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Happy International Women’s Day to all AMDers! This is a day to celebrate the achievements of women globally and an opportunity in our local communities to drive for inclusion for everyone.

 

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Be Bold for Change.” I like the sound of that, because it requires us to think critically about how we can personally take steps to affect positive change. It’s the many little steps taken together that create big shifts in culture.

 

We know that we are stronger, bolder, and more innovative when a diverse mix of people with varied experiences work together to build great products. Having diversity of perspectives is only half the job – we must continue working to create a culture where everyone is empowered to speak up and be themselves every day. This means actively championing parity in the quality and quantity of career opportunities and development, and cultivating the next generation of company leaders, regardless of their gender or gender identity, nation of origin, race, age, or beliefs.

 

In the spirit of being bold for change, I’m committed to not only helping build great products, but I will build great relationships.  I will consider Friday an internal-email-free day. You should try it: If you receive an email from a colleague on a Friday, consider phoning them back or stopping by their cube if you’re in the same office and connect ‘in person’ instead of replying electronically. Get to know your colleagues better, have some real-time engagement and be more inclusive.  I will also not only think and hope, I will just do! This means: for the next few weeks, rather than thinking or hoping, just do. Catch yourself when you write or speak "I think we should..." or "I hope we can..."? and start over by removing "think" or "hope". You will immediately sound, and most importantly feel, more confident. A more confident workplace drives greater creativity, an openness to change and focus.

 

What action will you take to be bold for change this year in support of inclusion and equality?

 

 

 

Ruth Cotter, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

Our founder Jerry Sanders famously said, “People first, products and profit will follow.” This still rings true 47 years later at AMD – where our 8400+ employees around the world are our most valuable resource and are the source of our continued innovation. We know that our success depends on the investment we make in our people and we believe that we are at our best when all of our employees are engaged and empowered to bring their unique talent, perspective, and passion to work every day.

 

As a technology company, we know that true innovation demands world-class creativity that is only possible by hiring the best and brightest, regardless of their differences, and fostering an environment that includes and accepts everyone.

 

Today we are proud to announce that AMD has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), making it a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.” The CEI is a benchmarking tool that measures workplace policies and protections for LGBT employees.

 

This accomplishment is a reflection of our commitment to creating an inclusive work environment and improving our policies, programs, and benefits to better fit the needs of our diverse workforce. We are continually seeking new ways to ensure that all employees know that they are highly valued and that there is a place for everyone at AMD. The work we have done to encourage diversity and inclusion in our workplace leading up to and throughout this year has received recognition from the Texas Diversity Council and the Diversity Journal’s Diversity Leader Award, culminating now in this achievement of scoring a perfect 100 on the CEI.

 

You might be wondering how we earned this score…here are a few examples:

  • Our employee resource group program encourages employees with mutual interests to connect with each other. These groups, which range from our Pride LGBT and Allies group to the AMD Women’s Forum, have become a great opportunity for involvement for many employees and have been instrumental in helping shape our workplace.
  • Health benefits are another key focus for us. We have long offered comprehensive health coverage for all employees, including full benefits for domestic partners, and inclusive mental health resources. In 2017, we are introducing a new slate of medical benefits for transgender employees, including coverage for gender reassignment surgery for employees and their dependents.
  • AMD is also involved in public initiatives that align with our core values, like the Business Coalition for Equality, which supports the Equality Act, and Texas Competes, a group of Texas-based businesses working toward equality and inclusion. We believe it is important to publically support such efforts to affect change in society.

 

The diversity of our employees and their experiences and perspectives are essential to everything that we do at AMD. And, while we have made progress toward creating a workplace that is open and inclusive, we know that there is always more work to do.

 

At a time when unity is more vital than ever, AMD remains committed to bringing people with different backgrounds and ways of thinking together to build life-changing technology. We believe it is crucial to our success as a company, as an employer, and as a corporate citizen.

 

 

Ruth Cotter, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.