Talent and diversity

At UCB, employee engagement and work culture are vital. In 2016, employee engagement continued to build on what brings people together – UCB’s dedication to patients – while leveraging the broad diversity of UCB people across the world.

The work culture demands active sharing and collection of insights from patients and other stakeholders. An inspired sharing in order to connect, collaborate, co-create and co-own a different future of a sustainable well-being in society is of paramount importance.

Also in 2016, UCB continued its Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in several countries. UCB’s ability to understand the way of working across nations, cultures and education, and our commitment to live values without boundaries, builds the company that unites us. UCB’s determination to accelerate diversity and inclusion and to provide equal employment opportunities is integrated in the cultural agenda and is considered a strength of the company. While acquiring a deep understanding of cultural conditions is important, colleagues are invited to reflect and to integrate cultural differences and diversity in their daily activities as cultural diversity is an enormous source of motivation and inspiration. Adapting the behavior to a culture openness will foster an inclusive climate and learning.

UCB progressed the women-men representation at executive level from 16%-84% in 2008 to 30%-70% in 2016. In countries with staff above 150 people, i.e., Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S., 85% of the leadership teams are from within the country and the split between women and men is 37% and 63% respectively. This is similar to the data from 2015.

At the end of 2016, the women-men representation at the Board of Directors was 31%-69% and at the Executive Committee was 27%-73%.