At a press conference earlier this year, Lilly's Bart Peterson said: “Everybody up here loves this state, but love is not enough. Public policy and words matter.”
He was right. What he said was a perfect embodiment of the Lilly Promise to “unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.” The promise guides the work that we do, and inspires us go one step further and to truly understand the needs of the people we seek to help.
Fostering an understanding of people can make a big difference. Including diverse voices through policies, events and demonstration can make an even bigger difference. In 2015, the fight for diversity and inclusion came up throughout the world. As committed global citizens, we spent this year striving to do our part to support policies that make a difference. Here are just a few examples of how we did that:
We supported our LGBT colleagues.
In late March, Indiana took center stage as debate continued on the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA). As the debate continued, we took a stand, and our President and CEO, Dr. John Lechleiter signed ajoint letter condemning the legislation.
We called on you to help improve diversity in clinical trials.
Clinical trials help ensure the safety and efficacy of every treatment, and to do that, we need to embrace diversity. By increasing representation in clinical trial populations, we can speed up the development of potentially lifesaving treatments.
We worked to support the future.
At our core, we’re optimists with one eye to the future. Our best hope for the future of research and science lies in fostering diversity and encouraging an interest in STEM careers early on. That’s why a group of Lilly scientistsventured out into the community to spark a lifelong interest in science.
As we look ahead to 2016, we’ll have many more opportunities to show the value of including diverse voices. We’re excited to see what comes, and to help future generations embrace the reality that words and policies really do matter.