GSK - champion of gender equality

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with over 99,000 employees that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world. The mission of GSK is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. GSK is headquartered in the UK and has a wide geographical reach. GSK has offices in more than 115 countries, major research centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 87 sites globally.

GSK focuses on creating an inclusive environment where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. An inclusive environment welcomes different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles from across our global population. This not only enhances individual empowerment, creativity and innovation, but makes good business sense.

Being an inclusive employer enables us to better understand and respond to the needs of patients and healthcare workers in all our markets and helps us attract, retain and motivate a workforce that reflects the many communities in which we operate and with whom we work.

Our commitments:

  • Continue to promote inclusion and diversity globally at GSK
  • Continue to create a working environment that inspires people to grow and perform in a healthy and resilient way.
  • Extend volunteering opportunities to bring about positive change to communities and global health while providing individual development

We want our people to do their best work in a way that not only meets the needs of the business, but also their individual needs. This is why we take flexible working so seriously. We believe flexible working empowers staff to successfully address the personal and professional requirements and demands that they face at the different stages of their lives. Our approach is to support flexible working arrangements when they can make life better for our employees without negatively impacting on the business. Flexible hours, part-time working, job shares and working from different locations are all examples of thinking flexibly about the way you work.

GSK’s aim is to enable gender equity in senior roles by identifying and addressing attitudes that may create barriers to achieving this goal. We have introduced gender targeted individual and group coaching as part of our overall development plans and sponsorship for emerging talent.  GSK are also inviting men and women to join dialogue sessions to discuss what helps and hinders effective gender diversity to build greater awareness of gender difference in the workplace and empower individuals to enact change.

The percentage of women in management continues to rise. Five of our non-executive directors are women (representing 31% of the Board) exceeding our goal to have more than 25% female board representation by 2013. 3 members of our Corporate Executive Team are women (representing 23% of the team). GSK ranked third in the 2013 Female FTSE 100 Board Report, a study of women’s representation on the boards of the UK’s top companies. 

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