways. At Battelle our diversity of thought is a differentiator that comes from creating a culture that is open and supportive of people of all backgrounds. We cannot be at the forefront in our fields of research or business without bringing the best of all backgrounds to the table.”
- Sudip Parikh, General Manager of Health & Analytics
Diversity is recognized as the unique characteristics that make an individual different from his or her peers. At Battelle, diversity is more than the legally protected classes, such as age, gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. It also encompasses an individual’s communication style, life experiences, educational background, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, marital status and any other variables that influences a person’s perspective. It is the diversity of perspective and thought our employees have leveraged throughout our history to generate innumerable ideas and subsequent solutions for our clients. Consequently, in this ever-evolving and challenging environment, we are even more dedicated and focused to progressing our diversity as we strive to stay at the forefront of scientific innovation.
Inclusion is measured by the extent to which an employee feels valued and included by an organization in decision-making. With this in mind, the true value of diversity cannot be realized without inclusion. Inclusion is what makes diversity a competitive advantage and not just an idea that changes the way we think. At Battelle, we strive to be continuously cognizant of the demographic makeup of our leadership and those in critical roles to ensure diverse perspectives are incorporated when making decisions.
Battelle has established four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to promote diversity and inclusion by engaging employees from underrepresented groups through networking and community outreach events, as well as providing professional development opportunities led by senior leaders and/or external partner organizations that align with business needs. Our current ERGs are: