2016 Promega Corporate Responsibility Report

Corporate Responsibility

2015 Promega Corporate Responsibility Report

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People Care

At Promega, we believe that work should be more than simply a job; it should be a path for employees to grow and find personal fulfillment. When individual strengths, interests and company vision are aligned, a synergetic relationship can be nurtured between employees and employer. Each work with and support one another.

We take pride in how our work helps to improve the lives of others, which would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our employees. We value the contributions employees make and invest heavily in supporting their well-being and growth.

Our 19 worldwide locations embrace the relationship between employee and company by providing support in ways that meet individual needs in each region. Employees are given flexibility in how they work and can thrive in an environment where individual differences are respected. We support the passion and creativity employees bring to their work, personal interests and their community involvement. Promega aims to be a healthy place to our people, our business and our shared cultural spaces.

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“Deeply imbedded in the Promega culture is a simple guiding principle to do the right thing to achieve long term results versus short term gains. People at Promega are passionate about their work and focused on building deep meaningful relationships.” Darbie Miller, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Promega Corporation

Promega Culture

A corporation's values will guide its culture, so those principles must be clearly articulated and actualized to provide context for exceptional decision-making. The psychology of the organization—the "cultural DNA"—provides a critical foundation through which company principles and operations are shaped. For Promega, these principles include:

  1. The organization supports the personal aspirations of employees and others who work with us in meeting our goals.
  2. Underlying structures reinforce the primary goal of personal development, including:
    1. Organizational reporting and decision-making
    2. Physical work environments, including design, lighting, communication systems and access to information
    3. Priority for the things people need to do their best work
    4. A financial structure that supports the primary organizational goals and values for personal development. Economic metrics give us guidance on sustainable business practices, but are not the only drivers for business decisions
    5. Selection and support of employees entering the organization that reflect our values
  3. The nature of the work is based on the premise that life science research and related discoveries have been and will continue to be important to society and human development. Our contribution to this field is to design and supply products, systems and services that simplify this research and give more reliable and accurate results.
Promega Culture

Employee feedback has indicated that their greatest satisfaction comes from the people they work with and the nature of the work they are doing. The organizational core principles support the central role of purpose in employees' satisfaction.

Work Environment

To inspire and support our employees, we create unique workspaces with features such as original and rotating art exhibits—including art created by employees themselves, third spaces to evolve thinking, ample natural lighting, space to exercise and meditate, and local healthy dining options. Employees also work in a nonhierarchical space to foster collaboration and teamwork. We strive to bring the outdoors into our buildings to encourage an appreciation of natural beauty. This was accomplished in the Feynman Center in Madison, USA, by incorporating native plants and materials from the surrounding prairie, and a winter garden with thousands of plants inhabiting a living wall, adding life and warmth to the building. Locations globally use natural lighting, local resources and art to provide unique and comfortable work environments at all of our branches. We continue to invest in providing an environment with an attention to detail that is inspiring, flexible and aligned with the needs of employees.

Employee Health and Wellness

The Promega Environmental Health and Safety programs are committed to establishing, maintaining and continuously improving our working environment for the safety and wellbeing of all employees and the communities in which we operate. Wellbeing extends beyond physical health. Our hope is for our employees to experience the richness of life with work, family and personal growth. We offer comprehensive benefits programs at all global locations based on country norms.

Promoting Healthy and Active Lifestyles

Promega strives to create a culture of wellness by supporting events and offering programs for a healthy and engaged workforce. Mental and physical wellness are equally important, with facilities provided for yoga, exercise, meditation and other activities to meet individual needs at many locations.

  • "Together; Sustainable; Successful" Challenge

    Promega Euro Hub in Mannheim, Germany challenged their team and the European branches to live the mantra "Together; Sustainable; Successful" by biking, walking or running to work in September 2015. Employees from Germany, Italy, France, Benelux and Sweden traveled over 4,000 km and donated €2,000 to local charity.

  • Korea Electric Love Marathon

    Employees from Promega Korea and Promega Biosystems Korea participated in the 12th Annual Electric Love 10K. The event commemorates the date Korea used electricity for the first time and promotes energy conservation as a means to protect our planet. This is one of the largest sustainable events in Korea, with over 12,000 participants.

    Electric Love Marathon
  • Annual Promega 5K Fun Walk/Run

    Each fall, Promega Madison sponsors a fun walk/run for employees and their families. In addition to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, food and monetary donations are provided to The Second Harvest Food Pantry.

    Promega 5k Fun Walk/Run
  • Pink Parade in Milan

    Promega Italia participated in "Pink Parade"—a non-competitive 5K hosted in Milan in October 2015. This event raises funds for Pink is Good, a project by Fondazione Umberto Veronesi to support breast cancer research.

  • Race of the Companies

    Promega Biotech Ibérica participated in several races including Race of Companies: Carrera de las Empresas, Race for Science: XXXV Carrera de la Ciencia, and Race for Women: Carrera de la mujer, which support philanthropic causes and raise funds to fight cancer.

    Race of the Companies
  • Supporting Employee Teams

    Promega supports employee sports teams and running/walking teams globally. At our Madison campus, 27 individuals participated in events that supported charitable causes in 2015.

  • Bike-to-Work

    Promega supports employee Bike-to-Work groups worldwide, from Wisconsin to the United Kingdom. Bike racks and repair kits are available at every building in Madison and at several branch locations. Additionally, Promega offers bicycle commuter benefits, which includes $20 per month tax free for cycling related expenses in the United States.

  • Eating Well and Living Well

    By serving fresh and local produce from our on-site community garden in Madison, Wisconsin, we promote a culture of wellness. With over 3,000 pounds of vegetables harvested annually from our garden and produce from a network of over three dozen local farms, we are able to serve healthy, organic menus across our campus year-round. Promega offers plots in the community garden for employees to use as their own, and provides starter plants to help promote the sharing of gardening skills.

    Promega garden
  • Wellness Center

    Promega Madison, Wisconsin is host to an on-site Wellness Center staffed by a nurse practitioner and integrative physician that offers convenient care services and wellness consultations to Promega employees, spouses, and partners. In 2015, the Wellness Center received over 2,300 patient visits and administered 461 flu vaccines in Madison, Wisconsin and at our offices in Sunnyvale and San Luis Obispo, California. Over 700 employees completed Health Risk Assessments offered in 2015 to better understand their body and current health status. Additionally, a physical therapist began services at the Wellness Center and has seen over 747 visits since the service became available in 2015. Branch locations use benefit programs and local medical facilities to provide health care that is convenient and affordable.

  • Fitness Facilities

    All North American locations offer on-site facilities and programs to support employee wellness. Most locations offer health club reimbursements and financial support for participation in sports if the facility does not offer an on-site fitness room.

    The Madison campus offers basketball and volleyball, fully-equipped fitness rooms, walking, jogging and biking trails and cross-country skiing trails in the winter. A Promega Health Promotion Specialist serves as a resource to provide exercise plans and help employees develop fitness goals. To promote health in body, mind and spirit, the Zen Zone is available on the Madison campus with a steeping pool, steam room and sauna. Promega Madison and our offices in Sunnyvale and San Luis Obispo, California are tobacco-free campuses.

Relaxed Body and Mind

ProMindful and Emotional Intelligence

ProMindful, now in its second year at Promega, is a program that offers Promega employees an introduction to the related practices of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Both of these practices have been shown to support health, wellbeing and even increased effectiveness in work. Participants come together for a 30-minute teaching once a week and have the option to join a 15-minute community meditation every day. Some of these meditations are guided while others are silent. Each style of practice cultivates "internal awareness" and "other awareness" in unique ways. We have received much positive feedback on this program, with employees sharing stories of improved patience and communication skills, creative problem-solving, compassion for self and others, and even physical changes like reduced headaches. Most of all, it brings us together to share our practice and ourselves in new ways.

ProMindful session
Meditation is offered daily at Promega Corporation in Madison, WI.

Encouraging Relaxation

The Promega branch in Mannheim, Germany offers free massages and yoga sessions to employees each month. Promega Sweden and Promega Benelux also have massage chairs on-site for employees. Promega Australia has added a library of wellness books, and offices in Brazil and San Luis Obispo, CA added relaxation or meditation rooms for employees use.

Investing in Employee Education, Training and Advancement

Career training and development programs are designed to keep employees abreast of the latest technologies, scientific trends, and customer needs. We are committed to the personal and professional growth of all employees throughout the many phases of their career and work to foster the skills, competencies, and talent in our workforce. Professional development courses such as the Coaching for Leaders and The Emerging Leader and Management Essentials programs support supervisor and senior leaders. Customized training for departments is available, as well as organizational development services that include talent management resources and consulting. Furthermore, individually-targeted leadership development is available on site at work, or with external academic or training partners.

Human Rights and Diversity

Respecting Human Rights

As a member to the UN Global Compact, Promega follows all regulations regarding employment and has zero tolerance for violations of human rights. We are committed to upholding and advancing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in how our business develops productive relationships around the world to continue working cooperatively among different customs and cultures. Issues that we take very seriously include:

  • Protection of children from exploitation
  • Protection of all workers from compulsory labor
  • Payment of at least minimum wages
  • Safe working conditions

Promega complies with all local workplace regulations and ensures that our employees and community members are treated with respect and dignity. We hold the same expectations for our suppliers and look to align with organizations that uphold international human rights and labor standards.

Alcobendas with the Municipal Award for Reconciliation and Equal Opportunities
Promega Biotech Ibérica in Spain has been recognized by the city of Alcobendas with the Municipal Award for Reconciliation and Equal Opportunities.

Valuing Diversity

As a global company, we believe in and practice equal opportunity and affirmative action. We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages and experiences. With offices in 16 culturally diverse locations, the organization benefits from the unique cultures and experiences of all employees. Women represent approximately 46% of employees worldwide and occupy 42% of management positions in the United States. Promega Biotech Ibérica was again recognized for the commitment to human rights and equal opportunity employment being awarded "Alcobendas Concilia."