At Bio-Rad, we believe that great ideas can come from anyone, at any time. And we believe that we are stronger, more innovative, and more successful by developing and promoting diversity within our workplace. Our goal is to create a Bio-Rad where everyone can feel a strong sense of commitment and belonging.
In 2020, we surveyed our employees for their thoughts on how to best enhance our diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy. The results clearly communicated that our employees feel proud to work at Bio-Rad, and that our organization is highly respected and recognized in the communities in which we do business. The results also encouraged us to articulate our D&I mission and hire a dedicated team to oversee our diversity and inclusion program. We are excited about the journey we are on and we are looking for others to join us as we focus on the following four pillars.
With support from every level of our organization, employees at Bio-Rad are encouraged to join in our collective efforts around diversity and inclusion. Through our D&I Task Force and specialized Employee Resource Groups, employees partner together to help develop and implement various programs, promote new talent, and collaborate on events that highlight diversity and inclusion.
We are passionate about advancing inclusive research in our industry, and we are committed to supporting diverse and under-represented groups in our local communities. In 2021, we built upon our longstanding Bio-Rad Scholarship Program and awarded an additional six scholarships to students from multicultural backgrounds in Northern California.
As we learn from past success, Bio-Rad is establishing new development and educational programs that advance the professional growth of women and employees from diverse backgrounds. We provide opportunities to diverse and under-represented employees through mentor/mentee partnerships, as well as through learning programs that increase the capability of our organization.
Our most important goal continues to be building a stronger organization through a more diverse and inclusive work culture. To this end, we are always looking for different voices and new faces, and our recruitment process is heavily committed to sourcing diverse talent and eliminating biases in the candidacy process. In early 2021, we hired a new Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Frenchelle Franklin, to lead our efforts in this area. Welcome, Frenchelle!
--Norman Schwartz, Bio-Rad President and CEO
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