Workforce Profile

Ashland reported approximately 6,000 employees as of fiscal year-end 2016. Of these, approximately 97.9 percent were full-time employees.

Total workforce by region and gender

Geographic Region Number of Employees % Male % Female
North America 3,014 74.7 25.3
Europe, Middle East & Africa 1,560 71.2 28.8
Asia Pacific 1,018 70.8 29.2
Latin America 257 56.0 44.0
Total 5,849 72.3 27.7

Full and Part-Time Employment, by gender, globally 

  % Full Time % Part Time
Male 71.7 0.6
Female 26.2 1.6
Total 97.9 27.7

Breakdown of Employees by Employment Contract 

  % Total % Male % Female
Regular 98.3 71.3 27.0
Temporary 1.7 0.9 0.8

We act with integrity and honesty

Ashland believes in treating people with dignity and respect, including those outside the company. We are firmly committed to conducting business throughout the world in accordance with the highest legal and ethical rules and principles. Ashland’s Global Standards of Business Conduct is the cornerstone of this commitment and sets the standards for our actions. It was established as a guide to help employees understand the company’s expectations and alert them to potential legal and ethical issues. Employees are encouraged to promptly report any potential violations of our Code of Business Conduct to the Law

Department or through our Employee Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ashland is committed to maintaining a professional and safe work environment, free from violence, intimidation, discrimination and harassment.

Equal Opportunity

Ashland is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity for all applicants and employees. We are committed to maintaining a professional and safe work environment free from violence, intimidation, discrimination and harassment.

The company will ensure that all present and prospective employees are judged by their qualifications, demonstrated skills and achievements without regard to age, disability, gender, national origin, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, trade union membership or any other personal characteristics that are protected by law.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global specialty chemical company, Ashland does business in more than 100 countries. Our employees operate across cultures, functions, language barriers and time zones to solve the technical and logistical challenges created by a worldwide customer base.  Ashland employees differ in age, gender, race, nationality and language, as well as in personality, behavior, sexual orientation and religious beliefs. They have varying skills and abilities, including education, experience and functional capability. Their diversity reflects the countries and communities where they live and work, as well as the customers and constituencies they serve.

Ashland is committed to actively creating an environment where each team member feels empowered to learn, grow and maximize his or her personal contribution. By leveraging the similarities and differences that shape each individual, we encourage and promote innovative thinking and drive the kind of sustainable, competitive advantage that will help Ashland grow and create new value for our stakeholders.

To foster a more diverse and inclusive culture, Ashland is focused on the following areas: promoting leadership awareness and engagement; building organizational awareness, skills and behaviors; engaging and retaining a diverse workforce; and sourcing and hiring. All employees are encouraged to help foster a culture of inclusion.

In 2011, Ashland launched two employee-led networking groups, the Ashland Women’s International Network (AWIN) and the African-American Leadership Network (AALN). With 17 chapters and approximately 800 members, AWIN's mission is to advance the professional and personal development of women at Ashland. AALN consist of six US chapters with approximately 150 members and its vision is to develop a network of Ashland employees that inspires a diverse and inclusive environment. Both networking groups provide members with a forum to communicate and exchange ideas, build a network of relationships across the company and pursue personal and professional development. Membership in any employee networking group is open to all employees.

Employee Benefits 

Ashland makes a wide variety of benefits available to all eligible regular full-time and less-than-full-time employees that work 20 or more hours per week. Ashland’s benefit plans are designed to build on the social security benefits provided in each country and social security systems and as a result vary by country. Ashland offers the following benefits to employees in most of the countries where it does business: 

  • Retirement plans – either defined benefit or defined contribution plans
  • Medical plans – often including prescription drug coverage and dental
  • Life insurance 
  • Disability protection 
  • Accident insurance 
  • Paid vacation, holiday and leave programs 
  • Business travel accident 
  • Stock purchase plan (U.S. only)