AstraZeneca named among “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers”

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Company recognized by Working Mother Magazine for its commitment to helping employees manage the demands of work and personal life

For the 13th consecutive year, AstraZeneca has been selected by Working Mother magazine as one of its Working Mother 100 Best Companies. This annual listing recognizes 100 companies for their outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate cultures that support working moms, including through child care services, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement opportunities for women.

Rising in overall rank this year to #11, AstraZeneca placed among the top 10 companies in two of the six judging categories - Benefits (#3) and Paid Time Off/Leave (#9) - driven by its generous programs and policies for child care; maternity and adoption leave; health, voluntary and reimbursement benefits; and more. AstraZeneca also scored highly in the category of Workforce Profile (#12) for its strong female representation.

“At AstraZeneca, we appreciate and take pride in the immense talents and contributions of our diverse workforce, including our many female employees, and we strive to provide our staff with the resources and support they need to effectively balance their commitments both at work and at home,” said Laura Mably, Vice President of U.S. Human Resources for AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca is committed to building a supportive and flexible work environment that helps working women successfully manage the demands of career and family. Some programs AstraZeneca offers that contribute to a supportive working culture include:

  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • Work/life resource and employee assistance program providing confidential, personal support, resources and referrals to help solve personal and work-related challenges.
  • Career development and mentoring programs, including support for women’s advancement.
  • Diverse employee networking groups, including the AstraZeneca Network of Women, the Working Parent Network and the Care Giving Network, which offers resources and support to employees caring for elderly individuals or those with special needs.
  • Childcare and eldercare resources, services and discounts.

Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media said, “The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully. We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50% of our workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees."

For 29 years, Working Mother has identified the cutting-edge companies implementing progressive policies that enable working moms to be the best parents and best employees they can be. The complete list of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found here.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit www.astrazeneca-us.com.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), is the publisher of Working Mother magazine and its companion website workingmother.com, and is home to the Working Mother Research Institute. The National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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