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Diversity and Inclusion
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Diversity is just as crucial to building a successful business as it is to building a vibrant culture.
At Pfizer, colleagues of diverse backgrounds and abilities contribute unique viewpoints and perspectives to all aspects of the business, from drug development to marketing. Diverse colleagues offer a more personal understanding of our customers’ needs and concerns. Diverse teams are more collaborative, more accepting of difference, and more apt to embody balance between prudence and risk-taking. Diverse teams are also more effective in a global environment, helping make Pfizer the world leader in discovering, developing, and marketing innovative medicines to improve health and save lives.
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Integrated into Pfizer’s overall talent and organizational capability strategy, Pfizer’s Diversity and Inclusion team partners with colleagues in talent acquisition, learning and development, talent management, mentoring, and organizational culture to develop and implement programs that:
- Help colleagues appreciate the value of diversity and experience Pfizer as a fair and supportive environment in which to pursue a meaningful career
- Hold managers and leaders accountable for creating inclusive and equitable workplaces
- Allow patients, shareholders, and other stakeholders to realize the value of diversity through innovative product development and sound company stewardship
At Pfizer, colleagues of all backgrounds and abilities will find leaders who inspire them to top performance; managers trained to develop and nurture diverse talent; and a culture committed to helping each colleague build a fulfilling career and reach his or her full potential.
Ask a Pfizer colleague about Diversity and Inclusion at Pfizer, and you will hear a variety of responses:/p>
It's about inclusion and welcome.
It's about good business sense.
It's about understanding our customers.
It's about attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent.
It's about creating a culture that allows all colleagues to contribute their best work.
It's about having many different viewpoints so we can innovate, innovate, innovate!
It's about leading our industry and earning respect as a company.
All of those colleagues would be right, because at Pfizer, diversity is an integral part of the culture and the business.
Culture and Community
At Pfizer, our diverse team of colleagues is not only essential to business success, it also plays a crucial role in our ability to create a vibrant culture, both in our workplace and in the communities where our colleagues live and work.
Colleague Resource Groups
At Pfizer, colleagues will receive a warm welcome if they get involved in one of our more than 75 site-based Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) located throughout the world. Pfizer has CRGs focused on the following groups: Asians, Blacks, colleagues with disabilities, Latinos, LGBTA, Veterans, and Women. In Europe, Diversity Councils focus on all types of diversity.
CRGs are groups of colleagues who are part of and/or who support the goals of a diverse population. They offer support, developmental opportunities, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help their members enhance their skills and advance their careers. They also contribute their unique backgrounds and viewpoints to help advance Pfizer's business, and they help their outside communities by participating as a group in many volunteer and philanthropic activities.
Pfizer is a big believer in the power of mentoring—for both the mentor and the mentee. That's why we developed an exclusive Mentor Match online tool to facilitate the formation of mentoring relationships and why many of our CRGs take an active role in promoting and participating in mentoring.
Whether it's sponsoring scholarships for students, or sponsoring health fairs focused on the unique healthcare concerns of diverse populations, Pfizer's CRGs are as much about external community-building as they are about internal culture-building. And at Pfizer, the world is our community: we sponsor and support many philanthropic initiatives, such as our signature Global Health Fellows program, that help bring life-saving and health-enhancing medicines and healthcare practices to all corners of the globe.
Pfizer's CRGs support and partner with many external groups, such as the Asia Society, Black Ivy Alumni League, and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, to offer our colleagues networking and educational opportunities within a broader professional population. We also participate with these groups in talent recruitment and volunteer activities.
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Bringing innovative therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives requires us to have colleagues who approach problems from different angles based on different life experiences. It is with a diverse workforce that has wide-ranging capabilities and talents that we can address the world’s most important medical needs.
Chuck HillExecutive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resource
Pfizer provides a fair and supportive environment in which to pursue a meaningful career. Our colleagues appreciate the value of diversity. We hold managers and leaders accountable for creating inclusive and equitable workplaces and allow patients, shareholders and other stakeholders to realize the value of diversity through innovative product development and sound company stewardship.
Freda Lewis-HallChief Medical Officer and Chair, Diversity Worldwide Leadership Council
Diversity and inclusion are imperative to our business success as a global company. We must put our words into action by exhibiting inclusive behaviors and demonstrating respect for the individual in everything that we do.
Beth McCormickVice President, Talent Planning & Inclusion
Career success means different things to different people. We guide colleagues to determine their own definition of success and then we provide the tools, programs, environment and skills to help them realize their career goals.