Lexmark strives to value and respect the individual differences of its employees, customers and business partners. Embracing our differences will make Lexmark a more competitive company and a better place to work. Lexmark supports a variety of programs within the company as well as in the communities where its employees live and work.
Lexmark adheres to the requirements and embraces the spirit of affirmative action and equal employment. The concept of affirmative action was developed in the 1960s as a means to eliminate discrimination and provide equal employment opportunity to individuals of diverse backgrounds.
Today, Lexmark’s EEO policy incorporates requirements from numerous federal, state and local laws and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability and veteran status.
As a result of legislation and executive orders issued since the civil rights era, federal contractors, such as Lexmark, have specific affirmative action obligations with respect to hiring and promoting women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans, Vietnam-Era veterans and all other covered veterans. These obligations include:
Lexmark values diversity in the workplace. The company has adopted a Diversity Mission Statement (see below) by which our employees abide. It calls for respecting and valuing individual differences among co-workers. These practices help Lexmark operate with one unified vision — a vision that allows us to utilize the talents of our employees and that fosters good relations within the company as well as in the communities in which we live and work.
We, the employees of Lexmark, will value and respect our individual differences. This appreciation of a diverse workforce will help each employee attain his or her full potential, adding value to our company and giving us a competitive advantage in the marketplace. As we achieve a diverse global workforce at all levels, we will fully utilize the talent of all our employees and enjoy a positive reputation in our communities. The economic benefits of diversity will become a reality. As a company and as individuals, we embrace this opportunity and the responsibility to make it happen.
Lexmark is a global company, and as such, it is our goal to have a highly diverse and inclusive workplace that understands and is responsive to the needs of our customers around the world. Such diversity, while obviously good for the company, can present unique challenges for our employees in the workplace and their families at home. Lexmark is aware of these challenges and we take action to make working for Lexmark a positive experience.
We recognize, for example, that employees who have emigrated may face the challenge of dealing with unfamiliar social norms and a longing for their homeland. Lexmark, in conjunction with motivated employees, has developed a number of diversity affinity groups. Lexmark’s Asian Network Diversity Association (ANDA), Christian Business Persons (CBP), Gay-Straight Alliance of Lexmark Employees (GALE), Hispanic Diversity Network Group (HDNG), LexNew, Network Alliance of Black Lexmark Employees (N-ABLE), Veterens Association of Lexmark: Organized to Recognize and Respect and Women@Work (W@W) were created either to help employees adjust to new cultures and serve as support networks that disseminate knowledge and increase comprehension and understanding of minority group issues.