Our People

Biogen attracts some of the world’s leading innovative minds – people who care deeply and work fearlessly every day to change lives for the better.

The people of Biogen make us who we are and we couldn’t be more proud. Our differences fuel innovation in a workplace where people are empowered to learn, grow and build rewarding careers. In 2020 we continued to build programs and to engage our people in support of our global growth strategy. Together, we endeavor to drive greater patient outcomes and be a positive force in the world.

Read about our innovative work in our 2020 Year in Review report.


Minita Shah-Mara, Head of Biogen’s Organization Effectiveness and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, challenges leaders and employees to be more vulnerable and empowers us to foster a more inclusive workplace.


Prioritizing Health and Well-Being During the Pandemic

2020 was an extremely difficult year, and all of us at Biogen rallied together to support our patients, colleagues and communities. As a company that cares deeply about employee well-being, Biogen rapidly expanded health and safety measures ensuring people required to work on-site had access to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves, sanitizers and safe supplies, and that effective virus-control protocols were in place, always following the latest science. We also allocated $15 million in emergency relief and care to support our people and their loved ones in navigating unprecedented challenges. 

Learn more about how Biogen supported employees, patients and communities through our COVID-19 response.


Delivering a culture of data democratization to impact Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In 2020 Biogen launched a new effort to give HR professionals and business leaders greater access to workforce data. Biogen’s People Analytics Dashboard provides metrics to drive transparency and accountability with Biogen’s talent priorities. These insights are an important step toward understanding gaps and implementing solutions while maintaining the confidentiality and privacy of our employees.


Our Culture

Our corporate culture is guided by our credo of Caring Deeply, Working Fearlessly and Changing Lives™.

As the periodic table of elements documents the building blocks of our universe, the Biogen Elements shape our company’s culture: pioneering spirit, strong ethics, personal accountability, inclusivity, agility and unwavering customer focus. Biogen Elements are a celebration — and reminder — of all that makes us unique, and all that unites us as one Biogen.

Every day our people generously share their time, talent and financial resources to enrich the world. In 2020 we stepped up to meet the challenges of the pandemic. Biogen employees volunteered more than 4,370 hours around the world and donated more than $2.5 million, including the Biogen Foundation’s employee-matching gifts. 

Visit our Community section to learn more about how Biogen and our people supported our communities. 

To read more about our credo and core values, visit our  Code of Business Conduct.  


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our overall commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) starts at the top. In 2020, we launched our new four-part DE&I strategy:

  1. Build company-wide awareness, capability and urgency to foster and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment.
  2. Build an intentional high-performing, engaged, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline. 
  3.  Improve health outcomes for African American, Black, Latinx and other minority communities in the disease areas we treat. 
  4. Improve economic empowerment and expand sourcing with minority-owned businesses. 

With the support of global affiliates and functions, we identify opportunities and gaps to continue to grow our inclusive culture and build on our progress. 

Learn more about Biogen’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy, goals and our key performance metrics.


Employee Engagement

Our Total Rewards are employee-centric and holistic, focusing on physical and emotional well-being, financial support and career development. In 2020 we introduced new resources and continued to offer high-impact opportunities for learning and development including our Women’s Leadership Program and Executive Leadership Retreat. We introduced new employee resources such as Employee and Family Solutions, a new global employee assistance program, elevated our Flexible Work Arrangements and announced the expansion of our paid parental bonding leave benefits to support employees who have a newborn or adopted child.

In 2020 membership increased by more than 30% across Biogen’s seven Employee Resource Networks (ERNs). Biogen employees also launched a new ERN called ourIMPACT, which focuses on environmental sustainability and its links to human health.

For more details about the benefits we offer our employees and how we foster and engaging workplace, see our full Year In Review.




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