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VETS Indexes Names Chemonics a 3-Star Employer

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The 2024 award highlights Chemonics' ongoing dedication to hiring and retaining veterans, creating veteran-inclusive policies and culture, and supporting military spouses and families, among other efforts.

Chemonics is honored to be designated a VETS Indexes 3-Star Employer in the 2024 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. These awards highlight organizations’ “commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community.” Chemonics is the only company dedicated to sustainable global development honored this year. Chemonics was a VETS Indexes Recognized Employer in 2023.

“The diligent efforts of Chemonics International Inc. to hire, retain, and support veterans and the military-connected community have earned the organization a highly coveted VETS Indexes Employer Award,” said George Altman, president of VETS Indexes. “Competition for the VETS Indexes Employer Awards was tougher than ever in 2024, as a record number of organizations participated. Even with hundreds of employers in the running, Chemonics International Inc. demonstrated a strong dedication to veteran employment.”

“Chemonics is committed to bringing veterans’ diversity of experience to development,” said Susanna Mudge, chair of Chemonics’ Board of Directors and co-executive sponsor of ChemValor, Chemonics’ employee resource group for veterans, military families, and allies. “With their leadership skills and project management experience, veterans are an asset across Chemonics. Veterans deliberately think through training and development and have helped standardize our onboarding processes. They have been instrumental in designing our corporate security policy and operations and managing crises as they occur. They have led some of our more complex programs around the world. And they are integral members of our teams.”

Chemonics’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) convened stakeholders from across the company to respond to a survey that examined over 300 veteran employment metrics in five categories: veteran employee development and retention, veteran-inclusive policies and culture, guard/reserve support, military spouse and family support, and veteran recruiting and hiring. The survey also looked at Chemonics’ use of veteran-owned small businesses as suppliers for its work.

“As a military retiree, I am personally drawn to an organization that takes its commitment to inclusivity, especially towards servicemembers’ sacrifices, with utmost seriousness, said Dr. Kenya Dugger, senior director of ODEI. “Chemonics’ three-star recognition not only reaffirms this commitment but also serves as a beacon of respect for me and many other veterans.”

Elizabeth Burnham, co-chair of ChemValor, added, “This award is truly a recognition of the small conversations happening around veteran and military spouse hiring, support, and retention in every business unit. Allies are taking coffee chats with veteran candidates to decode job descriptions, volunteering to build out workshops for transitioning veterans, and looking for opportunities to use veteran-owned small businesses.”

VETS Indexes is recognized as the first resource for U.S. military veteran-themed indexes, with a mission to “provide innovative solutions that recognize the value created by the mission critical mindset, unique skill sets and specialized training that U.S. [m]ilitary [v]eterans bring to the workplace.”

Chemonics provides additional information for veteran candidates on its website.