DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING
Rare Uniqueness, Common Purpose
Our mission is to ignite an inclusive environment where people belong because of their uniqueness and unleash their individuality and diversity to spur innovative breakthroughs for patients.
We may be different, but we share one purpose: to shine light on rare disease through the collective power of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B). To learn more about our commitment, journey, and progress to-date, please read our inaugural DI&B Impact Report.
Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an act.
Belonging is a pact.
Our bold mission does not stop with diversity and inclusion. We strive to foster a true sense of belonging. To us, belonging is a pact to ensure that every person feels included because of their uniqueness, not despite it.
Our strategy aims to weave diversity, inclusion, and belonging into the entire Alexion ecosystem, from employees to patients and the communities we serve.
Diversity is having a seat at the table.
Inclusion is having a voice at the table.
Belonging is having that voice be heard.
I am proud to work for Alexion, where I can be me. Where individuals are respected for their differences. Where I know my workplace cares for me. And where I know I belong.”
Ireland, Quality, he/him/hisREAD HIS STORY
“I am proud to work for Alexion, where I can be me. Where individuals are respected for their differences. Where I know my workplace cares for me. And where I know I belong.”
Dan felt personally connected to Alexion’s mission as soon as he joined in Ireland in the summer of 2017. As an Associate Director of Quality, he supported Alexion in preparing for health authority inspections. Dan continues to be proud to work for a company that places the patient at the core of decision making.
Creating and finding a sense of belonging has been an area of focus in Dan’s life for as long as he can remember. “There have been times in my life where I felt I did not belong, or was not comfortable with being myself,” he explains. “I do not want anyone else to feel like this, so I aim to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) in every aspect of my work and life.”
In 2018, Alexion supported Dan in the creation of an LGBTQ+ resource group, “Be You,” which shortly thereafter was adopted globally to benefit the entire Alexion community. “I am fortunate that Alexion shares the same passion as I do, with regards to promoting and living DI&B. They have afforded me opportunities to pursue this passion.” Dan also brings DI&B to his daily work and team, promoting and recognizing that an inclusive culture aligns to Alexion’s company values and promotes a speak-up culture.
“I am proud to work for Alexion, where I can be me. Where individuals are respected for their differences. Where I know my workplace cares for me. And where I know I belong,” Dan shares. “I’m excited to see where my Alexion journey goes.”
Our DI&B governance structure directly engages our global workforce.
Cultivating a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging is more than just a “check the box” exercise, it is integral to everything we do. That is why we have a governance structure that actively engages our global workforce spanning every level, function, and geography to shape, champion, and activate our efforts. All Alexion colleagues have an opportunity to contribute in areas that are most meaningful to them.
THE OFFICE OF DI&B SETS THE STAGE
Our forward-thinking leadership team defines and drives a clear and progressive DI&B strategy.
WE SEEK COUNSEL FROM THE DI&B ADVISORY BOARD
Advising body charged with providing guidance and championing DI&B solutions across the organization, co-chaired by executive committee members, and composed of a diverse group of cross-functional and cross-geographical employees.
“INNOVATION PODS” TURBOCHARGE IMPACT
These targeted teams are activated to tackle topics of the highest priority. They combine the collective power of internal experts, external advisors, and passionate employees to offer experiential DI&B learning, develop innovative ideas, and solve DI&B problems.
IGNITED INTO ACTION BY THE DI&B NETWORK
This alliance is comprised of ~10% of Alexion’s global workforce and mobilizes enterprise-wide DI&B agents to innovate, pilot, and amplify new and novel DI&B solutions at an accelerated pace through the democratization of employee ideas and voices.
WE FOSTER INCLUSION AND DRIVE INTERSECTIONALITY THROUGH OUR ALEXION RESOURCE GROUPS (ARGs)
Voluntary and primarily self-governed groups that aim to cultivate and sustain DI&B.
ARGs are formed across various pillars, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and/or shared experience. They create communities and advocacy, raise cultural awareness, represent Alexion at external events, and drive business impact by harnessing diverse perspectives.
AND MAGNIFY UNIQUE VOICES THROUGH LEARNING AND LISTENING PROGRAMS
Programs designed to ignite bold conversations, raise awareness, and achieve collective breakthroughs.
Employee-led learning program designed to celebrate unique voices and elevate our understanding of diversity as a powerful and immersive reflection of who we are and can be.
Forum for focusing on commonalities, not differences, to encourage dynamic conversations about the experiences among people with different overlapping identities.
Find belonging here
We understand that recruiting diverse talent and elevating voices is just the first step in our DI&B journey, and we do not stop there. We strive to create an environment that enables individuals to thrive in their sense of long-term belonging.
Regardless of who you are or how you identify, diversity doesn’t happen without a wide range of people and allies. It requires everyone’s effort to create a seamless and fluid, inclusive environment.”
US, Commercial, she/her/hersREAD HER STORY
“Regardless of who you are or how you identify, diversity doesn’t happen without a wide range of people and allies. It requires everyone’s effort to create a seamless and fluid, inclusive environment.”
“At 20 months old, I was adopted to a white Jewish family with 4 biological children during a time when that just didn’t happen,” Kim explains. “They chose to give a child an opportunity that they may not otherwise have.” This momentous life experience has grown Kim’s appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B).
At Alexion, Kim is a Regional Account Manager (RAM) in Neurology on the West Coast of the United States. She is not only a DI&B champion and advocate, but also a member of Alexion’s DI&B Network, a large group of global colleagues who expressed interest in volunteering their time to advance the organization’s DI&B journey. “I’m very thankful to Alexion for approaching DI&B in such a meaningful way. I’m hopeful it will fuel innovation and collaboration to transform patient lives.”
Kim believes that it is important to get to know people on a personal level to truly understand each other. “Not because we have to, but because we want to. Regardless of who you are or how you identify, diversity doesn’t happen without a wide range of diverse people and allies,” Kim argues. “It requires everyone’s effort to create a seamless and fluid, inclusive environment.” She holds this sentiment as one of her core beliefs when interacting with both internal and external stakeholders.