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We aspire to become the most rewarding company to work for, embracing belonging, and governing and managing our business to return value to our stakeholders.
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Alexion employees working in a lab

ADVANCE Highlights

7 OF 10 

Alexion executive team members are women

EARNED

Biotech Company of the Year in Ireland at Pharma Industry Awards

34-POINT

Gain in the likelihood of employees recommending Alexion as a great place to work

53% 

of all Alexion employees are female

Advancing
Our Employees

Breakthrough innovations require purpose-driven, high-performing talent. In addition to recruiting passionate and diverse colleagues, we continuously evolve our business with our approximately 3,000 employees in mind, and want employees to feel respected, valued and empowered. We believe our employee-centric culture and agile approach to the employee experience allows our people to fulfill their true potential, setting us apart from other biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
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Aexion employees discussing at a table

Focusing
on Culture

Delivering on the tenets of a rewarding company helps us contribute to the patient journey, create value for all of our stakeholders and build a competitive advantage. Our culture is guided by four key priorities:

  • Enabling a speak-up, quality and compliance environment. 
  • Empowering leaders to create the environment to live our values. 
  • Spurring innovation to best serve patients and customers. 
  • Creating business processes and decision-making to best serve patients. 
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Taking
the LEAP

Our LEAP initiative is an effort to broaden our employees’ perceptions and capabilities around patient-driven actions, incorporating our Patient and Stakeholder Value (PSv) model from STAR as a foundation. Throughout Alexion, we’re hosting an immersive experience to deepen our understanding of the patient and stakeholder experiences. By challenging our assumptions, conducting active listening exercises and engaging patients and other stakeholders, we’re able to translate our observations and data into insights and innovative solutions that can benefit people living with rare diseases. LEAP became a required part of new hire training in the United States in 2019.

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Leadership capabilities

Developing Our Employees,
Growing Our Leadership Capability

We believe all of our employees should have the power to maximize both their impact and their careers. In 2019, we advanced that priority by deploying the Alexion Leadership Profile. This approach:

  • Builds upon Alexion’s leadership differentiators: Change Lives, Create Value and Collaborate to Innovate. 
  • Defines the attributes and behaviors we expect of leaders at all levels of the organization. 
  • Guides all of our people decisions: what we select for, who we hire, who we partner with, how we measure performance and potential, and what we prioritize in our individual and collective development efforts. 

The launch of our Leadership Profile inspired several training pilots, including a new Manager Development Pilot Program and a new Enterprise Leadership training launched in 2019. In addition, key leaders participated in our Purpose-Driven Leadership program – an intensive, experiential learning program that required those leaders to work together on a critical company project.

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Patient Anna, living with HPP, and sister Ella on a tour at Alexion in College Park

Embracing
Belonging

Alexion encourages diversity of backgrounds and ideas. We genuinely care for and respect each other, working together as a high-performing team to deliver extraordinary results while embracing different perspectives. Our commitment to gender and ethnic diversity extends to all ranks within our organization. In fact, more than half of all Alexion employees are female and represent a multitude of backgrounds.

Throughout 2019, our employees in Ireland have taken belonging and inclusion to new levels. In June, we hosted Pride @ College Park, featuring seven events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community over seven days. We are also proud to be the first biotechnology company in Ireland to walk in the Dublin Pride Parade.

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Stewarding Health and Safety

Protecting the health and safety of our colleagues and communities where we operate is essential in living our corporate values. We’ve formalized this commitment in our EHS Policy, which extends to every location and every Alexion worker, including contractors.
 
Each Alexion site implements an EHS Incident Management Procedure that complies with our EHS Policy and local regulatory requirements. All incidents and near misses, regardless of severity, must be reported so they may be investigated and so controls may be put in place to prevent reoccurrence. Learnings are disseminated throughout the organization to facilitate continuous improvement. 
 
A key component of our EHS management approach is employee involvement. Employees’ candid feedback is always valued, and sites around the world regularly reward workers who provide impactful safety comments with incentives like special parking spots, gift cards and other recognitions.

Advancing Our Company

CSR Star

We believe CSR is integral to business success and should be considered by those setting the course for the company. Alexion’s Executive Committee, with oversight from Alexion’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors, has the responsibility of assisting in the development and recommendation of policies and management systems for environmental, health, safety and social responsibility matters to the Board.

Alexion’s CSR Steering Committee serves as a collaborative cross-functional, decision-making task force focused on CSR and shared value efforts at Alexion. This includes recommending Alexion’s CSR strategy and developing strategic positioning, making and influencing critical business actions as they relate to CSR, and advancing CSR leadership and related efforts throughout the organization.