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Agilent in Citizenship

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 challenging circumstances.

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 values—including trust, respect and teamwork—drive 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 Council—the 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 events—known collectively as Agilent Action—tangibly 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.

Thousands 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. 46 on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" in January 2001. Agilent was named to other prestigious "best lists" in 2001, including "Best Employers in Asia," "Best Places to Work in France's High-tech Sector," "50 Best Companies to Work for in the UK," and "Best Places to Work in Silicon Valley." Employee responses to surveys from list 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 at http://www.agilent.com/go/sustainability.

 

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