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Sustainability and diversity

“Being fair and responsible to the environment while offering products which provide the best-in-class level of protection lies at the very heart of our culture. This is our founders’, Bill and Vieve Gore’s legacy, and we are proud to continue this tradition.”

Bernhard Kiehl
Enterprise Sustainability Leader 
W. L. Gore & Associates

Respect for people and the planet is a natural outgrowth of Gore’s legacy of responsible innovation. Throughout our history, we have applied the principles of sound science to create products that improve the quality of life, including products that help solve difficult environmental challenges. 

We strive to be good stewards of air, water and energy resources and in our management of waste. It is our responsibility as a company and as individuals. In all of our efforts, we will take a holistic approach that considers both the short- and long-term implications of our decisions and the prosperity of future generations.

In October 2019, we became a member of the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) — a group dedicated to inspiring and enabling plastic recycling solutions in healthcare. The Council’s mission is to collaborate across the value chain of the healthcare system — from the manufacture of medical devices to the recycling process of hospital waste — to enable the implementation of viable, safe and cost-effective recycling solutions for plastics products and packaging.

Visit HPRC.org to learn more about the Council's initiatives and research on recycling in healthcare. 

We proudly share the efforts we are making towards sustainability – and we are optimistic about all the work that lies ahead.

Doing what’s right for the planet

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Demonstrated Impact

~70,000 kg of paper will be eliminated through our electronic IFU program

Doing what’s right for people

Creating an inclusive environment

At Gore, every individual matters. We want each Associate to experience the inclusion promised in our fundamental beliefs and guiding principles regardless of their race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, background, political beliefs or other personal identifier. We seek to reflect the diverse communities we serve.

Diversity and inclusion are critical ingredients for sustaining an engaging working environment. Our Enterprise is stronger when we include diverse backgrounds, talents and viewpoints, recognize each other’s unique contributions and bring our knowledge together across the Enterprise to make smart business decisions that help our customers and their patients — truly making our whole more than the sum of our parts. 

We provide opportunities for connections and personal growth through self-organized Associate networks that drive development, education and outreach initiatives. Current networks in our global workplaces include groups supporting:

  • African American Business Network (AABN)
  • Ally Network
  • Asian Business Network (ABN)
  • Gen Y Diversity Network 
  • Gore Friends of Lesbians and Gays (GFLAG)
  • Gore Reaching Out to Women (GROW)
  • Latino Hispanic Business Network (NHBN)
  • Native American and Indigenous People of America Network (NAIPAN)
  • New with Experience (NWE)
  • Strong Working Ability at Gore (SWAG)
  • Veterans Business Network (VBN)

Read our statement on diversity

Gore guidelines on social responsibility

At Gore, we are committed to conducting our business with integrity, both legally and ethically. Our guidelines on social responsibility (“Guidelines”) are consistent with industry-specific requirements and practices, such as the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct, and based on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards, the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on Children’s Rights, the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the UN Global Compact and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

We fully support efforts to eliminate forced labor and human trafficking. Everyone in our Enterprise is expected to demonstrate integrity in all relationships when dealing with suppliers, customers and stakeholders, as well as with other Gore Associates.  Everyone within our organization is collectively committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment where diverse teams of Associates collaborate to drive innovation, high performance and responsibly direct their activities to achieve exceptional business results.

Contributing to our communities

Our Associates support many social projects around the world. Most of these projects start by an Associate initiative and are in line with our culture and are supported by Gore.