In a year marked by a severe and prolonged
economic downturn, Agilent continued to initiate and
extend leading practices as a global corporate citizen.
This attention to our economic, social and environmental
impact is consistent with building a long-term,
sustainable business even in the face of the most
Both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
and the FTSE4Good (Financial Times Stock Exchange) U.S. 100 Index
included Agilent for the first time in 2001. These stock market
indices identify well-managed companies with strong environmental
and socially responsible programs. Agilent's listing underscores
the fact that we are responding effectively to rising stakeholder
expectations regarding our citizenship-related performance.
Agilent's strong corporate valuesincluding
trust, respect and teamworkdrive the way we treat our employees,
customers, partners and the communities in which we do business.
Our supplier diversity program, which focuses on minority-, women-
and disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises, is a good example.
In 2001 Agilent received two U.S. Corporation of the Year awards
from affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development
Councilthe Northern California Supplier Development Council and
the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council. This recognition
highlights Agilent's initial successes in supplier diversity.
Managing for Environmental Sustainability
In 2001 Agilent took its first step toward
company-wide ISO 14001 registration, recognized
worldwide as a demonstration of a company's
effectiveness in environmental management. Agilent
registered, under a single certificate, its company-wide
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management
System, along with systems at the San Francisco Bay
Area Semiconductor Products Group and the Ipswich,
England Components Operation. The South Queensferry,
Scotland site and portions of the Boeblingen, Germany
site have been registered independently and will be
converted to the single company-wide certificate in
2002. Agilent has committed to complete worldwide
registration by December 2003. The certification
process includes a comprehensive audit by a third
party (Bureau Veritas Quality International) and
employee interviews regarding Agilent's environmental
policies and practices.
Reaching Out to Our Communities
Agilent's global community relations programs,
activities and eventsknown collectively as Agilent Actiontangibly
demonstrate the company's values and its commitment to corporate
citizenship. These programs focus on education and healthy communities.
In 2001 Agilent launched its Agilent AfterSchool hands-on science
program around the world. Five hundred Agilent employee volunteers
worked with 28,000 children worldwide through Agilent AfterSchool.
of students around the world are staying after school and enjoying
it more, thanks to the global Agilent AfterSchool program. Agilent
supplies hands-on science kits so that students can learn about
basic scientific principles. Students from Andrew Hill High
School's Biotechnology Academy and Sylvandale Middle School,
both in San Jose, California, visited Agilent headquarters this
year to explore the science kits with teacher sponsors and Agilent
employee and retiree mentors. Agilent donated $30,000 to the
Andrew Hill Biotechnology Academy in 2001, one of the few programs
in the U.S. dedicated to promoting careers in biotechnology.
In other community outreach efforts, Agilent
responded immediately to the tragic events of September
11. In addition to the local efforts of many of
our employees, the company established a Disaster
Relief Employee Matching Program, donating more
than $600,000 to the American Red Cross and the
United Way September 11th Fund.
Agilent also gave $5.3 million in equipment to
25 universities in seven countries. In addition, the
company funds Ph.D. fellowships for top technical
students around the world.
Building a Culture that Values All Employees
"Diversity and inclusion are key imperatives
that influence all aspects of our business," said Ned
Barnholt, Agilent president and CEO, in launching
the company's Diversity Made Real program with
employees in early 2001. The goal of this global
initiative is to make diversity and inclusion an even
more integral part of Agilent's culture, business and
management practices worldwide.
Agilent joined the ranks of elite employers by placing No.
on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies
for in America" in January 2001. Agilent was named to other
prestigious "best lists" in 2001, including "Best
in Asia," "Best Places to Work in France's High-tech
"50 Best Companies to Work for in the UK," and "Best
Work in Silicon Valley." Employee responses to surveys
sponsors play a key role in Agilent's ranking.
In addition to introducing Diversity Made Real,
Agilent underscored its commitment to valuing all
employees by hosting the first Agilent Women's
Conference in 2001. The conference drew 1,500 Agilent
women (and a few men) from around the world to hear
Agilent business leaders and notable guest speakers
such as poet and author Maya Angelou. The conference
provided an opportunity for building leadership
through personal and professional development,
networking and sharing.
Finding More About Agilent's Citizenship Programs
Agilent has just released its second annual
Environment and Social Responsibility Report. The
report details how we fulfill our corporate citizenship
objective, which is "to be an economic, intellectual
and social asset to each nation and community in
which we operate." You can view the just published
Environment and Social Responsibility Report 2001