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In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
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DuPont Named 2021 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by The Human Rights Campaign FoundationJanuary 28, 2021 | PRNewswire
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DuPont has been named a 2021 "Best Place to Work" for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and received a score of 100% on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the ninth consecutive year.
"At DuPont we're all in, reaffirming and recommitting ourselves to growing an even more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all our employees are empowered to thrive," said Kim Markiewicz, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, DuPont. "We are proud of our policies and practices that support achievement of a 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index. We will continue our work with HRC and others to champion the rights of our LGBTQ+ colleagues to work and live openly in our communities around the world."
According to HRC, the results of the 2021 CEI showcase how 1,142 US-based companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the US. In addition, 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad.
"I'm thrilled that DuPont once again has cleared the increasingly challenging HRC bar and achieved a perfect score," said Steven Larrabee, Chief Information Officer and DuPont Pride Employee Resource Group Executive Sponsor. "We're applying a strong continuous improvement mindset to further strengthen DuPont's workplace inclusivity for all, including our LGBTQ+ community, and I'm proud to work for a company that so highly values diversity, equity, and inclusion overall."
DuPont's efforts in satisfying all the CEI's criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 18 million US workers and an additional 17 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine's 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine's top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families
- Supporting an inclusive culture
- Corporate social responsibility
An attorney at DesignCon? I wasn’t sure I heard that right either, but it’s true. I sat down for an interview with international trade lawyer James Kim of ArentFox Schiff LLP. James was at the show to present a session entitled “Chips, Batteries & Charging Stations,” which highlights the Biden administration’s steps to secure the supply chain for the EV industry. James gave me a quick primer on international tariffs and trade laws, and much more.
Every year or so, I like to chat with my friend, M&A expert Tom Kastner of GP Ventures. I know he has been busy the past few years, so I was anxious to find out more about it. He is the one person I know who really has his finger on the pulse of the industry. Tom has always been a great source of information for me and the industry as a whole.
It’s a well-known fact that if your company is not growing and moving forward every single day, it is dying. The same rule applies to technology companies: To stay alive, you must grow your technology by keeping up with your customers’ product technology needs. Too many printed circuit board fabricators are dying a slow death because they are not willing or able to invest the time, energy, money, and passion to always work on their technology.
When it comes to business-to-business (B2B) customer service, it is often the little things that matter. While many companies focus on the big things, they ignore the little "softer things" that really create a great customer experience. I truly believe that the higher the technology a company produces, the lousier its customer service. It's as if those companies producing the highest tech products feel they deserve a pass for the easier, always important but more mundane, aspects of customer service.
New Report Suggests India Can Expand Role in Global Semiconductor Value Chains with the Right Policies02/14/2024 | SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) today welcomed the release of a report evaluating India’s existing semiconductor ecosystem and policy frameworks and offering recommendations to facilitate longer-term strategic development of complementary semiconductor ecosystems in the U.S. and India.