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Date:9/17/2008

area where the larger, more established STEM companies have something to share with their counterparts," said Bridget McCourt, director of Bayer's MSMS initiative, referring to a previous Bayer Facts survey in which CEOs of some of the country's fastest-growing STEM companies were polled about many of the same diversity/underrepresentation issues.

In that survey, while roughly the same number of executives (98 percent) acknowledged the benefits of programs like "Scientists in the Schools," only one-third (37 percent) said their companies or employees participated in such programs, compared with 87 percent of the Fortune executives.

"As a company that is successfully supporting these and other types of STEM education programs aimed at girls and minority students at all educational levels, we at Bayer are eager to share with other STEM companies our knowledge about exemplary programs and our insights about the challenges and opportunities of engaging in business-education partnerships," said McCourt, who oversees Bayer's award-winning corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.

In all of this, says McCourt, communication is key. And that is one area where the Fortune 1000 STEM executives see room for their own improvement. Only half (54 percent) say their companies are effectively communicating the message to today's students that there are myriad job opportunities available for them in STEM fields.

The Feed: Nurturing Women and Minority STEM Employees in the Workplace

In addition to supporting STEM education programs aimed at females and minorities, the vast majority of executives say their companies are also actively recruiting these groups. Seven-in-10 executives (71 percent) say their companies have specific programs in place to recruit women and minority STEM workers, and amon
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