At Garmin we put a premium on our people. We know that while our success depends on the products we create, it’s ultimately our people who create them. Our associates embody the Garmin values and carry out our mission and vision every day. We treat our associates right, and they pay it forward and give back to their communities.
Garmin invests in the communities where our associates live and work by making donations to charitable organizations, sponsoring events and serving as volunteers. Various Garmin offices participate annually in their local United Way campaigns, with the company matching associates’ personal donations.
In 2019 Garmin was awarded the Pinnacle Award by the United Way of Greater Kansas City. The philanthropic contributions of Garmin and our associates resulted in over $1.5 million raised to benefit United Way and partnering community organizations in 2020.
We support the active lifestyles of community members and our own associates by sponsoring events such as the Garmin Kansas City Marathon, a world-renowned gravel cycling race, and various cycling, running and multisport events around the world. These events allow us to engage with our customers, celebrate their accomplishments and gain feedback that goes right back into our product R&D efforts.
In 2019 Garmin joined forces with the National Runners Alliance, an advocacy initiative to help fight harassment that female runners experience.
This alliance provides education and tools, and Garmin used the platform to spread awareness of the safety features incorporated into our running watches, such as assistance and incident detection features that can send a runner’s location to emergency contacts.
TRAINING AND RETAINING
Sustainability is about more than making money. It’s about reinvesting in ways that ensure a long, vibrant future. Garmin is committed to providing associates with continued learning opportunities through a variety of courses, ranging from technical aspects to personal growth. We also encourage continued professional education by offering tuition reimbursement.
With an eye to our future workforce, Garmin offers a robust internship program and was recognized by Vault as having one of the best tech and engineering internships.
In 2019 we employed 262 interns across 13 different locations.
Garmin is also active in various STEM outreach programs, which inspire younger generations to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Other events, such as hosting International Women of Aviation Week, encourage women and minorities to pursue life-changing careers in technology.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Our goal is to attract, develop and train people from around the globe who represent all walks of life. We live in a diverse, multicultural world, and we want our associates to reflect the world we live in. We believe that only when we bring people of different backgrounds together can we truly deliver unique solutions for our customers. To foster associate engagement and connections among diverse groups, Garmin has several employee resource groups (ERGs). These associate-led groups offer personal and professional development, leadership and volunteer opportunities. More than 1,000 associates, including Garmin executives, are involved in these groups.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our associates. We provide associates with health and safety trainings that are appropriate for their job functions. We comply with safety laws and appropriate standards that apply to our business. Additionally, our manufacturing facilities in Asia have been certified to the international occupational health and safety standard ISO 45001.
Our goal at Garmin is to ensure that human rights are upheld for all workers involved in our supply chain and that individuals experience safe, fair and nondiscriminatory working conditions. Garmin supports suppliers who share our belief that fair labor practices and safe working environments are an inherent part of human rights.
We condemn modern slavery in all forms. This position is applicable to our own operations as well as our supply chain and is documented in our Modern Slavery Policy and our human rights and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 statement. Our commitment to human rights is also demonstrated in our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct. The page linked below provides information on our position related to Conflict Minerals.
Our associate code of conduct is an extension of our Garmin values, which are the foundation of our business. It sets the expectations of our associates for conducting business with our customers, business partners, the public and each other.
We hold our suppliers to the same high standards. From issues such as ethical sourcing to human rights, we expect our suppliers to conduct themselves in a manner that aligns with our corporate values.