Hess is committed to diversity, inclusion and racial equality. We provide equal employment opportunities for all employees and job candidates regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, training, assignment of work, performance evaluation and all other aspects of employment. We condemn all forms of discrimination and do not tolerate any form of workplace harassment.
We reinforce these expectations through our Code of Conduct; policies such as Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment-Free Workplace, Human Rights and Social Responsibility; and training. Hess’ Inclusion and Diversity Council provides executive leadership and direction to our hiring, work environment and development activities. We have a number of programs designed to foster an inclusive culture and work environment in which each person is a valued team member who continually learns and grows. In 2019, we expanded our Unconscious Bias training to our U.S., Malaysia and Denmark managers, and 475 employees completed the training in these locations.
Hess was included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, which tracks and reports on public companies’ performance on gender equality and representation in the workplace, as well as transparency in reporting on gender. We also received an 85% score on the 2020 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI ranks more than 1,000 of the nation’s largest businesses on their practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) equality and inclusion.
Tracking Our Performance
To gauge our progress, we track our U.S. employee demographic metrics, including the proportions of Hess’ workforce that are female and minority (as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor). From 2018 to 2019, the numbers of both female employees and minority employees remained constant.
We also track the number of local national employees in our international operations and report publicly where the number is 100 or more. Overall, the proportion of local nationals and of nationals holding managerial or professional positions has grown over the past five years. During this period, the percentage of local nationals increased from 85% to 98% in Denmark and from 75% to 89% in Malaysia.
Hess supports efforts to address societal inequalities and create opportunity in the communities where we operate with a particular focus on education. We also take part in external efforts and professional organizations that are helping to make our industry more diverse. In 2019, for example, we publicly endorsed the Equality Act, and in doing so became a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. The Coalition is a group of more than 260 leading U.S. employers that support the Equality Act, which would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under existing civil rights laws and create a federal standard to treat all employees the same.
Also in 2019, we engaged with groups such as the National Business & Disability Council at the Viscardi Center, the National Diversity Council, the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the Society of Women Engineers and the Veteran Jobs Mission. We also support additional membership organizations that promote diversity.