Offering courses in business, leadership, engineering and functional areas, HARMAN University provides training for employees of all levels and areas.

People

Employees

Our employees are at the heart of our business. Their success is ours, and HARMAN is dedicated to providing a safe, diverse, learning-oriented environment in which every employee can thrive. At HARMAN, we offer a multitude of learning experiences, professional training, and career development opportunities.

Career Development

Development opportunities are provided at every stage of a HARMAN employee’s career. Individual performance and growth development are provided through HARMAN’s People Cycle and HARMAN Talent Center. The HARMAN Talent Center is a tool that assists employees and managers amplify performance and encourage development and growth. HARMAN also has a strong focus on leadership development.

Our Leadership Experience Accceleration Program (LEAP) develops early career professionals through a two-year global rotation program that includes placement at an international location for a 6-month period. Through LEAP, employees in areas such as Engineering, Sales, Finance, Digital/IT, and Human Resources gain new experiences that prepare them for taking their careers to the next level. For more advanced employees, Hungry Cubs and Hungry Tigers provide an 18-month experience that recognizes and prepares high-performing employees for leadership and career growth. Through Hungry Cubs, select employees at the director and senior director level develop their leadership styles and practice strategic thinking and execution skills. Hungry Tigers selects VP level employees and above to participate in business simulations and partake in multi-day learning and development sessions. The experiences not only benefit program participants but prepare them to develop and encourage the leadership of their direct reports.

We also value the voices of our youngest members. In 2019, we held our second Annual Intern Business Case Competition. This competition provides insight on how our company can build a better work environment and gives interns experience working in diverse teams and presenting to a panel of leadership level employees.

HARMAN University is our comprehensive online and location-based learning resource. Offering academies with targeted course offerings in leadership, engineering and functional areas, HARMAN University provides training for employees of all levels and areas. In the spirit of our learning mindset, the curriculum is always growing and improving. For example, we recently launched a HARMAN University program called Business Leadership United for Engineers which teaches professional skills to engineers. In addition to learning from our programs, employees have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge. HARMAN University partners with employees who share their ideas and expertise for the creation and delivery of new training, and about 350 employees have participated. Employees are required to complete compliance training, which provides education on our Code of Conduct and includes anti-harassment, export controls, and cyber-security topics.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Inclusion, Teamwork and respect are integral values at HARMAN. We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination in our operations or in the recruitment process. We are committed to our employees’ safety and well-being and to creating a culture of inclusion. We have established policies around equal employment, a harassment-free workplace for all (including suppliers, customers, and independent contractors), and the protection of human rights.

Our commitment to inclusion is reinforced at every level. Our Corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, and Local Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Teams support and encourage all of our employees in their careers. The mission of our Global council is to establish and drive standards that support and promote diversity, understanding, and inclusiveness across the company. This group also works to increase minority representation and ensure that equitable opportunities and development are available for all.

Two areas of focus include gender and racial equality. At HARMAN, we aim to advance female representation throughout our business. While underrepresented in the tech industry, women hold top ranking positions within our Finance, Legal, Compliance, Talent, and Intellectual Property teams. While our female population has increased over the past three years, we have more work to do to create a more gender diverse environment. We leverage our strong global HARMAN Women’s Network (HWN) to promote inclusion and allyship through the advancement and recognition of women. HWN has 28 chapters across 14 countries and offers programs, panels, local activities on topics including gender equality and empowerment. Initiatives include Global Fireside Chats from female leaders across the globe, Amigo (a new maternity engagement program for mothers in India), and global micro mentoring. Through Amigo, HARMAN provides mothers with resources, reintegration programming, and opportunities to engage with other mothers at HARMAN. In 2020, more than 100 female HARMAN employees received micro mentoring from women at manager level and above. Women from 12 countries participated, and all areas and divisions were represented. We also understand the power of recognition. In India, we invited female engineers to share their stories and experiences through the #WonderfulWomenInSTEM initiative. Ten stories were chosen and shared through HARMAN India’s social media.

In 2020, we established our Black Diversity Task Force and HARMAN Black Professionals Network. We held a Town Hall with an external facilitator and surveyed our Black employees to better understand their experience at HARMAN and the ways in which we as a company can better support and encourage their success. We aim to ensure that our hiring process is equitable and inclusive, that we support the development and advancement of Black employees, that we retain Black talent through a fair and engaging environment, and that our culture is inclusive and supportive both internally and externally.

We continue to follow local and global policies for work, and to implement safety procedures as employees across the globe return to our offices.
Environmental Health and Safety

Providing our employees with a safe and secure work environment that acknowledges psychosocial and physical well-being is our responsibility.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the necessary measures to protect our employees. For three months, all manufacturing operations were closed as we followed global guidance and evaluated the necessary steps to provide a safe work environment. Some of these measures have included office closures, the option to work from home, additional emphasis on the requirement and proper use of PPE, social distancing and physical barriers, closure of training and meeting rooms, and the implementation of cleaning schedules. In India, we instituted a ‘track and trace’ solution for employees to keep them apprised of potential increased COVID risks. We track our employees who have contracted COVID-19 and have implemented a COVID-19 leave policy. This policy is intended to ensure that our employees are not forced to choose between their paycheck and their health or staying home to quarantine. We are constantly reviewing our policies to ensure that we are following best practices and protect our employees. We also acknowledge that the impacts of COVID-19 go beyond the physical. We have developed courses through HARMAN University to support our employees on topics such as productivity at home, managing anxiety, embracing digital solutions, and overcoming bias.

We continue to follow local and global policies for work and to implement safety procedures as employees across the globe return to our offices. Our company-wide return-to-work procedures include the following:

  • Office Locations: The regular distribution of new facemasks to employees, in keeping with our protocols that require employees to wear face masks and/or coverings in the office. The implementation of new health codes and procedures, which include body temperature screenings. Additional training on the new procedures for safe work, such as social distancing policies and enhanced cleaning schedules.
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Safety measures include the installation of physical barriers, requiring masks and temperature readings, social distancing, intensive equipment disinfection, and footwear disinfection before entering the facility.

We are continuously evaluating our programs and procedures, environment, and training to protect our employees. In 2019, we observed a marked decrease in work-related accidents that correlates with strong manufacturing team participation in health and safety committees in the same year. Globally, more than 900 employees participated in our environment, health, and safety programs, including Steering and Safety Committees, and Emergency Brigades. We utilize routine health and safety audits to ensure that our teams are appropriately managing risks and working to continuously improve our health and safety performance. See the summary below of health and safety incidents during 2019.

Health and Safety: 2019 Injury and Incident Snapshot
Metric Total Regional
North America Europe Asia
Recordale Injuries (Total) 14 6 7 1
Recordable Injuries (Men) 10 5 4 1
Recordable Injuries (Women) 4 1 3 0
Incident Rate 0.15 0.01 0.34 0.04
Days Away from Work 135 68 58 9
Days Away from Work Rate 1.45 1.39 2.89 0.33
Lost Time Case Rate 0.09 0.02 3.39 0.001
Fatalities 0 0 0 0

We are equally dedicated to the health and safety commitments of our customers, which is embedded in our responsibility for the products we produce and our official policies that meet rigorous industry and regulatory standards. Our Health and Safety policies and procedures are communicated through our Safety and Security policy, Code of Conduct, and the Occupational Health and Safety Management Manual. The manual is applicable to all our facilities and is based on the ISO 45001:2018 Standard. All of our manufacturing facilities either have certified Health and Safety Management systems such as ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001, or are becoming certified. All sites with manufacturing operations will be certified by the end of 2021.

Our management approach to health and safety is embedded in our IATF 16949:2016/ ISO9001:2015 compliant quality management system, ISO 14001:2015 compliant environmental management system, OHSAS18001:2017 and ISO45001:2018 occupational health and safety management system.

See the following table for relevant Quality, Environmental, Energy, and Occupational Health and Safety certificates:

IATF 16949:2016 (Automotive Quality) and ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) ISO 14001:2015 (Environment) OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health and Safety) ISO 45001:2018 (Health and Safety) ISO 50001:2011 (Energy)
  • Karlsbad
  • Székesfehérvár 1 and 2
  • Pécs
  • Juárez
  • Suzhou
  • Querétaro 1 and 2
  • Dandong
  • Manaus
  • Pune
  • Karlsbad
  • Székesfehérvár 1 and 2
  • Pécs
  • Juárez
  • Suzhou
  • Querétaro 1 and 2
  • Dandong
  • Manaus
  • PuPune-Farmington Hills/Novine
  • Székesfehérvár*
  • Pune
  • Dandong
  • Querétaro 1 and 2
  • Juárez**
  • Karlsbad
  • Garching
*Hungarian facilities Székesfehérvár 1 and 2 and Pécs transition to ISO45001 in 2020 **Awaiting final certificate, audit successfully completed
Our Proof of BRILLIANCE Delivered

Quality management systems in HARMAN divisions provide a system for developing & continually improving processes through a structured approach, effective deployment and meet requirement of various certifications like IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 13485, , ISO 27001, ISO 20000-1, ISO 26262, CMMI, Automotive SPICE.

Automotive / Manufacturing

IATF 16969:2016 Standard for Automotive Quality Management System

ISO 9001:2015 - Standard for Quality Management System

ISO 14001:2015 - Standard for Environmental Management System

ANSI/ESD S20.20 -2014 - Standard requirement for Electrostatic Discharge Control system

IEC 61340-5-1:2016 – Standard for Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena (ESD)

ISO 27001:2013 – Standard for Information Security Management System (ISMS)

ISO 50001:2011 – Standard for Energy management system

OHSAS 18001:2007 – Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management System

ISO/IEC 17025 - Certificate A2LA for Mechanical Lab

ISO/IEC 17025 -Certificate A2LA for EMC

Connected Services

ISO 9001:2015 - Standard for Quality Management System

ISO 13485:2016 - Standard for Quality Management System applicable to medical devices and related services

ISO 27001:2013 - Standard for Information Security Management System (ISMS)

ISO 26262:2011 – Standard for Functional Safety

CMMI DEV V1.3 ML5 - Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development V1.3 Maturity Level 5

Automotive SPICE - Organizational Process Capability Level 3 (Process Assessment Model version 3.1)

Sustainable Efforts that Benefit Employees

Our employees benefit from our sustainable efforts. Volunteerism is a priority at HARMAN, which is why it’s baked into our corporate culture. HARMAN gives all full-time employees in the U.S. eight hours per year of Paid Time Off to volunteer their time to mentor engineering students or to their own important causes. Every month, top management of certain manufacturing sites publicly recognize each employee who has contributed to the improvement of any process impacting environmental sustainability such as air emissions, energy consumption, and waste or water consumption. We also promote organic waste management through the use of an external supplier to produce compost, encourage carpooling, and provide personnel with shuttle transport at some facilities. Individual facilities have unique sustainable attributes as well – at our Queretaro, Mexico facility there is an area for aromatic plants which can be used in the dining room. Throughout the world, employees are supporting each other through our Employee Value Proposition, #HARMANConnectsMe and in a myriad of other forms to celebrate HARMAN’s culture.

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