Diversity and Inclusion
As we recruit and develop employees, Bard does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or status as a recently separated veteran, armed forces service medal veteran, disabled veteran or active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran. We expect compliance with local laws wherever we operate around the world.
As of year-end 2014, our approximately 14,000 employees:
- Reside in 33 countries
- Are approximately 45% male / 55% female
- Are increasingly located outside the United States, with 65% international in 2014 versus 59% in 2010.
We are not just diverse, but inclusive. We believe inclusion is a catalyst for product leadership, global growth and talent development. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture where all talent can work together across functional and geographic boundaries, share diverse perspectives and capabilities, and deliver superior outcomes for our business, our shareholders, our customers and the patients we serve.
In 2015, Bard launched a Global Inclusion Leadership Council comprised of diverse, respected and influential leaders representing each of Bard’s major functions, geographies and businesses. The Council will not only raise awareness of inclusion across Bard, but will be responsible for reviewing and sharing great ideas and partnering with their organization’s leadership teams to build, execute and measure inclusion plans.
There are already a number of active programs and initiatives across Bard that advance inclusion:
- Bard Access Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah, has created a Women’s Leadership Forum that identifies high-potential talent in the organization and connects them with businesswomen in the community who serve as mentors.
- Bard Medical Division in Covington, Georgia, is developing the division’s next generation of technical leaders while developing women for future leadership roles through the Climbers Program. This two-year multi-disciplinary rotational program gives recent graduates full-time experience in the functional areas of Quality Assurance, R&D, Operations and either Regulatory Affairs or Marketing. When the rotations are complete, the program slots graduates into areas that balance their interests and Bard’s business needs.
- Bard Canada partners with ACCES Employment to give jobs to skilled immigrants and others who face barriers to employment in the Canadian job market. This partnership provides these employees opportunities to build and enhance the skills needed by Bard and other Canadian employers. Bard Canada has also partnered with several colleges and universities to provide co-op experiences for students, several of whom have been hired by Bard after obtaining their degrees.