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Baxter Named One of the Best Places to Work in Europe

Baxter recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the best workplaces among multinationals

Baxter has been recognized by the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Institute as one of the best places to work in Europe. At a recent ceremony at the Pavillon Gabriel in Paris, the GPTW Institute announced Baxter's inclusion in the 2011 list of the best workplaces among Multinational Companies in Europe. Baxter's ranking is the result of having nine of its European sites – in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland -- included this year in national GPTW listings

The Great Place to Work Institute reviews, assesses and recognizes the best companies to work for based on the results of a survey answered by staff and HR managers. In the anonymous survey conducted last year, Baxter employees in sixteen countries were asked to rate various areas of their workplace experience, including respect, trust, fairness, pride and team. The assessment also included a profile of Baxter's culture, focusing on areas such as cultural diversity, managerial effectiveness, absentee rates and development. 

“Being recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute during our first participation in the assessment is an achievement of which we are particularly proud” said Carole Le Meur, vice president of human resources for Baxter's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Baxter's goal in participating was not only to determine how its workplace environment compares with that of other companies, but more important, to learn from the feedback of Baxter staff to become even better.

Baxter EMEA President Peter Nicklin believes inclusion on the GPTW lists at national and European levels is due in part to the company's focus on fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment while encouraging staff in the pursuit of their respective development opportunities.


 From left to right: José Tolovi Jr., Global CEO of Great Place to Work Institute, Carole Le Meur, Vice-president HR Baxter EMEA and Peter Nicklin, President Baxter EMEA

Nicklin added that "Baxter's focus on life-threatening diseases such as hemophilia, immune disorders and kidney failure, where the safety and well being of patients comes first, provides a strong foundation for our employees' values - reinforcing the belief that we can make a difference with our work."