Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion principles and practices are infused into our global culture. We embrace talent from all backgrounds and foster a work environment where all employees feel empowered to do their best work.

We focus on:

  • Inclusion. Act as a more globally inclusive, bias-free and culturally competent company.
  • Sustainability. Establish diversity and inclusion principles as a natural part of how we do business.
  • Patient diversity. Understand differences in our patient communities.
  • Representation. Ensure that we attract, develop and retain talent from all backgrounds and promote education and acceptance through our Employee Resource Networks (ERNs).
  • Supplier diversity. Broaden our supplier diversity efforts globally. Learn more.

We are dedicated to being at the forefront of efforts to develop a diverse and talented global workforce and inclusive culture to unlock the full potential of that workforce. In addition to our robust internal and external programs, we also support the Workforce Development, Diversity, & Inclusion principles adopted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

 

How We Do It

Our approach relies on partnerships among dedicated resources and cross-functional volunteers:

  • Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Council (DISC) is a governing body of members representing all business areas. It sets overall strategy and approach for global diversity and inclusion and advises on implementation.
  • Our Diversity & Inclusion team within Human Resources offers strategic and day-to-day direction on implementation.
  • Employee volunteers design and lead many Diversity & Inclusion efforts, particularly our Employee Resource Networks. 

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Our company welcomes all job applicants, and we strive to provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment based on an individual's sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by local government agencies or law.

As an employer of choice, we strive to:

  • Provide attractive employment opportunities for diverse candidates at all levels and in all segments of our organization.
  • Pursue and maintain relationships with sources of diverse candidates, community organizations and academic institutions.
  • Comply with both the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws and regulations relating to nondiscrimination and affirmative action in employment.

 

Employee Resource Networks

Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) and communities of practice are internal groups for employees of shared characteristics, life experiences and interests. These networks provide opportunities to share knowledge, find mentors, and receive support – which can be invaluable resources for career development.

 

AccessAbility

The AccessAbility network is the newest network for employees with disabilities, those who are caretakers of individuals with a disability, and their allies. The network’s mission is to foster a culture of awareness, advocacy and inclusion to empower employees with disabilities and care partners to bring their best selves to work in order to make the biggest impact for those we serve. This network focuses on disability awareness, creating timely resources for employees with a disability, as well as providing resources for employees who are caregivers.

Most recently, we have created two new chapters for employees with multiple sclerosis (MS) and for employees with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or those who are care partners of individuals with these diseases.

 

Mosaic

This ERN’s mission is to foster awareness, appreciation, and collaboration within Biogen through a richer understanding of our employees’ cultural heritage and identity differences.

Our vision is to be an action-oriented, global, and diverse force that eliminates barriers, adventurously collaborates and unites differences by building a strong foundation that generates forward-thinking leaders.

 

ReachOUT

ReachOUT is our network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) employees, along with their straight allies. ReachOUT works to increase awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community within Biogen, supports a best-in-class working environment for LGBTQ employees and exemplifies our commitment to social responsibility and innovation.

Our company has a long history of supporting workplace equality. Within the US, our policies and actions include:

  • Enhanced benefit programs to better support the health of our transgender employees
  • Corporate sponsorship of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Pride Boston and Pride Durham
  • Support for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2012. Biogen was one of the first businesses to call for an end to this discriminatory legislation
  • Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • For the past four years, Biogen has been rated 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, the U.S. benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning employees.

 

Biogen Veterans Network

Outreach to veterans, engagement and empowerment are the focus of this ERN. Veterans are already recognized as an important part of our diverse community. Heightened visibility and increased knowledge help colleagues understand the unique attributes and leadership capabilities that veterans offer while enhancing veterans’ capabilities.

In collaboration with our recruitment team, the Veterans Network aims to bring the experience and competencies of veterans to Biogen’s workforce. 

Biogen has been recognized as a military-friendly employer by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

 

Women's Innovation Network (WIN)

More than half of Biogen’s employees are women. We are committed to ensuring this employee population is fully included, engaged and valued at all levels of our company. In addition to creating networking, mentoring and learning opportunities, WIN helps us increase representation of women in senior leadership positions.

In recent years, WIN has focused on strengthening gender intelligence, particularly highlighting the role of men as allies. WIN has 1,200+ members -- both women and men -- in chapters at all of our major Biogen offices worldwide.

Activities include:

  • Career and networking events that build capacity for women’s leadership
  • Inspirational events that celebrate women’s innovation and success
  • Leadership conferences held globally
  • Partnerships with women's professional organizations relevant to our industry