Diversity is about acknowledging and celebrating who we are as individuals. At Cook, we strive for full participation from all our employees, of every sex, gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, national origin, religious affiliation, veteran status, ability, political belief, and class. We know that a diverse workforce provides our teams with a wide range of experience, knowledge, and strengths. We value a diverse cross-section of thoughts and opinions to ensure our company culture stays balanced and strong.
But we understand that just welcoming diversity isn’t enough; we must make it equitable for everyone and be inclusive in everything that we do. We have to ensure that who you are, where you are from, and what path you took to get you here doesn’t impact your path moving forward and upward at Cook.
I’m excited to build on Cook’s history of active commitment to remove barriers due to difference. We are doing that both inside Cook Medical to ensure all of our employees have pathways to opportunity and outside of Cook in partnership with our communities. Ultimately, this allows us to deliver on our mission to serve our patients with the highest standards of quality, ethics, and service.
Kjirsten Mickesh – Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We get our hands dirty. We get down in the trenches. We listen, get involved, get our employees involved, and work with other organizations. It’s that deeper connection that companies must develop in their communities.
Pete Yonkman – President, Cook Medical
Our global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) program has four focused areas where we can have the most impact for our employees and communities and endure into the future.