Bas Vorsteveld, VP Commercial Excellence EMEA at GSK says:
"At GSK we strive to be a modern employer and realise that we perform at our best when we feel at our best. ‘Be You’ is one of the pillars of our modern employer agenda.
We believe strongly in inclusion and diversity. Not only is it the right way to do business, but it also leads to business success – unleashing the enormous potential of the differing knowledge, experiences, and styles of our people-, and enhancing our ability to respond to the differing needs of our patients and consumers. We all bring something unique to GSK, and when we combine our knowledge, experiences, and styles, the impact is incredible.
Our diversity commitment is to accelerate our gender diversity progress, aiming for over 37% female representation in senior roles by 2022. As of this year, we will run annual mandatory all-employee training on how to create an inclusive environment, making sure we all reduce conscious and unconscious bias in the workplace. There will also be a specific focus on inclusion and diversity in our new leadership development programmes. We will add new questions on creating an inclusive environment in our annual manager feedback One80 tool to see how our leaders are doing.
The LEAD network is for us an accelerator to bring our strategy alive. It gives our female population access to topics that will help to break down barriers. It will help the male community to realize their unconscious bias and take part in driving more diversity. The LEAD network inspires us with ideas and showcases success stories and should enable us to drive (scalable) best practise sharing. If we learn from each other and apply the learnings we will be unstoppable".