Fred Hutch's commitment to excellence and integrity infuses everything we do, from conducting research to operating a world-class organization. These values are central to the way we govern the organization, develop our staff and steward donor funds.
United in their commitment to eliminating cancer and related diseases, members of our Executive Leadership Team, Board of Trustees and Board of Ambassadors bring scientific and business acumen from diverse industries and perspectives. They oversee the implementation of key policies — such as our Conflict of Interest Policy, Ethical Conduct Policy and Human Research Protection Program Policy — relevant to best practices in governance and the ethical conduct of research. They also ensure that the organization upholds our values, stays focused on our mission and delivers on our strategic plan.
Workplace respect is a core value at Fred Hutch. We respect the contributions that each individual makes to ensure the success of our science. We believe it is essential to provide all employees with a respectful and safe working environment. We have an anti-harassment policy, as well as processes for reporting and investigating employee concerns. Our open-door policy encourages employees to feel safe raising concerns about workplace respect.
Lifesaving research requires not only innovation and dedication but curiosity, creativity, and fresh and varied perspectives. Diversity, therefore, is a core value, integral to our work. We were the first U.S. cancer center to pledge commitment to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, and we have committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.
Since 2013, Hutch United, an internal community organization, has been promoting the success of underrepresented minority scientists at Fred Hutch. Hutch United provides mentoring, fellowships and networking opportunities, and it develops methods and programs to foster a diverse community at the Hutch. Our Director of Diversity and Inclusion — in partnership with executive council of senior leaders and an employee advisory group — leads our efforts to build a fully inclusive and informed workforce.
Fred Hutch is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
The future of science rests in the hands of the next generation of researchers. Fred Hutch helps budding investigators — including high school students, secondary school teachers, college and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows — prepare to make tomorrow's breakthroughs. Our-wide ranging education and training programs develop scientists at all academic levels, from early high school through early career.
Fred Hutch upholds internationally recognized codes of ethics and applicable laws and regulations to ensure the protection and confidentiality of all human participants in biomedical research. These include ethical guidelines for general research practices as well as those that pertain specifically to HIV research. Our Institutional Review Board, which is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), reviews research activities to ensure they meet ethical standards and comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including HIPAA, as well as the Fred Hutch Human Research Protection Program Policy.
We work with private-sector partners to get promising treatments to market as quickly as possible. Fred Hutch follows rigorous, long-standing conflict of interest policies and guidelines for involvement with outside interests to ensure our partnerships do not compromise our research objectivity.
In addition, the Fred Hutch Research Ethics Education program conducts lectures, panel discussions, web-based training, colloquia and case study discussion groups that provide faculty, staff and trainees with a variety of opportunities to engage in discussion and education on the responsible conduct of research. The program curriculum is reviewed by the Research Ethics Oversight Committee, which is composed of faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students at Fred Hutch.
Fred Hutch is fully certified through a voluntary program sponsored by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), the international reviewing body responsible for certification of animal research facilities.