Inclusion and diversity
We aim to create an inclusive workplace to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures.
We focus on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. An inclusive environment welcomes different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles from across our global population. This not only enhances individual creativity and innovation, but makes good business sense.
Equality means affording all employees equal treatment regardless of actual or perceived race; colour; ethnic or national origin; age; gender; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; gender identity and/or expression; religion or belief; physical ability/ disability and/or chronic health conditions (such as HIV/AIDS status); genetic make-up; or other protected characteristics as relevant in a country.
UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Thursday 3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Approximately 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability - for GSK, that represents more than 15,000 of our employees. We’re proud of the diversity of our workforce and recognise the value that this brings to our organisation.
Making our business accessible to people with disabilities is extremely important to us and we are committed to ensuring our career opportunities and recruitment processes reflect this.
We are a founding member of Business Disability International (BDI), a not-for-profit social enterprise which brings together CEO’s of global businesses to think collectively about what businesses can do to encourage a better working environment for those with disabilities.
Within GSK, we have established a Global Disability Council which has agreed priority projects which we are implementing to help increase our disability confidence. We also run a number of employment initiatives, such as Project SEARCH, designed to provide work experience and aid transition from education to work for young people with learning disabilities. In addition, we actively support a number of disability related charities.
Hayley is currently on the Project SEARCH scheme. She shares her story in the video below:
Supporting disability charities through employee volunteering programmes
Through our employee volunteering programmes like Orange Days and PULSE, employees support a wide range of not-for-profits all over the world. This includes disability-focused charities like Leonard Cheshire Disability.
One of our current PULSE volunteers, Hany El Sheshtawy, who is a Medical Representative from Saudi Arabia, is currently on assignment with Leonard Cheshire Disability in Thailand as part of his PULSE programme. He’s been writing a monthly blog to update us on his journey.
UK Government ‘Disability Confident’ campaign
On Tuesday 1 December 2015, we welcomed the UK Minister for Disabled Persons, Justin Tomlinson, to our global headquarters at Brentford, UK. During his visit, we signed up to the ‘Disability Confident’ campaign, led by the UK Government.
The campaign seeks to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations with the overall ambition to get 1 million disabled people into meaningful work by 2020. By signing up, we are committing to continue the great work our Global Disability Council is doing and will partner with Scope to support the campaign.
We are focused on enabling gender diversity in management and senior roles. In 2013 we introduced targeted individual and group coaching and sponsorship for emerging talent. In 2014, we will invite employees to take part in sessions to discuss hidden barriers that could hinder gender diversity.
Cultural and ethnic diversity
We monitor the proportion of ethnic minorities in our workforce at a local country level against industry averages and the national population. We also engage with groups representing diverse communities.