ASML is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML employs more than 7,000 people.
ASML promotes diversity among its workforce. We aim to offer a fulfilling work environment for talented men and women of all backgrounds. We believe an environment in which people of different backgrounds work together and in which people encounter different ways of thinking enhances creativity and innovation.
We follow an equal opportunities policy for recruitment, hiring, training, performance, assessment, promotion and remuneration, and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, political orientation, nationality or social origin.
Our workforce, which is spread over seven countries, includes 71 nationalities. Women made up 11% of our workforce in 2011 (2010: 10%)1. For a breakdown of our workforce by gender, see also the chapter 'Other culture indicators'.
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Although there are some small regional differences, women are generally under-represented in high-tech industries around the world. We take our responsibility as a leading player in the technology industry seriously and support initiatives to get women more interested in technology.
In April, we took part in the Dutch national Girls’ Day. We wanted to show that technology is fun, and to trigger an interest in scientific professions. ASML volunteers, mostly women, ran the event in Veldhoven, and around 700 mothers and their daughters, aged between 11 and 16, came along. There was a wide range of activities, such as using robots, doing virtual medical operations and making shampoo. For more information about this event, see the section 'Educational activities' in this chapter.
We want to give people opportunities to meet each other – to socialize together and have fun, as well as work.
In September, we hosted the ‘World of ASML Day' at our campus in Veldhoven. The purpose of the day was to bring together all our Veldhoven personnel and to celebrate the cultural diversity at ASML. There are more than 60 nationalities working for ASML in Veldhoven and employees from most of these set up booths where they presented information about their country and culture and where food from the different countries could be tasted. There were also two stages with music and dance performances from the different countries. More than 5,000 employees attended the event and the feedback that was received was very positive. The ‘World of ASML Day’ has clearly contributed to the understanding that in a multicultural company like ASML respect and understanding of different cultures is of the utmost importance.
In November, we launched the Young Professionals organization. This helps employees aged under 35 to network, get to know each other, and find their way in our organization.
In December, we organized a family weekend at the Veldhoven campus under the title Time Machine. We invited ASML employees and their families to come and see the ASML campus, production facilities and offices. There was also an exhibition showing the development of home styling and consumer electronics over the last 40 years, and the influence ASML had on these developments. Additionally, many activities were organized, mainly for children, to explain some aspects of our technology to them, and to the partners of our employees, and to make them enthusiastic about technology. Although the fun element was the most important aspect of these activities, the underlying purpose was to create enthusiasm for and understanding of technology. Children (and their parents) could play arcade games like Pong on old game computers, ‘fly’ on a robot using green-screen technology, create their own Christmas ornament using a laptop and special plotter, look at a chip through a microscope, fly through a chip wearing a 3D helmet, and many other activities. Families could also dress up in cleanroom suits for a photo. More than 70 ASML employees volunteered (part of) their weekend making the event a big success. The ASML Time Machine weekend welcomed more than 11,000 employees and their families and turned out to be a weekend of fun and technology.
1Based on the number of payroll employees in FTEs.