To get a pulse on the existing workday culture at DuPont sites around the world, we included a question about career fulfillment in our 2019 IMPACT Survey, a survey we send to DuPont employees to understand the employee experience across aspects such as diversity, training and development, sustainability, work-life balance and other cultural dimensions.
One clear message was that DuPont employees want more learning and development opportunities. In 2019, we developed a Management Academy, starting with a “LAUNCH” curriculum for first-time and new leaders.
The Management Academy makes use of both virtual and in-person training sessions to reach employees globally. This model allows us to standardize our leadership development approach across DuPont. The objective: to cultivate leaders who can draw from a place of authenticity to lead teams with self-awareness and emotional intelligence, and who are able to inspire excellence and innovation – to empower colleagues to perform their best in a fast growing, multicultural environment.
The DuPont Management Academy will pilot with roughly 1,200 leaders globally in 2020. We also plan to roll out two additional leadership development programs—the ASCEND curriculum for senior leaders and the SUMMIT curriculum for executive and other strategic leaders, ultimately investing in every leader at DuPont.
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.