Diversity & Inclusion
More than 15,000 employees from 119 nations contribute to the success of Sartorius.
We understand that the combination of diverse perspectives leads to a better understanding of our customers and to more innovative solutions. That is why incorporating diversity at all levels within the company is a strategic objective.
For this, we actively recruit talents with a mix of cultures, genders, age groups, educational backgrounds, and careers and foster their collaboration.
Read More About Our People and Their Stories
Marie Brandt, founder of the LGBT+Friends Alliance
By establishing the LGBT+Friends Alliance employee resource group, we've committed ourselves to promoting equality for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender queer and intersexual people. Sartorius supports the work of the Alliance to increase the sense of belonging and acceptance of employees and allies who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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.
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.
Febin Varghese, Automation Engineer
My international assignments have offered me mobility across geographical and cultural boundaries. I do face cultural differences. The best way to overcome these challenges is to be a "highly culture flexible" person. The social support and the support from the company and from both the host country and the home country helped me to easily adapt during the assignment period.
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.
Policies and Documents
Sartorius offers its employees all the benefits of a global corporation as well as the opportunity to make change happen and, together with a motivated team, to shape the future. Positivity in the workplace, flat of hierarchies, quick decision-making and open lines of communication form the basis of our collaboration. Our policy on labor practices and social standards are clearly defined based on a standardized approach.
Sartorius offers a broad range of continuing education courses consisting of management and communication training seminars, as well as technical training sessions, at all sites. Mandatory annual performance reviews between employees and their managers provide a forum for discussing performance, goals and individual development opportunities. We conduct all annual performance reviews worldwide using the same criteria. Sartorius fills management positions from within whenever possible.
Sartorius adheres to high safety standards to minimize job-related medical conditions, health risks, and potential industrial accidents. The basic principles on occupational safety and health protection are defined throughout Sartorius in its corporate policy on workplace safety and health. We incorporate guidance from the International Labor Organization (ILO) as well as national regulations and recommendations. We continually improve our job safety and work organization conditions. Planned, mandatory employee training on occupational health and safety as well as environmental protection ensure that our staff members recognize risks and avoid them accordingly.
With roughly 8,000 suppliers from more than 40 countries and a purchasing volume equivalent to more than 40% of turnover, Sartorius’ supply chain plays a significant role in the company’s sustainability transformation. For this reason, the Group expects suppliers and their suppliers to comply with sustainability standards and to promote sustainability.
Our fundamental sustainability requirements were laid out in our Code of Conduct for Business Partners, which was updated in 2022 and has been binding for new suppliers since 2019.
As of December 31, 2022, 441 suppliers had signed the updated 2022 Code of Conduct for Business Partners, accounting for 12% of Sartorius’ total purchasing volume. In addition, the company has received a total of 654 valid sustainability-related supplier self-assessments, accounting for 49% of Sartorius’ total purchasing volume. Furthermore, the company carried out 125 of its own quality-related supplier audits that included sustainability aspects.
Learn more about our approach and performance in our Non-Financial Statement and in the publication Sustainability in the Supply Chain.
Sartorius has entered a cooperate partnership with the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA). The non-profit-organization promotes women's business networks and career advancement in life sciences.