2010 Tech Awards Laureates with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, the recipient of this year’s Global Humanitarian Award.
The Tech Awards represent the single longest-standing forum for recognition of organizations that are actively creating a sustainable future building process. The quality of Laureates has consistently recognized role models who out shine the rigid, prescriptive formulas of conventional aid. Winners have in common a process that draws from an ever-expanding reference collection of preferred and likely ingredients which are blended together to meet local needs with locally empowered people. These results can be emulated and evolve on a global scale.
During Saturday night’s presentation of the Tech Awards in Santa Clara, California, I experienced a range of emotions as innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity were honored for their accomplishments.
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.
The idea of using technology to benefit humanity brings to mind awe-inspiring, life-changing innovations of significant scale and impact, such as medical breakthroughs, advances in communications and high speed transportation.
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.
Recently philanthropy made headline news when Bill Gates and Warren Buffett challenged the world’s top 40 billionaires to join them in donating at least 50% of their wealth to philanthropy at some point in their lifetime. Published reports show many people are accepting this challenge.
However, there still remains a critical role for all companies, private foundations and individuals to help improve the lives of others. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton recognized an opportunity five years ago to enhance philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) program, where he assembles the world’s leaders annually to focus their philanthropy and help answer the burning question of how can we better address the challenges facing our world? Simply put, through stronger global partnerships we can be more effective in improving people’s lives.
In this month's issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine, Mary Humiston, Group Vice President, Global Human Resources (HR), is profiled as one of the publication's annual "Women Worth Watching" in the coming year for her critical role in an organizational transformation that requires Applied Materials to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. By driving key initiatives including manager excellence, leadership development, and employee engagement, Mary and her team are re-inventing the way Applied Materials enables its workforce, while reinforcing HR’s role as a critical business partner to the company’s continued success.
It’s an exciting opportunity when a volunteer project can make a positive impact on the environment, help to alleviate hunger and support educational programs – all at the same time. That’s just what volunteers from Applied Materials were able to do during a recent activity at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, California.
Recently the Global 1000 listing of Sustainable Performance Leaders was released by CRD Analytics and the nonprofit JustMeans. Applied was ranked #64 on a relatively new screen called the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders. CRD Analytics uses a fairly rigorous statistical approach with 200 metrics to rate the top 1000 companies globally (i.e. market cap of $1 billion or more). The screen is used by a number of other indices and funds, most notably some of the NASDAQ indices such as the Global Sustainability Index 50.