Being an industry leader isn’t just about market share, technology prowess or the size of a company’s workforce; it’s also about the way we interact with our employees, customers, local communities where we operate and the environment we share. It is about acting responsibly.
As Company Ombudsman, I’m proud to announce that Applied Materials has been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list for the second year in a row. This award recognizes our global employees’ commitment to the highest ethical standards. Each of our more than 14,000 employees around the world should take pride in being part of a company that has modeled its core values on ethics and integrity since its founding over 45 years ago.
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The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests, recently published its inaugural list of 9 Corporate Citizenship Blogs to Read — and Watch which spotlights our very own Applied Materials Blog!
The languages were different but the lessons learned were similar. Finding innovative solutions to complex problems requires creatively, experimentation, and teamwork. And, the process of converting a concept – as clever, timely, and intriguing as it may be – to a prototype for public display can be overwhelming. Sometimes a brilliant idea is helped by a ready supply of duct tape, late night calls to mentors, last minute tweaks to wiring systems, and a presentation that includes a bit of theatrical magic!
There is compelling new evidence that well designed standards for energy consuming products can drive innovation and save consumers enormous amounts of money over the life of those products. This is a thesis that I have expressed support for on more than one occasion.
A new report entitled “The Efficiency Boom” is the work of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and a multi-stakeholder group called the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (“ASAP).
The report takes a retrospective look at the various energy standards that have been adopted since the 1980s as well as potential new or updated standards in 34 categories (e.g. industrial boilers, dishwashers, microwaves, computers, televisions, lighting fixtures and so on). The energy and dollar savings from these standards are truly impressive.
As Ombudsman, it gives me great pleasure to share an award that has been hard-earned by each and every member of our workforce at Applied Materials. Today, the Company has been named to Ethisphere’s 2012 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere is a research-based business ethics institute and recognizes companies that go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translating those words into action. This is the first year Applied has participated in the application process.
Recently, women from some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley left their cleanrooms, computers, and cubes to immerse themselves in the world of art … and discovered that inspiration and creativity are traits shared across sectors, industries, and disciplines. The reps from Yahoo! Women in Tech had an amazing time as stated in a recent post.
Visiting the San Jose Museum of Art exhibit by Joan Brown, guests were challenged to examine how an artist – or any innovator – grapples with the complexities of a problem. They explored the results of bold experimentation and risk-taking leadership. The art prompted conversations on authenticity, cross-cultural communication, and opportunities that bring people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experiences – at work and in the...
I was pleased to see that 13 of the 16 schools being honored for academic improvement at the annual meeting of SJ2020, a community-wide collaboration to eliminate the academic achievement gap are part of the Applied Materials Foundation Education Initiative effort. In fact, The Applied Materials Foundation was a founding member of SJ2020 because of its 10-year Education Initiative, dedicated to improve educational outcomes for students in San Jose, Calif. The event provided credibility that our education contributions were paying nice dividends. Although we know much work remains.
Special Blog Post By: Alisa Tantraphol, Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager, Second Harvest Food Bank.
Anyone else stepping into the role of Food & Fund Drive Coordinator at Applied Materials would have found it daunting to inherit a drive that raised more than $850,000 for Second Harvest last year. Luckily, Nancy Nielsen is no stranger to corporate philanthropy. In addition to a wealth of experience from places like Harvard, the New York Times, and McKinsey & Co., her impressive resume includes seven years as the Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer.
Last August, Applied Materials hired Nancy to manage community involvement activities for Global Community Affairs. Less than six months into her role at Applied, Nancy has already proven herself as one of the hardest working food & fund drive coordinators toiling on behalf of the nearly quarter of a million clients relying on Second Harvest for food every month.