AstraZeneca Awarded in Workplace Equality, Employee Support

Over the past few months AstraZeneca has received recognition from several organizations, awarding our efforts in workplace equality, employee support and individual achievements. These accomplishments illustrate our commitment as a company to foster a successful work environment for all our employees.

LGBT Workplace Equality Scorecard

AstraZeneca received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. AstraZeneca’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

The 2016 CEI rated a total of 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

During the last few years AstraZeneca leadership has partnered with departments across the company to ensure that our programs and benefits serve all of our employees. For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

2016 Military Friendly® Employer Designation

AstraZeneca was honored to recently announce our 2016 Military Friendly® Employer designation. We earned a place on this prestigious list by recognizing the competitive edge that transitioning military give to our workforce. The talent, skill, and experience veterans bring is priceless, and the Military Friendly Employers have invested considerable time, money, and personnel to build military recruiting and retention programs, as well as policies to accommodate Guard and Reservists who continue to serve our country.

One of the ways in which AstraZeneca supports military employees is through our Military Support Employee Resource Group, which serves as a resource for employees who are in the Reserve Forces, have family members in the military, are veterans or have strong ties to troop-support.

To see the full list of companies featured for 2016, visit

Working Mother 100 Best Companies

For the 14th consecutive year, AstraZeneca has been listed among the top 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine. Out of the 100 total companies listed, AstraZeneca earned the number 11 spot, maintaining our rank from last year.

This annual listing recognizes 100 companies for their outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs, and corporate cultures that support working moms. This includes child care services, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave, and advancement opportunities for women. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to building a supportive and flexible work environment that helps working women successfully manage the demands of career and family.

Profiles of the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies and more information about AstraZeneca’s ranking were featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother magazine and at

Individual Recognitions

In addition to awards received for AstraZeneca’s broad achievements, several individuals also stood out from the crowd and were recognized for accomplishments in their respective fields.

Greg Keenan, Vice President, Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca U.S., was recognized by Pharma Voice on their 2015 100 Most Inspiring People list. Along with his professional accolades, Greg’s caring personality, enthusiasm and innovative mindset were highlighted as reasons colleagues find him inspirational to work with. He has been coined “Dr. Socrates” as he uses a Socratic format in leading teams, asking and answering questions in order to stimulate critical thinking.

Praveen Akkinepally, Director, Respiratory Care Specialist and Rita Johnson-Greene, Head of Field Sales, Finance & Enabling Functions made DiversityMBA’s 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders list. DiversityMBA is a leadership and management organization that advances the understanding of diversity & inclusion in the workforce by recognizing leadership.

The Top 100 Under 50 list is comprised of a group of leaders that are selected by the magazine from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit agencies. The selectees are chosen from a pool of 300 nominees by a panel of judges and Praveen and Rita were selected for this prestigious list based on their accomplishments and contributions to both AstraZeneca and their communities.

Donna Huang, Head of Corporate Affairs, Cardiovascular, Mature Brands and State Government Affairs, AstraZeneca U.S., was named as one of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 of 2015, for her work as a skilled leader, a disciplined communicator, and “the person everyone wants on their team, whether responding to a crisis or launching a product.” Donna also won more than 10 public relations industry and communications honors six years ago for an atherosclerosis disease education program.

AstraZeneca congratulates these individuals and the teams behind each of these accomplishments and we look forward to sharing successes to come in 2016.