At Synopsys, we always have at least one foot in the future. We envision the future as smart — befitting of a world that requires resourceful problem-solving. Speaking at SNUG Silicon Valley in April, Synopsys Chair and CEO Aart de Geus framed chip design as a highly creative undertaking. “We’re working on artwork, and the art of changing the world,” de Geus said. “In that context, we catalyze the future. We work together on problems that are unbounded.”
Working toward the goal of a smart future underpins all our actions, including our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. In May, we detailed our progress, from our fourth consecutive year achieving CarbonNeutral certification to our millions in charitable donations.
Another forward-looking initiative this year was a new returnship program designed to address the issue of career breaks for the caretaking of children, elderly parents, or a sick spouse. The Synopsys Reignite Your Aspiration (RIYA) Returnship program offers new career opportunities to people with experience in electrical, software, and computer engineering and computer science, among other areas. We also remain committed to building a diverse workforce and our burgeoning employee resource groups play a key role in encouraging inclusion. To mark Pride month in June, we interviewed several of our LGBTQIA+ engineers as part of the activities of the Synopsys Pride ERG.
At the other end of the talent spectrum, we recognize the importance of contributing to a strong pipeline of future workers by fostering STEM education through the Synopsys Academic and Research Alliances (SARA) program. In a related highlight, one of our engineers, Ron Duncan, appeared in the Roadtrip Nation documentary series, which encourages students to channel their personal interests into fulfilling careers.
To facilitate training in the post-classroom, decentralized work era, we launched the Synopsys Learning Center. Registered Synopsys users can use this online hub to get up to speed on Synopsys products in the way that best suits them with an on-demand subscription model that delivers a personalized learning experience.