Bristol-Myers Squibb: Our Commitment

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Commitment to Equal
Employment Opportunity 

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, our commitment to a culture that is broadly inclusive and powerfully diverse expresses itself in everything we do and in every place we do it.  And as a critical component of our People Strategy – which is one of our company’s four objectives – it is something we work to strengthen at every level of the company and at every opportunity.

The reason for this is simple:  We know that a 21st century workforce must be truly global, truly gender- balanced and truly diverse.  It must also be truly inclusive.

We know that recognizing the value of people’s differences and leveraging the full complement of what people have to offer – different backgrounds, different perspectives, different expertise -- provides us with a broad range of scientific and business insights from which to draw upon.  This, in turn, helps us to achieve our patient-centered mission most effectively and most efficiently.

Equal Employment Opportunity is a vital, foundational component of our company culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We are deeply committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all of our employees and to maintaining a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. Each employee is expected to uphold the legal requirements of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and we ask that our vendors, partners and independent contractors also fully comply with this company policy. In so doing, we create a true culture of inclusion where business performance is enhanced.

This policy 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, gender 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.

Bristol-Myers Squibb also prohibits 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.

All of us must remain fully committed to the implementation of our company’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies.  As we move ahead, our ability to fully nurture and expand the diversity among us will become an even greater competitive advantage and will set the stage to develop innovative medicines and essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

With the full engagement and commitment of the Bristol-Myers Squibb senior leadership team and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council which I chair as CEO, we are committed to equal opportunity and have developed plans and launched efforts that we believe are the foundation for long-term success.  We are making progress and we’re on the right path. Our workforce is evolving to better reflect the changing demographics of the communities in which we do business and the patients we serve.  We are excited about what lies ahead for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and encourage you to explore how equal employment opportunity and diversity and inclusion are part of our long-term business strategy.

Click here to learn more about Global Diversity & Inclusion at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Click here to learn more about our People and Business Resource Groups.

Giovanni Caforio


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