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AstraZeneca Awarded in Workplace Equality, Employee Support

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.

Delivering on our Commitment to Military Veterans

Veterans Day, nationally observed every year on November 11, is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Through recent milestones, AstraZeneca has continued to pursue our goal of maintaining a workplace that attracts military veterans, addresses their unique needs and leverages their skills and experience to strengthen the company as a whole.

2016_MFE_Logo_200x200The 2016 Military Friendly® Employer designation recognizes employers who 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. AstraZeneca is honored to be included in the 2016 list of the Military Friendly® Employers. 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 to the workforce is priceless.

AstraZeneca’s commitment to those who serve was also demonstrated with Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca US, recently signing the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees. Paul Hudson and Topher Brooke, Vice President, US Diabetes, and Executive Sponsor of the AstraZeneca Military Support Employee Resource Group, met with Gary Stockbridge, ESGR State Chair, to add AstraZeneca to the list of companies who commit to supporting military employees.

AstraZeneca recently participated in an event with the National Journal, during which a panel of veterans discussed the needs regarding veterans returning to the workforce following the end of their service. As an employer, AstraZeneca recognizes the value that veterans bring to a company and the importance of actively recruiting and retaining military veterans. Our Military Careers site is catered specifically to this population, where those interested can search for AstraZeneca jobs, read employee testimonials and learn more about our commitment to veterans.

Veterans offer valuable skills and experience that employers should actively seek to grow the strength and diversity of their workforce. We strive to continue to implement ways to make AstraZeneca a place that veterans and military employees see their full potential through fulfilling career opportunities and support resources.

Pictured above, Paul Hudson (right) signs the ESGR Statement of Support, with Topher Brook (left) and Gary Stockbridge (center).

Veterans Transitioning Back to Civilian Life: Opportunities for Transformation in the Workforce

Almost 7% of the roughly 319 million Americans in the United States (U.S.) are veterans, according to the Census Bureau. Figures published by the New England Industry Liaison Group suggest that the military has over 7,000 jobs across more than 100 functional areas, but approximately 19% of these military jobs do not have a direct civilian equivalent. In many cases, additional certifications are needed for veterans to obtain equivalent jobs after leaving the service.

It is important to attract, hire and retain qualified diverse employees – to remain competitive for prospective employees, and to ensure diversity of thought, skill, background and experience are embraced in a way that will address the needs of the evolving population. What military service skills can veterans carry over to a civilian workplace and how should companies harness these proficiencies? What challenges do veterans face upon return to the U.S.? Participants of a recent thought leader reception, underwritten by AstraZeneca in partnership with the National Journal and moderated by Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, National Journal & The Atlantic, engaged in a lively discussion spanning these questions and others.

20151008_NJ_On_The_Homefront_153Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America kicked off the discussion by urging representatives from veterans’ advocacy organizations, employers, Hill staffers, Congressional committees, think tanks and media to drive transformation so that all veterans transition back to jobs where they can contribute their training and diversity of perspective to a meaningful purpose.

The panel of speakers was made up by Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President, Hiring Our Heroes; Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gilman, Director, National Organizations, Chairman’s Office of Reintegration, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense; The Honorable Martha McSally (R-AZ), Member, House Armed Services Committee; and Matt Miller, Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The panel highlighted the need for stronger collaboration, opportunities for mentorship, increased understanding of the evolving needs of veterans and better transitional programs.

Recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that almost 49.5% of the 21.2 million veterans in 2014 are neither employed nor seeking employment. In addition, veterans commit suicide at a higher rate than non-veterans. To help veterans better transition to civilian life, attendees noted a need for more best-practice sharing across organizations and at the community level. Not only is it critical that we provide jobs for veterans that best leverage their unique voices, views and talents, but we must also work to provide support to their families and spouses.

For example, a report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families found that the unemployment rates of 25 to 44 year-old Armed Forces female spouses were almost three times higher than their civilian counterparts. Attendees stressed a need for helping young service members and their families build networks and find mentors. At AstraZeneca, for example, we have a Military Support employee resource group where employees can connect with our wide network of military members and their families across the globe. Additionally, we are involved in a number of other initiatives to support and make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.

20151008_NJ_On_The_Homefront_093AstraZeneca also supports a program at HonorHealth, a hospital system based in Phoenix, Arizona that aims to hire and deploy Transition Support Services (TSS) specialists – former combat medics – to provide personal assistance to Medicare beneficiaries recently discharged from the hospital for congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia. As one of the only programs of its kind, these TSSs engage with patients upon admission to the hospital, at the time of discharge and for at least 30 days post-discharge, focusing on using medical and wellness education and relationship-building tools to assist patients in not only managing symptoms, but helping them live happier, healthier lives.

As we look ahead to the Veterans’ Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11, we are reminded of the opportunities to help employers and all Americans better understand veterans and their value in the community as civic assets. AstraZeneca is committed to continuing the dialogue and ensuring that the many voices, views and talents of military veterans can be meaningfully used to address the unique needs of the U.S. population – including the critical needs of the patients we serve every day.

The reception was part of a series of events coordinated by National Journal LIVE, a premier events business that convenes top leaders in the Washington, D.C. area to discuss possible solutions to the country’s biggest challenges.

AstraZeneca Employees Celebrate Veterans’ Day

AstraZeneca employees participate in a panel discussion on Veterans' Day to discuss military skills in the workplace.

AstraZeneca employees participate in a panel discussion on Veterans’ Day to discuss military skills in the workplace.

In observance of Veterans’ Day on Monday, November 11, AstraZeneca employees attended a panel discussion organized by the company’s Military Support Community employee networking group that explored the value that military personnel bring to the corporate workplace.  The panelists, which included employees that have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, shared their personal experiences and insights to illustrate how the skills they learned through military service have translated into their professional careers.

“It was an honor to celebrate Veterans’ Day by having an inspiring conversation with the amazing men and women here at AstraZeneca that have served our country,” said Ken Coyle, executive business director of AstraZeneca and executive sponsor of the Military Support Community employee network group. “I’m proud to work for an employer that recognizes and celebrates the contributions that military veterans have made for us, and continue to make.”

The AstraZeneca Military Support Community, one of the company’s many employee networking groups, is a voluntary association comprised of employees who are in the Reserve Forces, have family members in the military or who are veterans. The goal of the group is to provide support and build a sense of community among employees with military ties, while helping to navigate the impact of military service on families.

AstraZeneca is involved in a number of initiatives that support and make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.  In November 2012, AstraZeneca was named among the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs magazine. Companies are selected for this list based on the strength of their military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention efforts and company policies toward National Guard and Reserve service.