At AVI, we embrace our journey toward creating a diverse and inclusive environment where there is genuine respect for individual differences and uniqueness. As a family-owned and operated company founded by the son of Greek immigrants in 1960, we value the individual differences each of our team members contribute to the workplace. We understand that not only is our greater society today very global in nature, but that every single one of our individual communities and workplaces bring together a vast array of cultures, ethnicities, beliefs and other unique characteristics.
Diversity is everything that makes us as individuals, different. Some of the things that make us different are our culture, race, gender, gender identity, socio-economic level, education, sexual orientation and age. Of course there are many other things that make us diverse, but the important part of the equation is to ensure that every person knows that what makes them different and unique is valued.
Inclusion is the process of helping all AVI team members understand that they are acknowledged and accepted – we are a family-owned company and want everyone to feel and see that the qualities that make us different are the things that bring us together and help create a fantastic, blended family. When you think of inclusion it is not only that people are diverse and everyone brings their individual differences but that each person belongs to the family and those differences make us stronger. It is important that each person at AVI knows that they are an integral part of each success and each opportunity our company encounters.
At AVI we believe people should be treated fairly. There is no place for any kind of unlawful or unethical discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability or veteran’s status. This language is clearly worded in our application and employment policies.
AVI is committed to maintaining a work environment in which all team members are free from harassment or discrimination. As such, AVI prohibits the unlawful harassment of any team member by any other team member, management representative, customer, visitor, vendor, client or others. We encourage an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and where they bring their whole selves into the workplace. We believe that both people and organizations should grow and develop and that learning is critical to development so we create opportunities in our training for people to learn new ideas, concepts, cultures and perspectives in a manner where we challenge ourselves personally and collectively in a respectful and relationship building manner. We are family and we care for each other.
At AVI our core values define our culture. These values are what we believe in and what we live by. They are the foundation of everything we do including our approach to diversity and inclusion. Our values have never changed – they have defined AVI since our founding in 1960. Our values have always guided our actions – we are continuously improving and growing as an organization and as a family; we keep getting better because we care about our team members, our clients, and our customers and we challenge each other to grow and to do what’s right.
Our core values: