Diversity

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.

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.

Our progress is primarily overseen by the Responsible Business Council (made up of senior leaders from across AstraZeneca).

Read about our 2013 performance

In practice

Our Global Insight Exchange programme aims to accelerate the development of our leadership culture and talent pipeline through sharing diversity of thought and experience. The programme, which is now in its second year, launched a second cohort in 2013, consisting of 60 coaching pairs of individuals from different leadership levels, functional areas and geographies.

Our progress has been recognised externally. In 2013, we received Opportunity Now’s ‘Global Excellence in Practice Award’ for work in Asia to attract and retain local and global talent with emphasis on gender and local geography diversity. In 2013, we were also included in The Times’ ‘Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK’ list for the first time and, in the US, (based on data submitted in 2011- 2012) we were included in the top 10 of the National Association for Female Executives’ list of top 50 companies for female executives in 2013.
 

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