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PRIDE at Avient

In 2018, we were excited to launch PRIDE at Avient. This Employee Resource Group works to create a safe and accepting environment that enables LGBTQ associates to perform to their fullest potential and contribute to the success of our company.

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Through a combination of seminar participation and peer company benchmarking, our team quickly began offering educational programming and awareness—for both LGBTQ associates and supporters. As outside guest speakers and our own Avient associates have begun to share their stories and experiences, it’s helped to build empathy and collaboration among our workforce, teaching us to value differences in each other, while dispelling misconceptions.

We are proud to yet again earn a perfect score of 100/100 on the Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is the United States’ premier report on corporate policies and practices relating to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This score earns us the distinction as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

In 2020, PRIDE offered virtual content to continue to support workplace equality. Through videos to celebrate events like National Coming Out Day, PRIDE earned over 1,000 views on their programming. In addition, PRIDE continued their mental health training series, which included training classes on topics such as mindfulness and suicide prevention. These courses were offered virtually, as mental health became an even more relevant topic during the challenges of the pandemic.

Christopher Largent

“I am proud to work at Avient, which supports employee groups like PRIDE. It can be nerve-racking not knowing if you can truly be yourself at work. Due to great initiatives and support that PRIDE has, it only reinforces Avient’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. I have the ability to just be myself while also helping to contribute to the success of our company and stakeholders.”

Christopher Largent – Inside Sales Representativ

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Vision

To become “the company of choice for all”

Mission

Create a safe and accepting environment that enables LGBTQ associates to perform to their fullest potential and contribute to the success of Avient

Strategic Priorities

Connect LGBTQ associates and supporters to advance Avient’s diversity and inclusion vision

Build awareness and support for inclusion regarding orientation

Strategic Priorities

Promote Avient externally as an inclusive company

Key Tactics

Internal programming, networking & education

Participation and networking in external LGBTQ organizations and events

Key Tactics

Engage in Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index process

800 +

PARTICIPANTS SINCE 2018 LAUNCH

100 %

CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX SCORE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR