Baxter believes an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce can drive innovation, create trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community partners, and contribute to the success and sustainability of the business. This thinking forms the foundation of Baxter's global inclusion strategy, which is directly linked to one of the company's aspirations to be inclusive in the way we work with all stakeholders and to commit to attracting, motivating and retaining a diverse workforce.
Baxter's global inclusion strategy focuses on four key areas: workforce, workplace, communities and marketplace.
Building a globally diverse organization
Creating an inclusive culture in which diversity is valued
Building partnerships with community-based organizations that embrace and support diverse stakeholder group
Creating competitive advantage by promoting Baxter’s commitment to inclusion through its brand, customers and supplier partnerships
To advance these areas, Baxter has introduced several initiatives.
"Baxter’s commitment to inclusion and diversity directly advances our mission to save and sustain lives. Different backgrounds and perspectives drive innovative thinking to benefit patients and healthcare professionals while making our business sustainable and relevant to all we serve."José (Joe) Almeida
Chairman and CEO
Fair Opportunity for All Employees
Inclusion & Diversity Training
All employees complete inclusion and diversity training designed to enhance understanding of why inclusion and diversity are critical to Baxter's success. Additionally, managers attend a half-day inclusion and diversity workshop. The focus of the workshop is to equip managers in their efforts to create and sustain inclusive culture at Baxter.
"We've made our focus on global inclusion a long-term priority since an inclusive workplace is critical to our success and to employee satisfaction. In fact, we have a number of activities underway to help Baxter recruit, hire and retain talent from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. And, we are committed to a culture where all employees can collaborate and work together effectively"Jeanne Mason
Corporate Vice President, Human Resources
Global Inclusion Council
The Global Inclusion Council provides thought leadership, guidance and support to enhance Baxter's inclusive culture. Composed of leaders from the company's businesses, regions and functions worldwide, the council's charter is to:
- Promote and advocate Baxter's inclusion philosophy and initiatives.
- Identify issues and barriers in the workplace that could impact an inclusive culture.
- Recommend new ideas or initiatives to accelerate an inclusive culture.
- Identify opportunities to leverage existing initiatives across the company.
- Ensure inclusion initiatives align to Baxter's business priorities.
Business Resource Groups
Business Resource Groups (BRGs) provide a forum for employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives. These groups support Baxter's business goals and aim to enhance personal growth and multicultural understanding, while strengthening relationships among employees, customers, business partners and community partners.
Baxter has eight established BRGs: the African American Leadership Council, Asian Leadership Network, Baxter Equality Network, Baxter Women Leaders, Baxter EnAbles, BaxVets, Early Career Professionals and Latinos@Baxter. These BRGs are expanding to include chapters in Europe, India and China.
Other Business & Regional Initiatives
In the Community
Baxter also supports and participates in education programs that promote diversity and inclusion in the next generation to enter the work force.
- Science@Work, Expanding Minds with Real-World Science, a multi-year commitment to Chicago Public Schools to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology.
- Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, a charter school in Chicago consisting predominantly of Latino students, which prepares students for success in healthcare careers.
- Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching law, democracy and human rights, particularly among groups underrepresented in the legal field.
Baxter is committed to the inclusion of diverse businesses (small, minority- and women-owned) in its sourcing and procurement decisions to reflect the demographics of Baxter's global customers. The company works to develop mutually beneficial relationships with these suppliers, embracing their importance in many communities.
Learn more about opportunities for small and diverse suppliers.
Several leading organizations and publications have recognized Baxter for its inclusion and diversity efforts, including 2020 Women on Boards, Aon Best Employers, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, Catalyst, Chicago United, DiversityInc, Great Places to Work Institute, Human Rights Campaign, Japan's Women's Innovative Network, the Korea Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Másfamilia Foundation, Meritus, Nikkei Woman, Thomson Reuters, Victory Media, publisher of the Military Friendly® Employers list, Woman Engineer, and Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals magazine.