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Diversity and inclusion

We encourage, value and leverage the differences in people and perspectives to achieve maximum business performance.

We know that everyone we engage with—customers, suppliers, and employees—brings diverse perspectives that result in richer creativity and innovation. We respect the diverse, evolving requirements of our global customers. We believe it is critical to our success that we have a workforce as diverse as the patients, professionals and communities we serve in over 100 countries around the world. Building engaged and inclusive teams that encourage people to share their diverse insights, perspectives and opinions are essential to providing innovative solutions and improved outcomes for the provider and patient. We are a strengths-based organization that embraces unique strengths and experiences, providing employees the opportunity to enhance and grow their talents and enjoy dynamic career opportunities. We acknowledge our differences and celebrate the value that these differences can bring to our lives, our business and our community.

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Message from our CEO:

Kevin Lobo

"I am a huge believer in diversity and inclusion because it is the right way to treat people. It leads to better business results and most importantly it will help us achieve our mission of making healthcare better."

What are Employee resource groups (ERGs)?

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) act as strategic partner to the business by promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. The ERG's advance the understanding and inclusion of employees with a common background, set of interests and/or goals. The vision, mission, goals, policies and activities of our ERG's are fully aligned with our mission, goals, and values. Our ERG's focus on the workplace and help Stryker build a high performance environment through inclusion activities.

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Stryker's Women's Network (SWN)

At Stryker, we know that it takes many different kinds of people to be a successful company. To continue to build on our success, we value our employees' unique perspectives and ideas. It is in this spirit that we created the Stryker's Women's Network (SWN).
The SWN offers enhanced opportunities for members through networking, professional development, leadership messages, community outreach and educational projects that drive the attraction, development, engagement and retention of talented women. The SWN is open to all employees, both men and women, and includes over 4,000 members across the globe.
The SWN is committed to encouraging a more inclusive work environment and providing a forum that offers women new opportunities to grow as professionals, leaders and individuals.


Stryker's Allies for Equality (SAFE)

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SAFE champions authenticity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally (LGBTA) community at work. We celebrate diversity, foster an inclusive environment for all employees and provide networking, education, training and resources supporting sexual orientation, gender identity and expression awareness to the company. Established in 2015, with three regional chapters across the U.S. and growing, the SAFE ERG helped Stryker earn a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index in 2016.

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Women in Stryker's Engineering (WISE)

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The Mission of WISE is to continually improve Stryker for women in engineering. WISE's goal is to be a strategic partner with Stryker to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion through continual learning. WISE advances the understanding and inclusion of employees with a common background, set of interests and/or goals. WISE is a valuable mechanism to: (1) build a culture that fosters innovation; (2) offer employees access to leadership opportunities; (3) establish programs and activities aligned with the mission of Stryker; (4) provide employees opportunities to develop and grow. There are four hubs (Awareness & Outreach, Communications, Development & Engagement, and Mentoring & On-boarding) within WISE to allow this group to focus on key areas to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion through continual learning, networking and community involvement.
WISE members volunteered with the Perry Initiative. This program is a partnership between Beaumont and the Perry Initiative, which is an organization that promotes careers for women in Orthopedics and Engineering. The program consisted of two days working with medical and high school students, teaching them about orthopedics and career options in the medical device field. WISE volunteers supported demonstrations with Stryker equipment and sat on a panel to talk about engineering experiences and career development.

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Stryker’s African American Network (SAAN)

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We value the diverse backgrounds of employees; their perspectives allow us to meet our business goals. Stryker's African American Network (SAAN) helps us foster an inclusive culture, with their mission of making Stryker the company of choice for attracting talented African Americans, while contributing to their development and retention.

Representation in the workplace matters, and we want to encourage current employees to develop a meaningful career with us and inspire prospective employees to envision themselves being successful at our company. SAAN continues to develop a network of employees who embrace a culture of inclusion by sponsoring educational events and outreach opportunities that foster interaction between our employees and a diverse group of students, professionals and thought leaders from the African American community. We are confident that SAAN will provide long-term business benefits and personal developmental growth for all employees.


Stryker's Emerging Professionals (SEP)

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On March 21, 2017, Stryker's Emerging Professionals (SEP) celebrated it's official launch as a Stryker employee resource group (ERG). The mission of SEP is to engage, support, and inspire the next generation of Stryker professionals. Membership is open to those who identify as emerging professionals and/or are interested in partnering with us to empower the next generation of leaders. Together we strive to help Stryker attain 100% engagement and retention of emerging professionals across the globe.

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Stryker’s Veterans Association (SVA)


SVA strives to make Stryker a preferred destination for top veteran talent and drive military employee engagement. We do this by supporting the recruiting, onboarding and retention of veterans and current military members. Our approach includes families, community and the broader Stryker workforce to ensure a positive, welcoming experience.

Our initiatives have always focused on teamwork, reflecting the team focus found within the military. SVA activities also emphasize helping others, which ties directly to Stryker’s mission, “Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better.” We participate in community initiatives, such as placing flags at military graves for Memorial Day. We also host fundraisers during the holidays for families of fallen soldiers.

We understand the importance of having a strong employee connection with team and community. We also understand how a veteran workforce can positively impact an employer and the region. SVA meetings provide career insights for our members and hiring managers, and our meet-ups build camaraderie among our members and their families.

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We believe in women in STEM

The future of medical device innovation relies on exceptional talent in STEM. That is why we invest in developing great engineers. We have engineers who have started their career with us continuing to grow with the company and people who joined us later in their career when they were trying to find a company with a great purpose. They will all tell you that our commitment to their development is unlike anywhere else. Hear more about the different career paths a few of our women engineers found at Stryker.

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