Global Diversity & Inclusion

At Biogen, we believe that having a diverse and inclusive workplace allows us to empower our global workforce, foster innovation and achieve better business results. It leads to better teamwork and collaboration, creates a climate of respect and trust, reinforces cultural competence and helps to drive success with our patients, providers and suppliers.  

We embrace talent from all backgrounds and foster a work environment where all employees feel inspired to do their best work. By advancing the power of difference, we will continue to be a company of choice for employees and succeed in our mission to be pioneers in neuroscience.

 

Our Diversity & Inclusion Philosophy and Strategy

Our Mission: To create, nurture and sustain a global, inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our patients and employees.

Our Vision: Advance the Power of Difference.

Our Strategy: The Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy was created by the Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Council to support the strategic priorities of Biogen, and to promote a culture of ownership and accountability with respect to diversity and inclusion. The Council sets the overall strategy and approach for global diversity and inclusion and advises on implementation.

  • Build Inclusive Talent Systems: We aim to disrupt bias that may occur during key moments of decision-making across the talent lifecycle.
  • Everyone Owns Diversity & Inclusion: We embed diversity and inclusion principles and practices into all parts of the business so that we can be inclusive role models for those inside and outside of the company.
  • Drive Health Equity in the Disease Areas We Treat: We are committed to understanding and addressing the issue of health disparities and inequity in the disease areas we treat. 

 

Employee Resource Networks

Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) 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. Employees interested in advancing inclusion are welcome to join any network.

 

AccessAbility

The AccessAbility network is the 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 building disability awareness and creating timely resources for employees with a disability, as well as providing resources for employees who are caregivers. The network has two chapters: one for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and one for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Biogen Veterans Network

The Biogen Veterans Network focuses on engaging and empowering veterans. Veterans are 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 Biogen Veterans Network aims to bring the experience and competencies of veterans to Biogen’s workforce. Biogen has also been recognized as a military-friendly employer by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Ignite

Ignite is our Employee Resource Network for early-career professionals and their advocates. It will create an engaged working environment for those who are early-career, provide opportunities to connect with other early-career professionals, encourage collaboration with mid-to late career employees and demonstrate a deep commitment to social responsibility.

Our vision is an inclusive community for those early in their careers, and a collaborative relationship with experienced employees that furthers the growth and development of all Biogen employees and the advancement of the company’s overall mission.

Mosaic

Mosaic, our multicultural network, aims to foster awareness, appreciation and collaboration within Biogen through a richer understanding of our employees’ cultural heritage and identity differences.

Mosaic’s 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 and supports a best-in-class working environment for LGBTQ employees.

Our company has a long history of supporting workplace equality. Our policies and actions include enhanced benefit programs to better support the health of our transgender employees, and corporate sponsorship and participation of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Pride Boston, Pride Durham and Pride Zürich.

Since 2013 Biogen has been rated 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, the benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

Women’s Innovation Network (WIN)

The Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) is 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 further drives increased 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 1,400+ members – both women and men – in chapters at all of our major Biogen offices worldwide.

 

Commitment to the Community

Biogen is deeply committed to furthering Diversity & Inclusion outside of its walls. From supporting underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to being advocates for marginalized communities, we seek opportunities to exemplify greater corporate social responsibility.

  • We supported the ‘Yes on 3’ Campaign, which aimed to keep protections in place for the transgender community in spaces of public accommodation.
  • We signed open letters denouncing the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and an immigration ban of Muslim countries.
  • We support global inclusion for the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Parades around the world.


In addition to hosting internal and external events that focus on accountability, ownership and innovation in diversity and inclusion, Biogen is committed to supporting and attending conferences that focus on and elevate those who are underrepresented. As part of our global Diversity & Inclusion Talent Acquisition Strategy, we are committed to engaging with the community to assure we are bringing in a rich mix of talent of all backgrounds, perspectives and experiences into the organization.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR) has additional information on our commitment to the community. It also includes public data on our demographic representation in the company.

For more information, the Diversity & Inclusion and People section of our most recent CSR can be found here.

 

 

Awards and Recognitions

Biogen has been named as a company of choice for our efforts and leadership in diversity and inclusion. These include a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index since 2014, Forbes Best Employers for Diversity/Women, Best Workplaces for Women Italy and recognitions for our industry-leading Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Biogen 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.
  • Ensure that all individuals are compensated equitably for similar work and have an equal opportunity to contribute and advance in the workplace.

Workforce Development, Diversity & Inclusion Principles (WDDI)

We are dedicated to being at the forefront of efforts to develop both a diverse and talented global workforce and an 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 (WDDI) adopted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

Supplier Diversity

Visit our page on how we broaden our Supplier Diversity efforts globally.