Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the core of our long-held value of respect for people.

Celebrating Our Differences. Sharing Our Success.

To solve some of the toughest challenges in medicine we need the most innovative ideas. That is why we are committed to creating and sustaining an open, inclusive and diverse environment, where everyone feels valued. Through the sharing of a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and skills, we can inspire each other to think differently, generate ideas and deliver innovative healthcare solutions. 

Our efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment for our employees span the globe. For us, embracing diversity means understanding, respecting, and valuing differences, including but not limited to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

At Lilly, we believe our differences continue to help us move towards being a more innovative, patient-centric company. It is our goal that every employee feels welcomed, respected, valued and heard.

Karen AlexanderSenior HR Director, Lilly UK & Northern Europe

Lilly Recognised as a Leader in Diversity

We are thrilled to share that Lilly has been named as a Leader in Diversity by the Financial Times and their research partner, Statista. The 2021/2022 Diversity Leaders list was compiled from the results of an independent survey across 16 European countries. Employees were asked about their perception of their companies' inclusivity, based on a range of aspects of diversity.

Upholding our long-held value of respect for people means that we will continue to strive towards creating a more diverse and inclusive environment at Lilly.

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Leader in Diversity

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Employee Groups

In the UK we have five employee groups which foster a culture of belonging. These groups offer strong support networks and provide the opportunity to learn about the many cultures that make up Lilly. All employees are welcome and encouraged to join.

Gender Inclusion Network works to remove obstacles that prevent women and men at Lilly from achieving their full potential by challenging attitudes and beliefs about gender.  We do this by identifying barriers, raising awareness of individual gender bias. Our ‘Men as Allies’ program and driving gender parity are our key focus points for the coming year.

Generation-Lilly’s purpose is to promote and embrace a multigenerational culture, leveraging our diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to ensure employees of all generations feel connected among peers, engaged within Lilly, and equipped to succeed professionally.

ENABLE’s purpose is to create a disability-confident culture. We do this by promoting awareness, providing support and removing barriers for people living with disabilities, impairments and long-term health conditions.  Access Lilly is our priority focus, a strategic initiative aimed at creating a barrier-free environment, both physical and digital, for all employees and customers.

LGBT+ Allies promote the equal experience, treatment and safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people everywhere Lilly operates, to enable employees to reach their full potential. Lilly is honoured to be a Global Stonewall Champion. We also have a LGBT allies group that works in partnership to support colleagues globally through curricula, visibility items and events, enabling allyship to be shown and put into practice.

EmbRACE works to create an environment where people of colour are empowered to be their authentic selves and to foster a culture where we celebrate differences. We strive to move our business towards a culture that represents genuine inclusion because Lilly wins for its patients and communities when we utilise the strengths of all.

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Our Employee Groups

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2021 Gender Pay Gap Report



Stonewall Diversity Champion

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Business Disability Forum

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