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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.

Brenda Nunnally named Working Mother of the Year for AZ

For the 13th consecutive year, AstraZeneca has been listed among the top 100 Best Companies by Working Mother Magazine. Out of the 100 total companies listed, AZ scored the number 11 spot, steadily rising in rank from number 12 last year.

100 best companiesThis annual listing recognizes 100 companies for their outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate cultures that support working moms, including through child care services, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement opportunities for women.

As part of this program, the magazine asks each of the 100 winning companies to nominate a mom employee who deserves special recognition. AZ received over 40 nominations for working mothers across the company to represent our organization.


Brenda Nunnally and her husband Dave, son Davis and daughter Caroline

Brenda Nunnally, a Regional Account Director for Iowa and Wisconsin in Market Access and Patient Services (MAPS) and former District Sales Manager (DSM) on the CNS Specialty Sales Team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was selected by an internal committee as AstraZeneca’s Working Mother of the Year. Brenda, a mother of Davis (13-years-old) and Caroline (10-years-old) was nominated by her former manager, Steven Levandowski.

In her nomination, Steven called out Brenda’s leadership activities and her natural tendency to empower fellow employees and leaders and develop and maximize people. As for her skill set as a mother, Steven writes “Brenda is a beautiful example of continuously seeking balance. Whether she’s getting up extra early to make cinnamon rolls for her son’s school party before she flies out for a meeting, or the extreme pride she has when she tells me about her daughter’s swim meet, she really embodies the ideals of balancing family and career.”

“With her passion for developing others rivaled only by her passion for family, we are truly honored to have Brenda as part of the MAPS organization,” said Diane Sullivan, Vice President, MAPS.

Brenda Nunnally with her escort on the red carpet.

Brenda Nunnally with her escort on the red carpet.

Brenda attended the annual Working Mother Magazine Gala in New York on October 15 with her husband Dave and several AstraZeneca colleagues. Although only one AstraZeneca woman can be selected to be recognized, AstraZeneca congratulates all of the nominees and the mothers who do a tremendous job every day on finding balance through focusing on their careers, volunteering in their communities and being the best moms possible.

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 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.