Ensuring Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Building Diverse, High-Performing Teams
At Baxter, diversity, equity and inclusion is about building diverse, high-performing teams that are engaged and innovative, and advancing company culture so that every employee feels valued, respected and safe to be their authentic self. We are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining a diverse workforce to better address the needs of our employees, customers, suppliers, patients and caregivers. By valuing differences like gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, age, veterans and people with disabilities, we make a difference in the lives of millions worldwide.
Our global strategy focuses on four key areas:
- Workforce: Recruit and build diverse and high-performing teams that are engaged and innovative
- Workplace: Advance the company’s inclusive culture where every employee feels valued, respected and safe to be their authentic self
- Communities: Cultivate strategic and diverse supplier and community partnerships
- Marketplace: Consider the needs of customers and their patients in all aspects of Baxter’s business
"Baxter is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that attracts, engages and retains a diverse workforce to drive healthcare innovation that betters the lives of the patients we serve."
Joe Almeida, Chairman and CEO
"Our Mission to Save and Sustain Lives is deeply rooted in our organization. Of equal importance is our steadfast commitment to transform culture, drive innovation and accelerate our business through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion."Angela Lee, Chief Diversity Officer
To advance our global inclusion strategy...
We are Committed to Addressing Racial Injustice
Baxter has launched ACT: Activating Change Today, a multi-dimensional and multi-year initiative to advance inclusion and racial justice within the workplace and within the communities and markets Baxter serves.
We Believe in Equal Opportunity
As an equal opportunity employer, Baxter prohibits employment discrimination or harassment of applicants, employees and third parties due to race, color, religion or religious creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status or any other basis protected by law.
We Provide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training
All employees complete diversity, equity and inclusion training designed with a critical focus on unconscious bias, its effects and ways to mitigate and remove it. Baxter further engages employees thinking about their biases by embedding bias checks, specific suggestions and actions on ways to mitigate or remove biases, during key talent decisions, including hiring, giving feedback, talent review, etc.
We Lead with a Global Inclusion Council
Baxter's Global Inclusion Council (GIC) is composed of 15 senior leaders from the company's businesses, regions and functions. These leaders serve as diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) champions, advocates and thought leaders across the company. The GIC is responsible for advocating and driving the company's global DE&I priorities, as well as developing and implementing local inclusion plans. The GIC's mission is to focus globally on the advancement of women and underrepresented minority groups (includes race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, veterans and people with disabilities) and driving inclusive leadership capabilities and culture.
We Support Business Resource Groups
Our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are an important component of creating an inclusive and diverse culture and advancing our priorities as a company. These employee-run affinity groups support the recruitment, retention, engagement and development of diverse employees across Baxter, and provide a forum for employees to enhance personal growth and multicultural understanding while strengthening relationships among employees, customers and business and community partners. We have nine established BRGs and encourage all employees to get involved: Alliance for Baxter Women, Asian Leadership Network, BaxVET, Black Professional Alliance, Early Career Professionals, enABLES, HOLA, MultiCultural Network and PRIDE.
We Value Military Experience
Skills developed in the military are highly transferable to a career at Baxter and can help our employees carry out our mission of saving and sustaining lives. Leadership, courage, unmatched loyalty, problem solving, following through on commitments and delivering results are all attributes valued at Baxter and help foster an inclusive and diverse workforce across all levels of our organization. We are proud and grateful to employ military veterans and thank them for their contributions to our company and our country.