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Caring for our People

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is foundational to our sustainability approach. This means inspiring a culture of inclusion by providing equitable opportunities to all employees, embracing diverse talents and leveraging diversity of thought and experience to create value for patients, now and into the future. At UCB, we have always defined diversity as the accumulated richness of people’s unique backgrounds, lives, cultural experiences, and the diversity of thought that this brings to our work. Equity means ensuring all employees are offered fair opportunities for development, advancement, compensation and reward as per their aspirations. Last but by no means least, inclusion means respecting individual differences and capturing the advantages that this provides to drive greater impact and value in our work.

We seek to instill a DE&I mindset at all levels, building diverse teams and enhancing the capacity of our leaders to lead inclusively, by addressing unconscious bias, tackling micro-aggressions, inequities and stereotypes, and encouraging new inclusive behaviors. We also strive to ensure an inclusive workplace for all employees by removing barriers to advancement, ensuring equity in pay and rewards, and by building our talent pipeline by inclusive talent management.

In countries with staff above 150 people, i.e., China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S., 86% of the leadership teams are from within the country (last year was 85%) and the split between women and men is 40% and 60% respectively. More information on diversity at UCB’s Board and Executive committee level can be found in the Governance chapter of this report. 

Please note that risks related to diversity, equity and inclusion are reported in the Risk Management section of this report.