Corporate Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action
Edwards Lifesciences (hereinafter "Edwards") has established a firm commitment to adhere to a policy of equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment. This means that we endeavor to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment are given consideration without regard to protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other factor unlawful to take into account under applicable federal, state, or local law, in recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, training, assignment of work, performance evaluation, and all other aspects of employment.
In addition, we take affirmative action as prescribed by applicable laws to ensure equal employment opportunity. In line with this commitment, we have developed affirmative action plans pertaining to minorities and women, individuals with a disability, Vietnam era veterans, special disabled veterans, and other eligible veterans. Portions of these plans are available for inspection by employees and applicants for employment. An appointment to inspect materials may be made during normal business hours with the human resources office that serves your establishment.
Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in filing a complaint; assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance review, hearing or any other activity related to the administration of applicable equal employment opportunity laws; opposing any act made unlawful by applicable equal employment opportunity laws; or exercising any other right under applicable equal employment opportunity laws.
Overall responsibility for setting policy and directing its implementation rests with senior management under my direction. Specific responsibilities in turn have been delegated to Christine Z. McCauley, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, who has delegated responsibilities for day-to-day implementation to Jennifer Hughes, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition. In addition, every Edwards manager and supervisor is responsible for complying with the Company's equal employment opportunity policy.
Michael A. Mussallem
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer