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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is our strength. Equity is our focus. Inclusion is our commitment. Innovation inspired by sustainability is our direction.

At Covestro, we’re committed to making the world a brighter place. That’s why we foster diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as the foundation of our innovation and growth.

We value differences, and we’re dedicated to an inclusive work environment that ensures dignity and respect for all stakeholders. We’re convinced that the power of a diverse and inclusive workforce drives innovation, sustainability and employee engagement, improves decision making and contributes to our success.

2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Annual Report

DEI Report 2020 - EN
DEI Report 2020 - ES

Our DEI Strategy

Our vision and values form the foundation of our DEI strategy, which is aligned with our business goals and linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Essential to our success in creating a DEI culture is combining the strategy’s primary focus areas of colleagues, company and community with actionable leadership at every level and location.

Employee Resource Groups at Covestro

All employees – from the executive suite to the plant floor – are responsible for driving DEI throughout Covestro. They’re supported by councils, teams and groups that implement the DEI strategy at the local, regional and global levels.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) function as subcommittees of the North American Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, and they’re at the heart of our DEI efforts. They support the growth and development of specific employee groups within Covestro through education, partnerships and community engagement.

Learn more about our Employee Resource Groups

  • ACCESS

    Focus area: African American Inspires and motivates underrepresented students to pursue their dreams in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

  • Asia Pacific Circle

    Focus area: Asian Pacific Provides resources for employees from Asian countries, as well as employees who are interested in the cultures and/or Covestro career opportunities in these countries.

  • CARE

    Focus area: Accessibility and inclusion Serves as a support resource for accessibility and inclusion, and raises awareness of opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • CHAMP

    Focus area: Veterans/military service Provides resources to veterans and helps raise awareness and understanding of those who have served.

  • COMPASS

    Focus area: Women Fosters the professional growth and development of Covestro women of all backgrounds and career stages.

  • Connect

    Focus area: Cross functional, cross generational Enhances company culture and efficiency by breaking down silos and connecting Covestro employees of all experience levels through cross-functional and cross-generational collaboration, networking and learning opportunities.

  • FIT

    Focus area: Physical Activity, Nutrition, Wellbeing Promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors by offering programs centered on physical activity, nutrition and total wellbeing. This ERG collaborates with the company’s internal health and wellness program, “myTotal Wellbeing,” to encourage others to lead an active and nourishing lifestyle.

  • I3 STEM

    Focus area: Cross cultural youth science engagement Ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism.

  • Lo Latino

    Focus area: Latino Spearheads learning, living, celebrating and spreading the Latino culture to Covestro and the community.

  • SPARK

    Focus area: Early professionals (interns and trainees) Drives the Covestro culture to be more supportive, collaborative and sustainable to cultivate trainees and interns while also establishing a workplace that is attractive both internally and externally.

  • Toastmasters

    Focus area: Professional development/speaking Fosters the professional growth and development of Covestro employees of all backgrounds and career stages.

  • UNITE

    Focus area: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Fosters awareness and acceptance of all people, including colleagues who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and their allies. Watch a video, featuring the UNITE co-chairs and their perspectives on “living with authenticity” in the workplace.

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