Inclusion is a core element of our culture and necessary to support our diverse, global workforce and business success.

Our approach

A diverse, respectful, and inclusive work environment is critical to unlocking the full potential of our global workforce, driving collaboration and innovation, and understanding the unique needs of our customers. Nouryon supports its inclusive culture through its Code of Business Conduct & Ethics, which employees review and acknowledge every year. We also require all employees to complete Respectful Workplace training. Furthermore, as I&D is based on the needs of our employees, many of our initiatives are employee led.

Our Inclusion & Diversity program is built on four pillars:

Governance | Attracting, retaining and developing talent | Business Resource Groups and initiatives | Community involvement

Key achievements:

  • 36% diversity represented on our Board of Directors in 2021
  • 24% of mid-level managers and above are female.
  • Four Business Resource Groups – Nouryon Women’s Network, Pride, Veterans, and Boost (for junior employees)
  • Established Global Mentoring Program.
  • Established Global I&D Network, with 50 representatives from 35 Nouryon locations, to localize and activate I&D initiatives.

I&D Progress

We believe a workforce that includes diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives is critical to our success and to anticipate and meet the needs of our global customers. In 2021, we continued to make progress.

In 2021, we established an extensive assessment process to ensure that we have accurate workforce demographic data. This will allow us to track our progress, recognize areas of improvement, identify areas of opportunity at all levels of our organization, and develop action plans. As a result, we are focusing on the following areas:

  • Greater representation of women and racially/ethnically diverse employees in middle management and senior leadership
  • Inclusive hiring and interviewing practices
  • Continuing to build a high-performing culture through inclusive leadership and I&D initiatives

We will also use this data to help review all aspects of our employee life cycle to ensure that our hiring, engagement, rewards, and promotion processes reflect the profile and needs of our diverse workforce. To hold ourselves accountable and assess diversity of all levels of our organization, we measure and track our progress through data collection and analysis.

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Business Resource Groups and initiatives

We have four company-wide, employee-led Business Resource Groups (BRGs), with over 800 members, that provide career development advice, mentorship, community service and global networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.

BRGs are open to all employees, whether they identify with the specific group or consider themselves allies. Our largest BRG, the Nouryon Women Network, has more than 400 active members. Employee initiatives are organized around certain dates or events (e.g., International Women’s day, Pride, etc.). Our current BRGs include:

  • Nouryon Women’s Network
  • Nouryon Veterans Network (US)
  • Nouryon Pride Network (for LGBTQ+ employees and allies)
  • BOOST (young professionals and those new to Nouryon). 

We develop our diverse workforce through trainings, events offered by our BRGs and mentorship programs facilitated by Nouryon Women and Nouryon Veterans groups. Currently, over 200 employees participate as either mentors or mentees.  With the establishment of a dedicated I&D function, we expect
additional BRGs to be created in the coming year.

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Governance and strategy

Inclusion & Diversity at Nouryon is both a bottom-up and top-down program. We are all responsible for maintaining our inclusive work environment and many of our initiatives and ideas originate with our employees. At the executive level, I&D is led by Samantha Dreilinger, our Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity. She works with our senior executives on our I&D initiatives.

The activation and localization of Nouryon’s I&D program is implemented by our global I&D Network, which was created in 2021 and consists of 50 representatives from businesses and functions from 35 Nouryon locations around the world. Our I&D Network representatives also act as local liaisons
for employee ideas, suggestions, and concerns. In addition, they take an active role in promoting the Business Resource Groups (BRGs) operating at Nouryon.

Resources

CSR - A fundamental element of our ‘Commitment and contribution to a Sustainable Future

Learn more about how we engage with our people, communities and society to drive progress together in line with our active participation in the United Nations Global Compact.

Our framework