As Company Ombudsman, I’m proud to announce that Applied Materials has been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list for the second year in a row. This award recognizes our global employees’ commitment to the highest ethical standards. Each of our more than 14,000 employees around the world should take pride in being part of a company that has modeled its core values on ethics and integrity since its founding over 45 years ago.
In honor of International World Water Day and with the ever-present backdrop of water as a precious, dwindling resource, I couldn’t help but reflect on the innovative technology which has enabled water managers across the world to gain greater insights on regional water resources and distribution. It is encouraging to hear that today’s technology has resulted in more sophisticated and more powerful tools that are improving water distribution, and therefore the way we live.
As Ombudsman, it gives me great pleasure to share an award that has been hard-earned by each and every member of our workforce at Applied Materials. Today, the Company has been named to Ethisphere’s 2012 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere is a research-based business ethics institute and recognizes companies that go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translating those words into action. This is the first year Applied has participated in the application process.
Applied Materials has been a supporter of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley since 1996 and is once again proud to sponsor a team of corps members. To enrich that partnership, corps members made their annual visit to Applied Materials' Santa Clara, California headquarters today. During the half-day visit, the members will tour the Maydan Technology Center, a manufacturing area of the company’s Display business, and enjoy lunch with a group of employees to share experiences and network.
At the core of Applied Materials’ corporate responsibility commitment is a focus on improving the way people live and helping to create a bright future in the communities in which we operate. After spending time at the November 'Teach For All' investors conference in London, it is clear that Teach For All together with their local organizations in Israel, United Kingdom (UK), and Germany share the Company’s belief that education is key to improving the way people live.
Last week I had the pleasure of accepting on behalf of Applied Materials the 2010 Corporate DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council. The recognition was for Applied Materials’ commitment to diversity awareness and inclusion.
At Applied Materials we know that our industry’s success is dependent upon relentless innovation. This is the same for many new economy industries. Current job trends show that our next generation, must be able to think differently— to assimilate information, reframe it and create beyond the boundaries.
NEWSWEEK has published its second “Green Ranking” of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. and Applied Materials is in the #8 spot. Last year we were thrilled to find ourselves at #9 in the inaugural list.
To close out Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought I’d blog about the recent Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival held in San Jose, California. Honoring Latino culture and commemorating the centennial of Mexico's Revolution – the festival featured an impressive list of social and artistic revolutionaries with a long history of working to improve the way people live.
Applied Materials employees around the world are marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with an impressive selection of environmental projects to improve our planet. At Applied, Global citizenship isn’t just viewed as a one-time a year event and so during the month of April we celebrate the environment and our community with our “Earthworks” program.