Diversity at Sartorius

Acknowledging Individual Differences and Embracing the Kaleidoscope of Our Multi-Cultural World

"At Sartorius, diversity is not about statistics. It’s about culture. We foster diversity because it ultimately teaches us to be more open. And we consider openness as a key prerequisite for success."

Joachim Kreuzburg, CEO

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Diversity is more than creating equal opportunities for men and women. It is about acknowledging individual differences and embracing the kaleidoscope of our multi-cultural world. Beyond gender, diversity also includes age, ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation as well as education, professional experience, marital status, parenthood and geographic locations. It is Sartorius’ basic attitude to be open to diversity.

Incorporating diversity at all levels within our organization is a strategic objective. We actively recruit and hire talent with a mix of cultures, genders, age groups, educational backgrounds and careers, especially in management positions. The benefits of diverse perspectives and experiences results in better understanding our customers, developing customized solutions and remaining competitive in a global economy.

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Jessica Cruz, Manager of Engineering Single Use Technology

In my career, I was always the only woman or person of color in the room that was an engineer. At Sartorius, I am surrounded by a very diverse group of engineers and we all support each other. That kind of forward-thinking is a great step to promote representation in the STEM field.

Luis Lora, Head of Operations Yauco

Puerto Ricans at Sartorius are part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic and we continue to grow our operations in Puerto Rico: We have almost 1,400 employees right now. At the beginning of year 2021, we were about 800 and we will finish the year with about 1,500 people. This provides opportunities for everyone.

Dineen Sigona, Perfomance Management Specialist

Diversity and Inclusion is personal to me. I'm gay and I have an adopted son, who is also gay and Hispanic. We have been subjected to a lot of negative situations and he has been discriminated against for both reasons. It's especially important in these challenging times that we ensure we are fostering a work environment where everyone feels welcome, equal and valued. It's vital to embrace each others differences.

Joe Brendle, Product Specialist Freeze & Thaw

It's important to understand intrinsic bias. We all have our biases and there are some we don't even realize we have, but when we evaluate our own behavior it can lead to better self-awareness. Through my church, I've done some work and reflection in the area of social justice. I'm glad Sartorius is actively working on establishing D&I in the workplace more and more.

Aubrey Pratt, Principal Embedded Software Engineer

For anyone seeking to understand or be an ally, self-directed education can go a long way in helping colleagues in the LGBT+ community feel supported and respected. The emotional labor of creating a more accepting workplace should not fall to LGBT+ colleagues. We must all do the work. I’m an out trans person in an office that is predominantly cisgender and heterosexual and if everyone had just one question and they directed all those questions to me; it would be overwhelming. I love answering questions, but I encourage people to do their own research as well.

Mary Lavin, President, North America

Regarding diversity in the workplace and beyond awareness is the first step to meaningful change. We're all born, and we grow, and we come with our own ideas, feelings, and experiences. It's important to make sure everybody is aware of unconscious bias and how it can influence a person's decision making.

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