Hess has a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), which we believe creates value for all of our stakeholders and is essential to being a socially responsible and sustainable enterprise. Our focus is on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment in which all Hess employees have fair and equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Externally, our company has a long history of social investment programs in the communities where we operate to make a positive and lasting impact through education and work skill development, both of which are fundamental to social equity and sustainable economic growth. We also promote diversity, equity and sustainability in our supply chain and industry to help diverse business owners grow and thrive.
For a detailed description of our workforce DEI efforts, supplier diversity and sustainability efforts, and DEI related community investments and partnerships – in addition to our employee demographics, talent management, benefits and employee engagement — please refer to our 2021 Sustainability Report.
In 2021, we engaged in numerous strategic actions to advance DEI and drive progress. Our three DEI focused task forces, comprising employees from a mix of assets and functions, made progress in the following key areas:
- Recruitment: We are focused on ensuring diverse candidate slates and panels and expanding diversity outreach and partnership to build a diverse talent pipeline. In 2021, we successfully expanded our diversity and outreach partnerships and made year over year improvements in representation of women by approximately 4% globally and of people of color by approximately 9% in the U.S.
- Employee Development: We are working to build inclusion skills and capability and develop talent management programs that help improve diversity representation and career growth. In 2021, we achieved approximately 99% completion of DEI training, launched our Inclusive Leadership program and launched five new employee resource groups (ERGs).
- Supplier Diversity: We began establishing a multiyear roadmap to promote economic equity in support of diverse businesses. In 2021, we increased diverse supplier participation in direct business opportunities and engaged our nondiverse strategic suppliers to improve our indirect spend with their diverse suppliers.
Based on the task forces’ recommendations, we hired two dedicated diversity experts to continue progressing our DEI and supplier diversity strategies.
Hess’ senior management is actively engaged in our DEI plans and programs, with oversight by our Board of Directors. Our DEI Council, comprising the executive sponsors of our ERGs and other Hess executives, provides business and leadership guidance that helps advance and steer DEI while working to ensure alignment with business priorities. Additionally, DEI progress is reported to our Board.
As a supplement to the diversity metrics presented above, we provide a copy of our Annual EEO-1 Report to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with demographic data about our U.S. employees.