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Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Our differences lead to better science

At Amgen, we are committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and inclusion is the norm. This is central to our ability to thrive, and is critical to operate as a team, to best serve our patients and to reduce inequities globally. We approach this on-going, important work by drawing inspiration from science, where continuous learning builds knowledge over time to drive discovery and innovation and ultimately create profound change.

Images showing diversity, inclusion and belonging in text.

Our vision is that together, we create an environment where we feel included and we belong. When we feel a sense of belonging, we can feel proud to be part of Amgen, and can thrive and connect as our best selves, fostering innovation and delivering for patients.

We encourage all types of visible and invisible diversity and aspire to mirror the patient communities we serve and the local communities we are part of. Our global presence is also strengthened by having a workforce that reflects this diversity.

Our commitment to diversity is articulated in our values and reflected throughout the organization. Our leaders role model these values and set the direction for our Diversity, inclusion and belonging (DI&B) priorities, ensuring this culture is truly embedded in our organisation through targeted efforts and actions. Each of the countries in our region is accountable for taking actions that help us work towards our vision.

DI&B is an important component of Amgen's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Amgen is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

A diverse and inclusive workforce empowers us to innovate and better represent our patients.

Diversity of thought, experience, and culture should and must be the norm. We are on an ongoing journey that is both proactive and sustainable, to become a truly diverse and inclusive organization. This journey requires deliberate and constant action and enables us to continue to foster innovation and drive our ability to serve patients.

As an organization committed to being science based, we follow a continuous learning approach to advance science, driving discovery and igniting innovation that works to help reduce disease. We embed this approach in our mindsets and behaviors, bringing diversity of people and thought to this process.

We put people who are different — across countries, races, gender, religion, cognitively diverse — together to work toward one common goal: getting medicine to patients.

When we realise the power of inclusion and belonging, we all win.

Inclusion empowers us all to bring the full range of our skills and experience to our work—and to achieve our fullest potential. The ability to address issues and challenges with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving and effective solutions. We want all our people to be engaged in this and feel they have a voice that is encouraged and valued

We pursue connectivity and encourage diverse points of view – often by tapping into our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These are groups of employees organized around a primary diversity attribute that promote employee development, professional growth and inspiration and create a sense of belonging for members.

The groups achieve this by arranging events and shining a light on activities that help build a culture of inclusion and belonging, such as International Women’s Day and PRIDE month. They also impact our business by providing diverse perspectives and expertise.

In Europe we have a number of ERGs:

Giving our non local staff a strong sense of belonging:

  • The International ERG in Breda, Netherlands

Promoting gender diversity:

  • The Balance Network in Rotkreuz, Switzerland
  • Women Empowered to be Exceptional (WE2) in Breda, Netherlands & Co Dublin, Ireland

Network for our LGBTQ Employees and Allies

  • PRIDE chapter, Region Europe
  • PRIDE chapter, Co Dublin, Ireland

View examples of Amgen’s commitment to DI&B across Europe

What our people tell us

An internal survey conducted in September 2020 told us that in our region, our people have a strong sense of belonging, with 83% feeling positively engaged (compared to an industry benchmark of 74%). As well as feeling a strong sense of belonging, our people tell us they work in an environment that’s free from harassment and discrimination, and they feel free to speak their mind without fear of negative consequence.

Graph showing result of Amgen Europe DI&B pulse survey.

Recognition of our culture: awards and accolades

Our culture is what makes Amgen special and this exceptional culture has been recognized worldwide. We have won numerous employer awards for diversity and inclusion, corporate responsibility, positive workplace culture, raising public health awareness and environmental stewardship.

In Europe, Amgen has won the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Award across numerous sites as well as regional recognition.

With endorsement from senior management and engagement with senior leaders across the organization, Amgen has implemented a global strategy designed to leverage our diversity and create a more inclusive workplace. Our priorities are:

Global:

  • Increasing the percentage of women in manager and above roles
  • Increasing the percentage of women in senior vice president and above roles, which is also defined as our operating team

United States:

  • Increasing the percentage of African Americans in science titles
  • Increasing the percentage of African Americans and Hispanics in executive director and above roles

This new strategy is intended to help Amgen successfully navigate a complex global marketplace as we bring more medicines to more patients around the world. Amgen is setting goals in order to improve our focus. These goals will also serve as a baseline for measuring our progress toward a more inclusive workplace.

Employee Resource Groups (ERG's) are a tool we use to promote and support as well as illustrate the impact and value that has on our business. There are currently nine Global ERG's at Amgen, all with executive sponsorship, that are organized around a primary diversity dimension. We provide leaders and managers with training and tools to lead a diverse workforce and create an inclusive environment.

Amgen Asian Association 

Amgen Black Employees Network

Ability Bettered through Leadership and Education

Amgen Early Career Professionals

Amgen Indian Subcontinent Network

Amgen Latino Employees Network

Amgen PRIDE – LGBTQ and Allies Network

Amgen Veterans Employees Network

Women Empowered to be Exceptional

For more information on Amgen's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Culture and Careers, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on Amgen Careers.