The turbulence of 2020 challenged us all and inspired those of us at our organization to listen intently to one another and share solutions that can lead to a stronger society—and a stronger, more resilient Chemours—for all.
Our 2020 Empowered Employees Highlights
- Formed the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Council to upgrade I&D strategy and define key milestones.
- Evolved our safety standard to include psychological health, COVID-19 safety, and freedom from bias.
- Expanded participation in the Great Places to Work program, achieving certification in Mexico (for the third straight year) and Spain (in its first year participating in the survey).
A Better and More Diverse Talent Pool
The future of Chemours depends on a talented workforce that is representative of the diversity of the communities in which we operate. That combination of excellence and diversity is essential to continuing our strong track record of uncovering and delivering the innovative solutions society needs, which is why we’re investing further in our communities through programs that help develop the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers. We are also committed to gender parity, and we set an interim goal for 2021 to show 1.5% improvement in every business area.
Our employee resource groups (ERGs) are integral to fostering inclusion and advancing these commitments, and we are proud that 19% of our workforce participates in them. These groups provide a place for employees to share experiences and help Chemours progress toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
As the world grappled anew with social unrest, these ERGs were essential to Chemours’ response. While we have always strived to improve inclusion, diversity, and equity (ID&E) throughout our company, this year showed us that we must do more. By hosting frank conversations and learning sessions, our ERGs helped Chemours become more aware of our shared history while creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Here are some of the contributions they made:
- The Chemours Black Employee Network (CBEN) teamed up with diversity experts to host a series of powerful and eye-opening listening, learning, and reflecting sessions with employees and leadership. These sessions made it plain that Chemours must champion change and embrace diversity more deeply, and served as a catalyst for our actions to evolve our safety standard in 2020.
- While wearing a mask seems straightforward, it has negative associations for certain groups. The Chemours Asian Group (CAG) hosted a virtual education session to help people understand the complex history of facial coverings in Asia. They also educated our employees on the rise in Asian discrimination in the US during the coronavirus crisis.
- The Chemours Pride Network put on a virtual event where attendees shared their stories and discussed what it meant to be an ally. The session also laid out a history of the fight for LGBTQA+ rights.
- Our Chemours Latin America Resource Organization (CLARO) focused its attention on children in the Wilmington area during the 2020 holiday season. Members partnered with the United Way of Delaware and donated gifts that went to over 130 children in need.