We are committed to embracing diversity - in, for example, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion – and inclusion in everything we do. A strategic focus on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is essential to Sandoz’s long-term success; it is simply good business. Diversity means we have employees who bring a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds, and approaches to our work. It allows us to provide patients and customers with creative and effective solutions, and enables us to attract the best talent. We are committed to embracing diversity – in nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion – and inclusion in everything we do.
Strategic Direction and Accountability
Since 2008, the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council is has been the guiding force for Sandoz diversity and inclusion, and addresses the topics of diverse talent, building an inclusive culture and identifying marketing opportunities to serve diverse, underserved patients. The Global D&I Council articulates the business case for diversity and helps to jump-start some of our most important leadership, recruitment, training, mentoring and diversity programs both globally and in some key local markets, including the UK.
Being the Best Requires Attracting the Best
Our vision is to become the leading generics company by cultivating an inclusive, high performance environment that values diversity. Our strategy is to leverage our recruiting efforts around the world to create a pipeline of talented candidates with truly diverse backgrounds in the 160 countries in which we operate. Attracting and retaining diverse talent gives us a key competitive edge in the global search for talent.
Building a Culture of Inclusion – a Corporate Priority and Personal Responsibility
To achieve our goal of providing affordable, accessible medicines to patients around the world, Sandoz requires the participation of every employee. All employees are expected to participate in mentoring, recruiting and supporting their colleagues. All employees also have an obligation to treat one another with dignity and respect – from the newest employee to the most senior. To this end, we have developed Inclusive Leadership training, a program which focuses on the importance of managing inclusively in order to build and sustain our high performance culture.
In addition to training, we are also focused on raising awareness for and promoting diversity and inclusion through various initiatives at the global and country level. For example the UK has been running events such as 'Bring Your Child to Work Day', sessions on unconscious bias and working with cross-divisional groups to bring communities together.
D&I makes the Sandoz vision a reality and shapes society through diverse people. It remains a key enabler of our business and people strategies. It is part of how we work. Balancing gender representation, providing inclusive learning to all and pay equity and transparency are among our focus areas.
By cultivating an inclusive and collaborative work environment that empowers all associates, we ensure full participation in the workplace and support associates’ professional and personal development.