Our Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity
At Bristol-Myers Squibb, people are at the center of everything we do -- inspiring our work, driving our success. We are a company of global employees who are committed to discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
It is therefore imperative that we get it right -- that we set ourselves up for success and that we deliver.
To that end, we have long placed a premium on providing our employees with the best possible work environment -- one that promotes equality, fairness, opportunity and mutual respect ... one that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion.
This is clear from the many accolades we receive annually from organizations, such as DiversityInc, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Association for Female Executives and Working Mother magazine. But more importantly, this is clear from the work being done by our various Employee Resource Groups and from the feedback we receive from colleagues throughout our company, throughout the world.
To us, maintaining a powerfully diverse and broadly inclusive work environment is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. It allows us to unleash the potential of our workforce, which is our competitive advantage. It is the reason for our success.
We remain fully committed to the implementation of our company’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies. All recruitment, hiring, training, advancement and other employment-related decisions are based on job-related requirements as well as individuals’ qualifications. With this in mind, our senior leaders in each business unit and location continue to promote our collective goal of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Bristol-Myers Squibb prohibits discrimination and harassment against any applicant, employee or third party (such as an outside vendor, consultant or customer) on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, citizenship, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The company will also provide reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified employee or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of our business.
We also prohibit retaliation against any individual who has complained of harassing or discriminatory conduct or participated in an investigation into such complaints. Specifically, employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in any of the following activities: opposing any act or practice made unlawful by any federal, state or local law, or their implementing regulations, which require equal employment opportunity, including for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities; or exercising any other right protected by any federal, state or local law, or their implementing regulations.
Taken together, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s commitment to equal opportunity is real and runs deep throughout the entire organization. It is who we are. It is what we do. It allows us to best meet the needs of our employees as well as the customers we serve.