At Celgene, we assume the best in others and recognize the value of diverse points of view as we work to do what’s best for patients and for Celgene. We honor the contribution that each employee makes, and recognize that differences in life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and work and life styles add value to our business and unite us as a company. Only by appreciating the talents, backgrounds and diverse perspectives of each employee can we do our best work in honor of the patients we serve.
We also understand the importance of appreciating the uniqueness of each individual and supporting diversity within the communities in which our employees reside and where Celgene does business. A culturally sensitive and diverse workforce is better able to serve our customers’ needs and generate the wealth of ideas that are vital to innovation and growth.
Women comprise 53.6 percent of our global workforce and received 52.3 percent of all promotions as of December 31, 2016. Celgene has been a partner of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) since 2006 and annually recognizes our HBA Rising Stars within the organization, providing visibility organization-wide to the talent and accomplishments of our female employees. Minority employees make up 33.5 percent of our US workforce and received 36 percent of all promotions in the United States. Celgene’s global workforce includes employees in 39 countries.
As a result of our diversity and inclusion- focused initiatives, our Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index score — which rates American workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality — increased from 70 in 2016 to 75 in 2017. We continue to work to improve diversity and inclusion throughout Celgene.