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Diversity at Avaya - A culture of unity and global inclusion
Our value as a company is realized by recognizing the contribution of each individual. Our strategic intent is to create a culture of unity and global community, where every employee feels included, supported and respected.
We align around common business objectives - revenue, cost , people and process - and within that framework, we acknowledge and support diverse groups. We are a global company in every sense - geographically, strategically and culturally.
We embrace diversity as a competitive advantage. Harmonizing and leveraging the diversity of our people will realize our full potential. In the spirit of global community, our diversity will unite us, and it will enhance the quality of our work and our work-lives.


Our commitment to diversity has active and visible support from Avaya’s senior leadership. The corporation has staff resources dedicated to strengthening existing initiatives and building new ones to support Avaya’s culture. These include:

Avaya’s policy is to prohibit discrimination or harassment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, one's status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, or other covered veterans, or because of a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, characteristics or expression, in any employment decision or in the administration of any personnel policy.

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent
One of Avaya’s key objectives is to attract, hire and retain talented and qualified individuals around the world. A diverse, skilled workforce is essential to our success.

Supplier Diversity 
Supplier diversity through Minority, Women and Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (MWDVBE) affirms Avaya’s commitment to diversity, global economic growth and a willingness to support businesses. At Avaya, maximum opportunity is afforded to MWDVBEs to participate as suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors for good and services. Strategic supplier alliances are essential to achieving Avaya’s goal in providing solutions that enable customers to excel and take advantage of new business opportunities. Also, our Supplier Diversity Program ensures strict compliance with all applicable U.S. regulatory agency requirements, as well as with U.S. federal, state and local procurement regulations and programs. Please visit the Supplier Diversity  page for more information.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
In addition to Avaya’s non-discrimination policy, U.S. federal, state and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws require that all employment decisions and personnel policies be made without regard to factors such as race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, sexual preference or orientation, physical or mental disability, or status as a special disabled veteran, other covered veterans or veteran of the Vietnam era. This is also covered under Avaya’s policy which should be reviewed with all employees on a periodic basis.

Avaya employees have the right to refer violations of company policy to their supervisor or to the appropriate Avaya organization charged with the administration of the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy, without intimidation or retaliation of any form.

Education Avaya offers several types of diversity training. New employees learn of Avaya’s environment of inclusion through the New Hire Orientation program and there are courses offered for continuing learning.


Employee Collaboration
We partner with corporate and local diversity teams and Employee Business Partner groups to seek new and creative ways to embrace and expand our global workforce.

Employee Business Partner Groups

  • 4A - Asian/Pacific American Association for Advancement at Avaya
  • ABL - Alliance of Black Leaders at Avaya
  • EQUAL! - Supporting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Employees of Avaya
  • HISPA - Hispanic Association of Avaya
  • IDEAL - Individuals with Disabilities Enabling Advocacy Link
  • NOVA - Natives Offering Value at Avaya
  • WAVE - Women at Avaya Valuing Excellence

Cindy Fiedelman
Global Workforce Diversity Director

with Avaya

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