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AstraZeneca Awarded in Workplace Equality, Employee Support

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Over the past few months AstraZeneca has received recognition from several organizations, awarding our efforts in workplace equality, employee support and individual achievements. These accomplishments illustrate our commitment as a company to foster a successful work environment for all our employees.

LGBT Workplace Equality Scorecard

AstraZeneca received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. AstraZeneca’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

The 2016 CEI rated a total of 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

During the last few years AstraZeneca leadership has partnered with departments across the company to ensure that our programs and benefits serve all of our employees. For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

2016 Military Friendly® Employer Designation

AstraZeneca was honored to recently announce our 2016 Military Friendly® Employer designation. We earned a place on this prestigious list by recognizing the competitive edge that transitioning military give to our workforce. The talent, skill, and experience veterans bring is priceless, and the Military Friendly Employers have invested considerable time, money, and personnel to build military recruiting and retention programs, as well as policies to accommodate Guard and Reservists who continue to serve our country.

One of the ways in which AstraZeneca supports military employees is through our Military Support Employee Resource Group, which serves as a resource for employees who are in the Reserve Forces, have family members in the military, are veterans or have strong ties to troop-support.

To see the full list of companies featured for 2016, visit militaryfriendly.com/2016employers

Working Mother 100 Best Companies

For the 14th consecutive year, AstraZeneca has been listed among the top 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine. Out of the 100 total companies listed, AstraZeneca earned the number 11 spot, maintaining our rank from last year.

This annual listing recognizes 100 companies for their outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs, and corporate cultures that support working moms. This includes child care services, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave, and advancement opportunities for women. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to building a supportive and flexible work environment that helps working women successfully manage the demands of career and family.

Profiles of the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies and more information about AstraZeneca’s ranking were featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine and at workingmother.com.

Individual Recognitions

In addition to awards received for AstraZeneca’s broad achievements, several individuals also stood out from the crowd and were recognized for accomplishments in their respective fields.

Greg Keenan, Vice President, Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca U.S., was recognized by Pharma Voice on their 2015 100 Most Inspiring People list. Along with his professional accolades, Greg’s caring personality, enthusiasm and innovative mindset were highlighted as reasons colleagues find him inspirational to work with. He has been coined “Dr. Socrates” as he uses a Socratic format in leading teams, asking and answering questions in order to stimulate critical thinking.

Praveen Akkinepally, Director, Respiratory Care Specialist and Rita Johnson-Greene, Head of Field Sales, Finance & Enabling Functions made DiversityMBA’s 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders list. DiversityMBA is a leadership and management organization that advances the understanding of diversity & inclusion in the workforce by recognizing leadership.

The Top 100 Under 50 list is comprised of a group of leaders that are selected by the magazine from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit agencies. The selectees are chosen from a pool of 300 nominees by a panel of judges and Praveen and Rita were selected for this prestigious list based on their accomplishments and contributions to both AstraZeneca and their communities.

Donna Huang, Head of Corporate Affairs, Cardiovascular, Mature Brands and State Government Affairs, AstraZeneca U.S., was named as one of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 of 2015, for her work as a skilled leader, a disciplined communicator, and “the person everyone wants on their team, whether responding to a crisis or launching a product.” Donna also won more than 10 public relations industry and communications honors six years ago for an atherosclerosis disease education program.

AstraZeneca congratulates these individuals and the teams behind each of these accomplishments and we look forward to sharing successes to come in 2016.

AZ wins Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2014 Healthiest Employer Award

As one of our strategic priorities, AstraZeneca aims to be a great place to work—fostering a patient-focused and science-driven culture that attracts, develops and retains skillful employees. On Thursday, June 5, Philadelphia Business Journal honored AstraZeneca’s commitment to happy, healthy workers with the 2014 Healthiest Employer award for global organizations with over 5,000 employees. The award recognizes AstraZeneca’s strength in six categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis.

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AstraZeneca’s company culture integrates a voluntary health and well-being program that focuses on emotional health, physical activity, and nutrition and weight management. We offer individual health assessments and personalized strategies while encouraging employees to know their numbers, assess their risk, take action and motivate each other. Uniting the notion for patients, employees and the community alike, AstraZeneca works towards improving health and building a stronger global community.

AstraZeneca’s work environment has accumulated many accolades over the years including Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers and Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. To read more about our accomplishments in workplace excellence, click here.

AZ honors employees for volunteerism through Jefferson Awards for Public Service

AstraZeneca honors employees who are passionate about volunteerism every year through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a program that recognizes individuals for giving back to their communities. This year, AZ’s award selection committee identified eight individuals for the outstanding work they do in their communities. The AZ Steering Committee, made up of two members of the US Leadership Team, selected the Grand Winner, who will represent AZ at the National Ceremony June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.  (L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.
(L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s AZ Jefferson Awards winners:

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Becky has a long history of volunteering with the University of Texas-Pan American, the Hope Family Health Center and Easter Seals. Thanks to her involvement, these organizations have the leadership, funding and medically trained personnel and volunteers they need to provide underserved populations with access to health care and support programs.

Diane Davis, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Diane founded Boat Kids, an event that coordinates a day out on the water for children with special needs and their families.  In addition, every year Diane organizes the AstraZeneca team of volunteers for Metropolitan Ministries Holidays of Hope Tent, which provides food, toys and holiday entertainment for more than 23,000 families.

Christopher Duncan, Executive District Sales Manager: Chris led his team’s volunteering efforts, helping people locally, nationally and internationally through organizations such as Project CURE, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Raiders’ Closet, Upper New York State Transplant, and the Young Life and Wyld Life.

James Gonzales, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: James helps children with special needs stay physically active through his volunteer work with St. Pius Special Needs Group, No Boundaries 4 Special Needs and Speak Up 4 Autism. James also volunteers for Aliviane, where he educates students about the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

Gil Peña, Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist: Gil volunteers for two organizations dedicated to helping fight the impact of diabetes on his community – Crusader Family Health Foundation and the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Rose Pimpinella, Global Marketing Manager-MOVANTIK: Rose has helped the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence Foundation grow from a new foundation established in 2010 to a resource that has successfully raised almost $90,000 to benefit organizations and shelters that help women and communities overcome domestic violence.

Jayson Richert, Health System Manager: Jayson and his wife support March of Dimes, the organization that helped them when their twin daughters were born 12 weeks early. In addition to fundraising, they share their story as an ambassador family in memory of their daughter Lily, and out of gratitude for the advances in neonatal care that saved their daughter Olivia, who is now six.

Carol Stinson, Director, Science Affairs, US Corporate Affairs: Carol volunteers for Healing Art Works, a group that provides works of original art for patient spaces in hospitals and other care centers with the goal of facilitating emotional and physical healing. In addition to their annual project, this past year Carol also led “Butterflies for Boston” to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia was selected as the AstraZeneca Grand Winner and will attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June on behalf of AstraZeneca. There, she will be eligible to win a national award for employee volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage volunteerism and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

AstraZeneca congratulates these winners and thanks them for their ongoing commitment to community service.

AZ Employee Recognized as Delaware Tech Black History Month Honoree

Ty Jones DTCC BHM HonoreeTyrone (Ty) Jones, Director of Delaware External Affairs for AstraZeneca, was recognized by Delaware Technical Community College (Delaware Tech) as the annual Black History Month Honoree at a special celebration on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Ty, who has played an active role in driving positive change in communities state-wide for decades, joins other notable Delawareans – such as Mayor Dennis Williams, Jocelyn E. Scott and Dr. James E. Newton – in receiving this honor.

For more than 15 years, Delaware Tech’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus has been celebrating Black History Month by honoring a member of the community for his or her outstanding personal and professional achievements. The College selects individuals who have made significant contributions to the community and have made an impact on improving the quality of life throughout the state.

Ty has a wealth of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors in the state of Delaware, with a career that spans more than 20 years. In his roles at AstraZeneca, the Urban League, U.S. Senator Tom Carper’s office, and the City of Wilmington, Ty has engaged stakeholders across these sectors to work to address healthcare policy and program development, adolescent health and development, and strategic philanthropy and advocacy.  Ty also started “Project Stay Free,” a community-based intervention program aimed at helping youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system to reconnect to their families and their communities.

Delaware Tech – the First State’s only community college – offers academic, technical and continuing education, and corporate and community training comprising more than 120 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Visit www.dtcc.edu to learn more about Delaware Tech and its programs.

AstraZeneca Among NAFE Top Ten Companies for Executive Women

Nafe_2.14.14For the sixth year, AstraZeneca has been selected as one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media.  The program recognizes corporations that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women. AstraZeneca was named among the top 10 companies on the list this year, as highlighted by Forbes.

Among other factors, AstraZeneca stood out for an increasing number of women in top roles at the company.   Women currently represent 43% of senior managers worldwide.  Moreover, diversity objectives and cross-functional mentoring programs have contributed to a culture that embraces and develops the talent of AstraZeneca’s female workforce.

Carol Evans, CEO of NAFE and president of Working Mother Media, says, “The NAFE Top Companies offer environments where women have significant clout and make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line.  Their female top executives lead businesses, set policy and have profit-and-loss responsibility.”

AstraZeneca also offers a number of programs to help create a supportive work environment, from flexible work arrangements and work/life resources to employee network groups – such as the AZ Network of Women and the Working Parents Network – that provide members an opportunity to share ideas and raise awareness of diversity challenges.

AstraZeneca was also named to the Working Mother magazine listing of 100 Best Companies in September 2013, and was selected as one of the 2013 World’s Most InDemand Employers by LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the Internet.

AstraZeneca Ranked among World’s Most Sought-After Employers

LinkedIn_MostInDemandEmployers_LOGO_10.28.13AstraZeneca has been named among the 2013 World’s Most InDemand Employers by LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the Internet.  The InDemand ranking lists the most sought-after employers around the globe, based on billions of interactions from LinkedIn’s more than 240 million members in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

“Great teams build great products and services. That’s why a company’s talent is its greatest strength.  But hiring top talent isn’t easy,” said Dan Shapero, vice president of LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Insights. “That’s why talent brand is so important — the stronger the talent brand, the easier it is to hire and retain the best and brightest. This year’s most InDemand employers realize that and have worked hard to strengthen their talent brands and build their dream teams, increasing their chances of success.”

With more than 50,000 employees worldwide, AstraZeneca represents a diverse group of individuals working together to help people live healthier lives.  The company works every day to make a meaningful difference in the lives of both the patients it serves and its employees.  AstraZeneca stands firmly among the world’s leaders in biopharmaceuticals, and aims to foster a dynamic and innovation-driven work environment where its employees can live up to their fullest potential.

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca was also selected by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2013 100 Best Companies, and was previously named to the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list by G.I. Jobs magazine.

AstraZeneca Employee Receives Delaware Governor’s Volunteer Award

AstraZeneca's Margaret Rivera with representatives from ASPIRA at the 2013 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony.

AstraZeneca’s Margaret Rivera with representatives from ASPIRA at the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony.

Margaret “Margie” Rivera, senior manager of compliance and diversity for AstraZeneca, has been recognized by Delaware Governor Jack Markell as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards.  The award program honors individuals and groups for their service to communities, schools and organizations throughout Delaware.

Margie was selected for her work with ASPIRA of Delaware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of Latino youth.  Through her support of ASPIRA’s Saturday Academy Program, which helps prepare high school seniors to successfully complete college applications and continue their education beyond the secondary level, Margie has impacted the lives and futures of nearly 300 students and their families.  Using her personal experiences and partnerships, Margie has reached the Hispanic community to help educate and support youth on their path to college.

The recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards represent the efforts of thousands of Delawareans who make positive contributions to society and inspire others to do the same.  More than 400 people attended an award ceremony on Tuesday, October 22 at Dover Downs to honor Margie and 24 other winners for their outstanding service.

Congratulations to Margie for this prestigious award – thank you for being an inspiration to your community and colleagues.

AstraZeneca ranked No. 12 in Working Mother’s 2013 ‘100 Best Companies’ list

AZ897AstraZeneca has been chosen as one of the 2013 Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for the 12th consecutive year.

Rising 14 spots from 2006, AstraZeneca is ranked number 12 out of 100. This recognition by Working Mother magazine underscores AstraZeneca’s commitment to supporting our employees and their families through work-life effectiveness, child care and diversity programs.

AstraZeneca received one of its highest ratings for our Child Development Center, ranking 2nd out of the 100 companies for childcare programs. Additionally, Working Mother praised AstraZeneca’s commitment to a healthy workforce, promoting solutions to keep people fit such as free nutrition counseling, wellness coaching, medical screenings and an on-site fitness center.

Working Mother also noted our efforts to help employees manage the demands of work and personal life by encouraging work-life balance conversations between managers and employees.

Profiles of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine and at workingmother.com.