Inclusion and Diversity
Baxter believes that an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce can drive innovation, create trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community partners and ultimately, contribute to the success and sustainability of the business. This thinking forms the foundation of Baxter's global inclusion strategy, which is directly linked to one of the company's key shared values-respect for individuals and the diverse contributions of all.
Baxter's global inclusion strategy focuses on four key areas-workforce, workplace, communities and marketplace (see sidebar). To advance these areas, Baxter has introduced several initiatives.
- Fair Opportunity for All Employees
- Inclusion and Diversity Training
- Global Inclusion Council
- Business Resource Groups
- Other Business and Regional Initiatives
- In the Community
- Supplier Diversity
Fair Opportunity for All Employees
Baxter is committed to providing opportunities for all employees, and recognizes that every individual's unique background and experiences contribute to a successful organization. Discrimination in hiring, promotion and all other employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws is prohibited. Baxter's global operations comply with applicable laws and company business standards around the world. Employees are encouraged to raise any issues or concerns they might have through one of the channels fully outlined in the company's "Prohibition of Workplace Harassment" policy.
Inclusion and Diversity Training
All employees complete inclusion and diversity training designed to enhance understanding of why inclusion and diversity are critical to Baxter's success. Additionally, managers attend a half-day inclusion and diversity workshop. The focus of the workshop is to equip managers in their efforts to create and sustain inclusive culture at Baxter.
Global Inclusion Council
The Global Inclusion Council provides thought leadership, guidance and support to enhance Baxter's inclusive culture. Composed of leaders from the company's businesses, regions and functions worldwide, the council's charter is to
- Promote and advocate Baxter's inclusion philosophy and initiatives
- Identify issues and barriers in the workplace that could impact an inclusive culture
- Recommend new ideas or initiatives to accelerate an inclusive culture
- Identify opportunities to leverage existing initiatives across the company
- Ensure inclusion initiatives align to Baxter's business priorities.
Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups (BRGs) provide a forum for employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives. These groups support Baxter's business goals and aim to enhance personal growth and multicultural understanding, while strengthening relationships among employees, customers, business partners and community partners.
Baxter has eight established BRGs, the African American Leadership Council, Asian Leadership Network, Baxter Equality Network, Baxter Women Leaders, Baxter EnAbles, BaxVets, Early Career Professionals and Latinos@Baxter. The BRG for women employees, Baxter Women Leaders, has expanded to include chapters in Europe, India and China. Early Career Professionals and the Baxter Equality Network have grown to include chapters in Austria.
Other Business and Regional Initiatives
Baxter is involved in inclusion and diversity initiatives at its facilities around the world. In Latin America and Canada, Baxter sponsors an annual Inclusion and Diversity Week, during which teams across the region participate in a variety of activities including town hall meetings, volunteer opportunities and training sessions. In Western Europe, a "Boomers and Millennials" reverse mentoring initiative matches Baxter employees who are recent graduates with senior, long-term Baxter employees to facilitate exchange of ideas on how the different generations can collaborate effectively and learn from each other. In Asia, 14 countries are focused on advancing women to critical leadership positions.
In the Community
- Science@Work, Expanding Minds with Real-World Science, a multi-year commitment to Chicago Public Schools to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology
- Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, a charter school in Chicago consisting predominantly of Latino students, which prepares students for success in healthcare careers
- Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching law, democracy and human rights, particularly among groups underrepresented in the legal field.
- 21st Century Advantage, a program at Howard University in which students can take courses in business orientation, team building and leadership development and are sponsored by a corporation. Baxter serves as a sponsor and facilitates on-site training sessions and offers internship and employment opportunities.
Baxter is committed to the inclusion of diverse businesses (small, minority- and women-owned businesses) in its sourcing and procurement decisions to reflect the demographics of Baxter's global customers. The company works to develop mutually beneficial relationships with these suppliers, embracing their importance in many communities.
Several leading organizations and publications have recognized Baxter for its inclusion and diversity efforts, including the Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, Catalyst, Great Places to Work Institute, Human Rights Campaign, Japan's Women's Innovative Network, the Korea Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Másfamilia Foundation, meritus, DiversityInc and Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals magazine.