Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Culture & Philosophy

Coherent demonstrates its commitment to corporate sustainability by promoting and supporting a positive environment among its diverse employees, customers and communities.


Coherent is dedicated to being a catalyst for environmental improvement in our industry - identifying and exploring ways to reduce the global footprint of our facilities and to improve the efficiency of our laser products.

Laser technology is, by its nature, energy-intensive. The single biggest impact Coherent can make on the environment is to improve the efficiency of our laser products. We have invested extensively in research and development over our history to develop lasers with improved performance, operating lifetime, and utility efficiency (power and water). The new technologies have enabled significant reductions in power consumption for our customers and our operations. We have also developed laser-based materials processing applications that increase efficiency and reduce pollution in diesel and gas turbine engines.

Employee Safety & Development

Coherent’s commitment to Safety - the safety of all our stakeholders, including employees, customers, and the public, is of great importance to Coherent. Our goal is to continuously improve our safety program by evaluating our operations and, where possible, incorporate advances in technology, work practices, and understandings in safety and health sciences. Coherent has established a strong safety culture at all of our facilities, and believe that injuries and safety incidents are preventable. Safety performance is consistently evaluated through regular facility audits and detailed assessments of any safety incident. Coherent strongly believes that business is strengthened by integrating safety directly into operations and are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of employees.

Professional Development

Coherent encourages individual professional growth and development and sponsors a wide range of training and developmental activities designed to provide opportunities to improve current job-related skills and develop new capabilities. Coherent’s belief is that each employee must take ownership of their development as well as plan for their aspirations of tomorrow. Coherent’s commitment to training addresses the needs for technical as well as leadership and supervisory skills. Additionally, Coherent’s commitment to professional development is extended through worldwide tuition reimbursement by assisting with the costs associated with continuing education.


Coherent’s benefit programs are an integral part of our total compensation strategy and are designed to meet the challenges of a growing global organization. Coherent provides comprehensive, cost-effective, and innovative benefits intended to meet the varying needs of our employees. These programs are aligned with local legislation and practices in each country where we operate and are established to provide a framework of competitive benefit offerings in the global market place for talent. In particular, in countries where socialized medical coverage is not provided, Coherent ensure that all full-time employees are offered company sponsored health insurance.

Global Citizenship

Community Giving and Volunteering - Coherent employees lead fundraising and volunteering programs locally with corporate support. Past programs have included community food drives, disaster relief fund raisers, blood drives, and community building projects.

In additional to finance support, Coherent hosts a yearly event in Santa Clara where employees have the opportunity to meet representatives of local and national nonprofit organizations who share information on ways our employees can get involved with their community by volunteering. Efforts are designed to foster and encourage employees to volunteer and positively impact the greater needs of the community.


One of Coherent’s key values is respect for individuals. As a global company, Coherent values the diversity of individuals, their ideas and experiences and how different perspectives strengthen competitive advantages. To foster a supporting environment of diversity, Coherent is focused on integrity, mutual trust, respect and teamwork in the work environment while valuing the individual differences in its global workforce.

Legal Compliance

Coherent operates facilities in twelve countries on three continent and is committed to complying with the letter and spirit of the laws in the countries where Coherent operates and to attaining the highest ethical standards in the conduct of business and in interactions with customers, suppliers, competitors and the public.

Coherent maintains a global environmental management program, intended to ensure compliance and to develop ways for Coherent to be a “greener” corporate citizen. Coherent complies with all application environmental regulations such as RoHS, WEEE, and REACH.

Battery Collection & Disposal

Where Coherent has placed equipment containing industrial batteries, Coherent recognize the obligation under the ‘Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulation, 2009.Therefore, Coherent will collect, free-of-charge and within a reasonable time, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling in countries governed by this regulation.

If any customers under the jurisdiction of this or the EU Directive on Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators (2006/66/EC) regulation require Coherent to take back Industrial batteries, they should contact the local Coherent office in country to arrange for the return, treatment, and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.