What Matters Most to Robert Heiden, Vanguard for the Disabled

What matters most to me in Corteva’s ID&E journey is the inclusion of others that are different from ourselves, so that we reap the benefits of all the perspectives and experiences that those individuals bring to the table.

robert heiden, wife, and son

“A growing population, by definition, is going to have more people that might be different than what you've been exposed to or experienced.”

Robert Heiden, Portfolio Management & Financials

Robert’s story

How do Corteva’s efforts to advance inclusion, diversity and equity make you feel?

Corteva’s efforts to advance the ID&E agenda really makes me feel great about the company, demonstrating the values - not just talking about them, but actually making them a reality.

How do you infuse the language of diversity into job descriptions and candidate searches?

I think you have to look at the material from other people's perspectives and eliminate references that may indicate the unspoken bias, etc. - defaulting to a male pronoun, for example.

What has been the biggest challenge to implementing and extending the company’s ID&E goals?

To have people feel not separate, but as a part of the whole, not just to think about it, not to have it as a slogan, but to have it as a way of life, to get to the point where you may not actually even think about it, because now it's integrated into our our existence, in our culture.

What matters most to you about advancing ID&E in agriculture?

What matters most to me in Corteva’s ID&E journey is the inclusion of others that are different from ourselves, so that we reap the benefits of all the perspectives and experiences that those individuals bring to the table.

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“Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. These three elements combine to create a true sense of belonging – a feeling that occurs when each person feels able to bring their full self to work, contribute to their fullest potential, and thrive.”

— Meghan Cassidy, SVP, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer