We enable groundbreaking technology to solve some of society's toughest challenges. Together with our partners, we provide leading patterning solutions that drive the advancement of microchips.
Say it can't be done. We dare you. We bravely challenge boundaries and question the status quo because we believe that tomorrow can always be better than today. We eagerly refine our ideas and processes, pushing technology and results to new limits.
We collaborate to tap into our collective potential. Together with our ecosystem of customers, partners and stakeholders, we expand our knowledge and skills, by learning from each other and sharing approaches to create the best solutions for ASML as a whole.
As an industry leader, we act with integrity and respect, realizing that our impact extends beyond technology to people, society and the planet. We take personal responsibility to create a safe, inclusive and trusting environment for employees from all backgrounds. Within our global community, everyone is encouraged to speak up, contribute ideas, make mistakes and grow.
ASML is a high-tech company, headquartered in the Netherlands. We manufacture the complex lithography machines that chipmakers use to produce integrated circuits, or computer chips. Over 30 years, we have grown from a small startup into a multinational company with over 60 locations in 16 countries across Europe, Asia and the US. Behind ASML’s innovations are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at our company include some of the most creative minds in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, computer science and software engineering. Because ASML spends more than €2 billion per year on R&D, our teams have the freedom, support and resources to experiment, test and push the boundaries of technology. They work in close-knit, multidisciplinary teams, listening to and learning from each other.
A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the necessary mix of voices and points of view required to develop the best solutions and ideas for our business.
We're proud to be culturally diverse, with employees from more than 120 different nationalities. Gender diversity is a concern in our industry, and we make continuous effort to recruit, retain and empower women at ASML. Female employees currently make up 17% of our workforce worldwide. We have improved our gender diversity year on year by 1% over the past 10 years and aim to continue this trend as we move toward 2025. The highly-specialized nature of our industry means achieving this balance is a long-term process.
We take part in public discussions on diversity and immigration, and oppose legislation that limits people’s right to travel freely, based on such criteria.
We believe in offering jobs to people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. We pay particular attention to people with autism, hosting lectures and promoting discussion to enhance awareness and foster a culture of inclusion.