Covanta’s CEO Pledge to Advance Diversity and Inclusion
At Covanta, our people are key to our success, and building a diverse and inclusive workplace is key to attracting top talent. By embracing diversity, we foster a work community that opens minds and opportunities—one that helps Covanta grow stronger as a company.
Covanta is a member of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion business commitment. The initiative includes nearly 700 leaders from U.S. companies and academic institutions that have pledged to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives are welcomed, where employees feel encouraged to discuss D&I and where best practices can be shared across organizations.
As part of our commitment, our Vice President of Continuous Improvement will be joining the CEO Action as part of a one-year fellowship to help identify, develop and promote scalable and sustainable policies and corporate best practices to address systemic racism, social injustice, and improve societal well-being.
In 2021, we joined the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge, an initiative of the Congressional HBCU Caucus, and pledged to recruit at a minimum of five (5) HBCUs strategically located near our facilities in Virginia, Maryland and Alabama. We committed to recruit for both internship and entry-level full-time positions, targeting five (5) internships initially, with a commitment to increase this number as the program matures, and, as full-time entry-level positions become available, include HBCU interns in a pool of eligible candidates for the Early Career Development Program upon graduation. We also will develop an annual fund of $10K in scholarship money for students attending HBCUs near the locations where Covanta will recruit.
“I applaud all our private partners for taking the pledge at such a critical time. Through the power of partnerships, our HBCUs will continue to have an outsized impact in higher education.”
Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, in welcoming Covanta and 8 other companies to the HBCU Partnership Challenge.