Siemens USA: Our mission for diversity, equity and inclusion
Siemens promotes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at all levels, from entry level to management, as well as through our employee training, cultural activities and events, and community outreach. We recognize and respect differences and similarities, which not only strengthen our U.S.-based companies but also puts us at a competitive advantage.
We are committed to DEI in our existing business goals and processes, from how we work with suppliers and how we hire talent to how we build teams for projects and how we interact with our customers.
At Siemens, where we have a team of 40,000, diversity extends beyond inherent attributes such as gender, age or ethnicity. It also mirrors who we are through acquired attributes such as education, socioeconomic background, nationality, job experience, religion, etc. As an inclusive business, we strive to empower employees to always be their authentic selves at work.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) becomes a lens for looking at, identifying, developing and advancing the business. Focused efforts will yield greater business results.Nichelle Grant, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Siemens USA
Our part in the continuing fight for racial justice and equity
The national groundswell for racial justice that began several months ago continues today. Siemens USA is an ally in the fight toward racial justice—we stand up against injustice and inequality, recognizing that when they are problems for one, they’re problems for us all. Learn more below about how Siemens USA champions racial justice and how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) speaks directly to our company values of responsibility, excellence and innovation.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): A Siemens business imperative
While Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) continue to support strong internal social networks, today they’re also helping to transform our business by bolstering a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that makes us both more innovative and competitive.
Our nine ERGs—involving more than 10,000 of our Siemens USA employees:
Diversity partnerships in the marketplace and academia
Siemens USA is committed giving businesses owned by minorities, women, the disadvantaged, the disabled, veterans and other diverse suppliers maximum opportunity to participate in our competitive contracting and procurement processes. In fact, more than 6,000 of our suppliers, roughly a quarter of our entire supplier base, represent small and diverse-owned businesses. Supplier diversity contributes to excellence in our supply chain, leading to growth for Siemens and our suppliers in the marketplace, as well as helping to create social impacts on the changing demographic landscape of the United States—one reason why we developed our small-business and supplier-diversity program.
We’re also working with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to recruit and hire diverse candidates, so that we can forge the talent pipelines that will connect graduates to opportunities at Siemens. HBCUs have a long history of developing STEM talent, from engineers to software experts and technicians—all positions that are in great demand at Siemens. So, as students experience the powerful exhibits of social change and learn about Siemens technology, we hope they also envision themselves as future members of our team. Technology can, indeed, be used to help promote diversity, inclusion, and equity.
In early 2021, Siemens plans to award $140,000 in grants to African American businesses in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Orlando and Pasadena. Grants in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded. These grants are intended to help Black-owned companies develop their businesses so they can compete for our contracts and become part of our supplier base.
Recent accolades: Siemens USA is recognized for its innovation and culture
We feel rewarded when we see our work and mission recognized by others, as occurred multiple times across 2021. These numerous global and national recognitions speak to our workplace culture and commitment to diversity.