We are committed to fostering an environment that embraces mutual respect, cooperation, and productive relationships among the members of our workforce. We continue to operate in accordance with federal, state and local laws that protect employees regardless of age, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical capability, race, and religion. More broadly, striving toward a more diverse corporate environment requires that employees at all levels treat their peers, subordinates, supervisors, colleagues outside of the company, and customers with respect without allowing differences to interfere.
We believe our diverse workforce helps us realize our fullest potential. Recognizing and developing the talents of each individual brings new ideas to the company. We also benefit from the innovation that results when people who have different experiences and perspectives work together. In this way, a well-managed, diverse workforce expands our base of knowledge, skills, and understanding. It also allows us to be more responsive to the needs of our diverse sponsors. We need to continue to identify and attract a workforce of the best talent available. Our ability to use diversity to realize our greatest potential will be an important factor in achieving future success.