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Diversity and Inclusion

As a global organization, we are committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusivity in which our employees feel encouraged and empowered. Central to that commitment is the SCHOTT Best Teams program, which defines and monitors key diversity and inclusion targets created to empower and encourage all of our employees.

Our approach

Best Teams program

SCHOTT is a global organization serving diverse businesses and industries around the world. We celebrate diversity and inclusion on a global scale with more than 16,000 employees in 34 countries. As such we believe in the value and success of an equally diverse workforce, closely collaborating to generate the best ideas and the best solutions. We therefore embrace all differences among people, cultures, opinions, and perspectives. Our priority is to attract, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best diverse talent with deep technical and commercial knowledge.

Our Best Teams program establishes a dedicated leadership culture, as well as processes designed to create supporting team structures and inclusive corporate communication. We are determined to involve our employees as much as possible in different ways across the globe. Worldwide we offer exchange programs and opportunities for our employees and their children, foreign language and intercultural training to encourage mutual respect and understanding, organized global virtual networking events, and leadership training on the importance of unconscious bias, diversity and the value of inclusion. As a result, we have created an environment in which every employee can fulfill their full potential.

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 Jessica Lee Yiing Shian, Head of Process Engineering and Development, SCHOTT Malaysia
Jessica Lee Yiing Shian, Head of Process Engineering and Development, Malaysia
Our experience shows that highly intercultural and interdisciplinary teams create outstanding success stories at SCHOTT. Take, for example, the foldable glass project team, in which members from China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, all with very different fields of expertise, worked closely together to produce a truly extraordinary outcome.

Our guiding targets

To ensure and monitor our success we follow several guiding targets and indicators along the way:

Measurable indicators

The ability to transparently track and document our progress is very important to us, so we have determined several measurable indicators. To foster diversity in our leadership teams we set measurable targets, some examples include internationality and gender goals for our senior management levels. We also monitor the commitment and satisfaction of our employees with a quarterly pulse check.

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Diverse teams ensure a welcoming work environment and a high standard in quality as they reflect the markets and customers they collaborate with. So we have set targets to diversify the number of nationalities at the highest levels of management.

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Gender mix

We believe that mixed leadership teams are a key driver of success and lead to higher motivation and better results. Therefore, we have defined targets to increase the number of females at the highest levels of management.

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