Inclusion and diversity

What is Inclusion and diversity at AstraZeneca?

Company efforts to ensure that the workforce, at all levels, reflects the diversity of the populations in which we operate, as well as different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. This involves going beyond non-discrimination to promoting equality and inclusive behaviour in the workplace and communities where the company operates.

Our approach

We see inclusion and diversity as a business imperative as well as a leadership capability. Our people make our business innovative, and we strive to recognise and value the uniqueness of each individual.

Our Code of Ethics emphasises our company Values and guides employee conduct. Our Global Standard for Inclusion and Diversity sets out how we foster an inclusive and diverse workforce. It describes the principles of our commitment and provides a framework to ensure we deliver these principles consistently worldwide.

In 2018, we established Inclusion Councils across the enterprise that are responsible for developing a long-term strategy, sharing best practice, raising visibility of areas needing focus and increasing engagement. We also published new global standards on anti-sexual harassment and anti-bullying.

Learn more about our programmes here


Our targets and progress


More employees involved in resource groups

We have reinvigorated our employee resource groups (ERGs) by increasing their visibility, aligning them to business priorities and supporting them with structure and funding. We have created a steering committee, aligning ERGs to leadership sponsors. Each ERG has grown exponentially over the past year and continues to drive employee engagement, which is contributing to an increase in our employee survey scores, as well as retention. ERGs in the US and UK include:

• Network of Women (NOW)

• African American ERG

• Asian ERG

• Military Support ERG

• Middle Eastern ERG

• Healthcare Professional ERG

• Working Parent ERG

• Hispanic ERG


• AZInspire to engage and develop early talent

Inclusion Conference and Expo

The Inclusion Conference and Expo took place in the US and was created to celebrate the diversity of allour employees and the role inclusion plays in driving a culture of high performance and innovation. The two-day experience included workshops on unconscious bias, and a keynote speaker who discussed the importance of equality, belonging and bringing your authentic self to work. This conference received praise for being the most impactful development opportunity employees had experienced in years. It also inspired field employees to establish inclusion change agents to assist in embedding inclusion into the fabric of the organisation. Lastly, we created an internal social media campaign with the hashtag #ALLinonINclusion, which initiated company-wide engagement and global reach.