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.
The 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).