Today's guest blog was written by Shaun Hawkins, Chief Diversity Officer at Lilly. Shaun joined Lilly in 2001, holding roles in sales and corporate business development prior to joining the Global Diversity & Inclusion Office in 2010.
Lilly has again been named to DiversityInc's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list, which recognizes corporate diversity best practices. This time, the company ranked 29th out of 587 companies that completed the survey. We're honored to make the list, but we're even happier to see that our ranking has gone up 10 spots compared to last year when we debuted on the list at #39.
To make the list, participating companies must have more than 1,000 employees and demonstrate strength in key diversity areas--CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and supplier diversity--while also showing year-to-year progress in diversity initiatives.
And, while DiversityInc believes we have demonstrated strength in these areas, we are not satisfied and have no intention of slowing our diversity efforts. I believe - and our senior leaders do, too - that diversity is an engine for greater innovation in several ways.
- The workplace: When employees can bring their whole selves to work, they are more engaged and that engagement fosters the creativity and productivity which fuels innovation.
- The marketplace: Our patients are diverse, and the future of innovation in medicine depends on a complete understanding of those differences. The more we mirror our patients, the better we can deliver therapies to meet their medical needs and communicate to these patients and caregivers in a culturally relevant way.
- The supply chain: In an increasingly networked world, we can't just rely on our own diversity to speed innovation. We also must rely on emerging partners, suppliers and others who help us make innovation a reality.