TI's inclusive environment allows a global workforce of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to feel no artificial barriers to their success or contributions.
Our diversity and inclusion journey began about 25 years ago when we recognized that a diverse, empowered workforce would help us achieve a sustained competitive business advantage through variations in experiences, work styles, thoughts and ideas. These inclusive values, initiatives, leader commitment and our equal employment opportunity policy continue to be the foundation of our diverse and inclusive workforce today.
Our inclusion strategy includes the following elements:
With leadership commitment, mentoring and accountability, inclusion is standard among all of our human resources processes – from recruitment, training and development, succession planning, and compensation to marketing, procurement and community affairs. Senior leaders promote diversity and inclusiveness throughout our workforce and expect employees to do the same.
In addition to fostering open dialogue, we encourage employees to take advantage of a broad portfolio of activities and resources to increase awareness and capability to help create an inclusive environment. This includes the TIDN, an internal diversity and inclusion site, workshops, conferences, articles as well as other resources.
Our diversity and inclusion director makes it her job to listen, learn, expose issues and inform TI employees. She keeps up with real issues by doing "listening rounds" and engages employees through an internal blog, which openly addresses issues such as gender and racial differences, religion in the workplace, organizational dynamics, workplace bullying and more.
Additionally, senior company leaders participate in periodic leadership development sessions to learn important lessons on diversity that they, in turn, can share with the organizations they represent. Customized for specific business units, the sessions focus on building trust and collaboration, as well as fostering open communication.
We support and drive various initiatives that contribute to a collaborative and inclusive work environment, including TI’s Diversity Network, Insight groups, supplier diversity and conscientious recruitment and retention.
The TIDN is one example of how TI’s appreciation for diversity is firmly rooted in our culture. The network brings together dozens of grassroots, employee-led diversity initiatives with a mission to champion the full participation of people at all levels. Beginning in 1989 with two initiatives, the diversity network has grown to span the globe and includes dozens of distinct initiatives made up of employees from various ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, employees with disabilities, and U.S. military veterans and their families. Every initiative is open to all TI employees.
These initiatives offer forums to share ideas, discuss challenges and develop educational programs, as well as provide career development, community involvement, recognition and mentoring support. Companywide, the initiatives help with various engagement recruiting activities, such as campus recruiting and the annual “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” They help grow TI's business by translating product information into various languages, explaining cultural differences in doing business and assisting with related professional development. In some business units, dedicated diversity teams collaborate with managers on specific challenges and opportunities.
TI Insights groups comprise highly regarded employees who are women and/or of African-American and Hispanic descent. Their purpose is to provide valuable insight about their respective experiences at the company, and to make recommendations on how to advance inclusion and progress.
Our Women's Insights group, for example, has given us a better understanding of concerns specific to women, including how they seek career opportunities and make life choices differently than men. The group has also helped the company rethink the positioning of certain roles to avoid causing women to opt out.
The groups also focus on core business issues, which help bring diverse voices and perspectives to our business direction and strategy.
We provide procurement opportunities to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). We are a recognized leader in developing and fostering businesses owned by minorities and women.
Our objective in MWBE development is to enable such suppliers to qualify and successfully compete for our business. This facilitates growth and creates jobs, thereby strengthening the economy of the communities in which we operate, while we benefit from the high-quality products and services that we procure.
In the U.S., we have a diversity-focused recruiting organization and engage in several targeted diversity events to attract and retain traditionally underrepresented women and minority candidates. Outside the U.S., recruitment programs are unique by country and region based on local needs.
We recognize that it is people, with their inherent differences, that make a company innovative. At TI, we believe that when our individual differences are allowed to impact our collective decisions, we get stronger ideas and more competitive results. So we strive for an inclusive environment, one where all employees treat each other with respect, dignity and fairness, and where everyone knows they have the opportunity to play an important role.
Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our global Equal Employment Opportunity policy, which reads: TI’s commitment to equal employment opportunity extends to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, transfers, compensation, discipline, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment. TI’s affirmative action efforts – extending to women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans – are an important part of this commitment. Employment decisions at TI will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, disability, genetic information, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, protected medical condition, pregnancy, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law (collectively, “protected characteristics”).
We expect the highest levels of performance and integrity from ourselves and each other. We work to create an environment where people are valued as individuals and team members and treated with respect, dignity and fairness. We strive to create opportunities for employees to develop and reach their full potential and to achieve their professional and personal goals.
An inclusive environment recognizes the requirements of the business; respects the individual; and values the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Each of us must work toward the establishment of an inclusive environment throughout TI.
We can do this by recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting qualified people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Employees at all levels must have the opportunity to participate in TI's businesses to the extent of their ability. To maintain this inclusive culture, our processes for recruitment, development, retention and promotion must be appropriate for a diverse and inclusive workforce.
A diverse and inclusive workforce in one country may be very different from another. All regions and businesses must understand their unique needs and develop appropriate strategies to create an inclusive work environment. In addition, each of us must continually communicate our desire for a diverse and inclusive workforce and show by our actions that we truly value diversity.
Our goal is to promote an environment at TI where every person can thrive. We want our employees – no matter their backgrounds, work styles, ideas or differences – to feel empowered to be who they are and to do their best work.