Diversity and inclusion
The diverse cultures, backgrounds, skills and experience of our global workforce bring great creative strength and energy to our business and have a critical role to play in achieving our strategic objectives. Understanding the different needs and perspectives of our stakeholders is central to how we do business and ultimately how we create medicines that society values. So it is vital that the diversity of the communities we serve is reflected in our workforce and our leadership teams, locally and globally. An inclusive culture where diverse talents can flourish is also critical to attracting and retaining the best people in the right places to take our business forward.
The key thing from now on will be maintaining our momentum as we continue our efforts to develop a more actively inclusive culture.
Executive Vice-President Human Resources and Corporate Affairs
We have long been committed to fostering a culture of respect, fairness and equal opportunity but as we continue to re-shape our organisation and our geographic footprint, we know there is more we can do to make sure that that diversity is appropriately integrated into our people strategies.
Under the leadership of a global Diversity & Inclusion steering group chaired by a member of our Senior Executive Team and including senior leaders from across the business, we are driving change in three key areas: ‘Leadership & Management Capability’; ‘Transparency in Talent Management & Career Progression’; and ‘Work-Life Challenges’.
Our Global Insight Exchange programme, launched in 2012, consists of peer to peer mentoring of over 30 pairs of identified talent from different AstraZeneca functional areas and geographies. The programme is designed to accelerate the development of our leadership culture and talent pipeline through the exchange of diversity of thought and experience.