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Employees Overview

We recognize that our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of our employees.

A positive, inclusive and high-performing work environment is essential for employees to feel welcomed and valued, and to fully achieve their business objectives.

Harnessing the knowledge and insights of a globally diverse workforce requires leadership, a corporate culture of respect and full engagement, and a thoughtful and strategic approach to workplace inclusion and employee development and well-being—physical, emotional, social and financial.

We are:

  • Committed to fostering development and rewarding talent
  • Dedicated to diversity and inclusion at every level of the organization
  • Adept at recognizing unique skill sets and nurturing employees’ talents

Employees by region

World map of employees by region: North America 35.1%, Europe 29.3%, Japan 5.1%, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa 4.4%, Asia 18.2%

Global diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our success and core to future innovation. We foster a culture of inclusion and belonging where all employees feel welcomed and valued, a culture where we regard every individual as a source of competitive advantage in our larger mission of saving and improving lives. Learn more about our global diversity and inclusion efforts.

Learning and development

As we pursue our goal of becoming the world’s premier research-based biopharmaceutical company, we need to continuously develop our diverse and talented people. They are a clear competitive advantage for us, and their active engagement matters. Learn more about our learning and development efforts.

Employee well-being

For over 125 years, our company has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines to address many of the world’s most challenging diseases. We must lead by example. Therefore we are committed to helping our employees and their families be healthy and stay safe. Only when our employees feel their best, in all aspects of their lives, can they perform at their highest level. Learn more about our employee well-being efforts.


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Number of employees (approximate)70,000  68,000  68,000  69,000 69,000