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.
As a Latino in biotech, my goal is more than simply bringing diversity of thought and opinion to the organization. It’s ensuring that our voices are actually heard.”
US, Commercial, he/him/hisREAD HIS STORY
“As a Latino in biotech, my goal is more than simply bringing diversity of thought and opinion to the organization. It’s ensuring that our voices are actually heard.”
Hector’s career at Alexion has spanned multiple roles across the commercial sales organization. He started his journey in global marketing with a focus on atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) before transitioning to leadership roles in global training and development. Today, Hector is the head of the global commercial training organization with teams based in Boston, Zurich, Munich, and Tokyo. “The ability to interact with colleagues across our global organization to advance our efforts to help patients and their families is one of the best aspects of my role at Alexion,” he notes.
Hector describes his career in biotech as one of growth and personal discovery. Currently pursuing an MBA, he has applied his education around organizational dynamics to help build the diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) strategy at Alexion. Hector’s personal passion for DI&B also fuels his work. “As a Latino in biotech, my goal is more than simply bringing diversity of thought and opinion to the organization,” he explains. “It’s ensuring that our voices are actually heard…that we all have a seat at the table as decisions are made.”
Hector believes this focus goes beyond altruism, and that there is a direct business impact as well. “Diversity of thought makes us stronger and better able to handle challenges and ambiguity—a significant competitive advantage.”
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.
I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.”
US, Human Experience, he/him/hisREAD HIS STORY
Human Experience, he/him/his
“I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.”
As someone whose experience and insight are deeply personal, Austen treasures the ability to serve our patients and our employees. He began his career at Alexion as People & Culture Lead, partnering with the US Commercial organization to drive and deliver our employee experience strategy.
Austen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the end of 2019. Still determined to make an impact, he moved into our Patient Experience function as Patient & Employee Experience Lead with strong support from leadership. As is common with ALS, Austen’s condition has quickly progressed, and he is now fully dependent on a wheelchair.
“This experience has not discouraged me, however, and I am more committed than ever for something good to come from this devastating diagnosis,” Austen notes. “I have made it my personal and professional goal to leverage my own journey to enhance the patient experience and better connect it to that of the employee.” Diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) is key to that ambition. Alexion’s employee population should mirror the communities we serve, inclusive of race, culture, health status, and ability level, for these perspectives are critical to our industry’s ability to innovate and find transformational therapies for patients.