Inclusion and diversity

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At AstraZeneca, our inclusion and diversity (I&D) mission is to create an inclusive and equitable environment where people belong, using our diversity as a competitive advantage to push the boundaries of science and deliver life-changing medicine to patients.

Our global commitment to I&D sits within our great place to work strategic priority. I&D is central to our commitment to being a great place to work for the benefit of our employees, our business and for society. I&D is woven into the fabric of everything we do, reflected in our Values and the behaviours that underpin them.

See how we turn commitments into action in our Sustainability Report 2023

Our I&D strategy

We have three key focus areas which work together to deliver our global I&D strategy:


We aim to cultivate inclusion and belonging by fostering an environment where everyone feels valued, heard and respected. 


We are working to build and sustain a diverse leadership and talent pipeline by embedding I&D into our ways of working and creating conditions for all people to succeed and thrive.


Together we are focused on advancing societal change through our commitment to health equity, clinical trial diversity and supplier diversity.

Our employee resource groups

AstraZeneca Employee Resource Groups (AZ ERGs) are part of the fabric of our company and are fundamental to our progress. They are voluntary, employee-led groups formed based on shared experiences that raise diversity awareness and promote business and societal impact.

AZ ERGs help to create a sense of community and belonging through connecting and supporting people who share the same dimensions of diversity. They also empower employees to speak their mind and share their voice and perspective, because they feel psychologically safe to do so.

We believe that when individuals have the support and backing of a community of collective and allied voices, they are more likely to contribute and fulfil their potential, which gives us our competitive advantage as an organisation.

We have a total of 19 AZ ERGs; some with a global presence and others with a specific country presence and focussing on locally relevant topics. Our AZ ERGs reflect various shared affinities, identities and experiences, such as:

  • Cancer at Work
  • Disabilities
  • Early Talent
  • Healthcare professionals and scientists
  • Mental Health
  • Military Support
  • Neurodiversity
  • Racial, cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Women
  • Working parents and caregivers

Discover some of our I&D stories

Join us at AstraZeneca and become part of an inclusive and diverse team that celebrates difference

It’s important to us that our workforce represents the rich diversity of the patients and communities in which we operate so that we can be at our most innovative and deliver life-changing medicines.

The diversity of our employees makes us the innovation-driven company that we are today, standing firmly among the world’s leaders in biopharmaceuticals.

Veeva ID: Z4-53050
Date of preparation: April 2023