At Avaya, 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 realizes our full potential. In the spirit of being a global community, our diversity unites us, and it enhances 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 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.
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. Employees can voluntarily self-identify for several of these categories or request a reasonable job accommodation to perform essential job functions. This is also covered under Avaya's Policy which should be reviewed with all employees on a periodic basis.
Affirmative Action programs are results-oriented procedures to ensure equal opportunity in the employment and advancement of protected groups. As a U.S. federal contractor, Avaya is required by law to develop written Affirmative Action Programs for minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam Era and other covered veterans.
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.
Avaya offers several types of diversity training to employees. New employees learn of Avaya’s environment of inclusion through the New Hire Orientation Program and there are courses offered for continued learning on an on-going basis.
Employee Business Partner Groups
Employee Business Partner Groups are open to all employees. By supporting the unique needs of their communities, Employee Business Partner Groups enable the company to maximize the talents of their members to achieve the company's objectives.
Employee Business Partner Groups at Avaya include:
4A - Asian/Pacific American Association for Advancement at Avaya
EQUAL! - Supporting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered employees of Avaya
HISPA - Hispanic Association of Avaya
NOVA - Natives Offering Value at Avaya