At the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), promoting equal employment
opportunity and diversity are core values of the agency. FAS professionals are
working around the globe in different cultures and are embracing diversity as a
critical component in achieving the agency’s core mission—
U.S. agricultural exports overseas.
Our commitment to being an equal
opportunity employer and the value we place on diversity are a source of pride.
I want to take this opportunity to remind all employees that, as an agency, we
are guided by a dedication to treating everyone with fairness and integrity. We
recognize that our strength comes from the diversity of people and ideas that
exists within FAS. As the new Administrator, I will expect and promote a work
environment that ensures equal employment opportunities and equitable treatment.
I expect all FAS managers, supervisors and employees to follow my example.
Simply put, at FAS, discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated.
FAS will continue to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees
and applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and
where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status,
religion, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political
beliefs, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from public
Our commitment to Civil Rights goes beyond FAS employees and our internal
work environment. No person will be subjected to discrimination in Federally
Assisted or Federally Conducted programs and services overseen and administered
by FAS. All applicants and participants in FAS activities must be treated in a
fair and non-discriminatory manner. FAS will handle all complaints of
discrimination fairly, expeditiously, and dispassionately.
I want to thank all FAS employees and partner organizations for your efforts
to help create a work environment free of discrimination and harassment in 2009.
Civil Rights at FAS can only be protected and equal employment opportunity
ensured with your support. In 2010, I ask that we all re-commit ourselves to
FAS’ Core Values which I
have attached and pledge to continue to participate in the effort to make our
agency a great and fair place to work. Thank you.
John D. Brewer
Foreign Agricultural Service
February 2, 2010
FAS Core Values Poster
FAS Office of Civil