Diversity at Battelle
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 at Battelle
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:
- The Women’s Network exists to advocate for women’s essential role in our business’ success and increase awareness around women’s contributions to past, present and future endeavors in science and technology.
- The Multi-Cultural ERG (MERG) exists to address concerns and opportunities related to race, ethnicity and culture to ensure Battelle utilizes its diverse perspectives to achieve superior solutions.
- The NextGen ERG exists to attract, develop, retain and engage early career professionals that will be our future leaders and source of new ideas.
- The Prism ERG exists to support and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied (LGBTA) employees to make all employees feel safe, valued and welcomed which fosters an environment of inclusion.