and Social Unity
We are passionate about taking action to create lasting
change and better futures for all, particularly in the
The tragedies occurring across communities of color show us that our work as a society is just beginning. Everyone has a role to play in achieving racial equality and social unity.
We resolve that Corning will be a place where each of us is empowered to bring our whole selves to work.
Outside Corning, we will serve as leaders and collaborators in the places we call home, using our scale to develop partnerships that advance school diversity, community activism and economic growth -- programs that deliver meaningful multi- generational benefits, particularly in communities of color.
We will amplify issues of national concern when our voices make a
Meeting underrepresented people at pivotal points in their lives, we help faciliate equal access to opportunity, education, and safety for all.
Our Office of Racial Equality and Social Unity (ORESU) keeps us focused on this endeavor with sustained action and engagement across our company - from the board room to the lab, to the factory floor.
Be it where we work or live, we will act, always, as a vehicle for positive change. Guided by the belief in the fundamental dignity of the individual.
We will stay committed, relentlessly, to collective action in pursuit of
"There is an urgent need to take action and build better futures for disadvantaged groups, especially for those in communities of color. We must work together to build a world where racism and inequality have no place and where opportunity, education, and safety are accessible to all."
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Administrative Officer
Making a Difference
Adding teachers of color in school districts with predominantly non-white studentsAdding teachers of color in school districts with predominantly non-white students
Corning's Edge for Tomorrow Future Teachers Grant is a scholarship in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, to recruit and retain high-quality and diverse teachers in the local community. Corning's scholarship will fund students in the county's Scholar Teachers program, which encourages Black and brown students to enter the field of teaching with a commitment to return to Edgecombe County to teach in a local school.
Graduating more future Black educators and STEM professionalsGraduating more future Black educators and STEM professionals
Corning provided $3.3 million in scholarships for students pursuing studies in STEM or education fields. Scholarship recipients will come from school districts in regions where Corning Incorporated has operations, with plans to return to teach in those districts after graduation. It also expands college partnerships to strengthen STEM readiness for high school and college graduates.
Preparing undergraduates in a historically Black college for careers vital to the nation's workforcePreparing undergraduates in a historically Black college for careers vital to the nation's workforce
Corning has a longstanding relationship with North Carolina A&T State University, the nation's largest historically Black university. In January 2021, Corning launched a five-year partnership with the university, funded by Corning's $5.5 million donation to support programs that prepare students for careers in STEM subjects and education through the Corning Scholars Program for Undergraduates.
Training educators to best champion diversityTraining educators to best champion diversity
Corning developed a training series that helps educators foster positive school environments and promote cultural responsiveness and inclusion to meet the needs of all learners.
Empowering career preparedness with experiential learning opportunitiesEmpowering career preparedness with experiential learning opportunities
In partnership with NC A&T, Corning will help provide internships, career treks, site visits, and more. Students also will participate in project competitions and have opportunities for mentorship and networking with Corning leaders.
Leading school diversity initiatives that create safe places for studentsLeading school diversity initiatives that create safe places for students
Corning sponsors the Finger Lakes Youth Forum, which began in Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum offers a safe place – created for students, by students – to talk about difficult topics, share experiences, and take action.
Working with local law enforcement to enhance public safety and improve community relationsWorking with local law enforcement to enhance public safety and improve community relations
A Corning leader worked with local police departments to lead them through a change-management process that resulted in a model plan that law enforcement agencies throughout Steuben County can use to enhance public safety and improve community relations.
Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within CorningPromoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within Corning
To support our increasingly diverse workforce, Corning is instituting global programs to continue fostering an inclusive environment for all. In addition to having achieved 100% gender pay equity across our global salaried workforce, Corning also maintains U.S. majority to minority pay equity.
"Our goal is to make a meaningful difference in the actions we take - to ensure we are driving change and sustainable progress where it's needed most across our cities, our states, and our nation."
Chairman and CEO of Corning
Uniting efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion within Corning and the larger community
ESG News and Views
“The organizations and the individuals that we are working with, they know, and they believe that we are in it for the long haul, and that we will succeed together. And when we miss the mark, we will try again, together.”
Edgecombe County public schools receives Corning grant to increase diversity among teachers in N.C. classrooms
The program seeks to bring 50 diverse high school students back to Edgecombe County, N.C., as professional educators over the next ten years.
Bath, N.Y., police department receives body cameras with help from Corning
WETM | June 2021
In a move toward police reform, officers in the Bath police department will be required to wear body cameras. Funding from Corning helped with the equipment purchase.
Corning leading a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and community
WETM | June 2021
"We are equally committed to ensuring the creation of a safe place where people feel seen and respected exists in our community as much as we'd want it to exist within the four walls of Corning".
N.C. A&T Receives $5.5 Million Donation from Corning, Largest Corporate Gift in University's History
Corning donated $5.5 million with the goal of preparing students for careers in STEM and education.
Every police officer in Steuben County has been offered body cameras
Corning intends to cover cost to purchase cameras and cover service fees for two years to help county police departments make progress on their reform plans.
Lewis Steverson is embedding diversity and inclusion into Corning's plans for the future
How Corning and Lewis Steverson have made DE&I an integral part of the company's restructuring plan for future growth.
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