Current Issues

FIGHTING FOR INCLUSION

Anti-immigration and English-only legislation, as well as “defense of marriage” legislation, can make it difficult to recruit new and educated workers and retain good employees. We are proactive in working in the legal system to ensure the communities in which we operate are open and welcoming. We are coming from the perspective of a large Indiana employer with a global and diverse workforce.

Many of Lilly’s employees are scientists, medical doctors, pharmacists, and engineers who are critical to the research and development of new medicines. We recruit worldwide for these highly skilled people in an intensely competitive environment for excellent employees. Our ability to thrive in our home state of Indiana is dependent on an environment that is welcoming.

That’s why we opposed a proposed Indiana law that, among other things, would require that only English be used in official public meetings, documents, and communications from the state. While we were disappointed any version of this bill passed, we were pleased that our advocacy was part of a strong, collective voice that helped improve the final version. Incidentally, we were pleased that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana blocked enforcement of certain aspects of the law, including the English-only provisions.

We also have opposed a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions in Indiana. We are profoundly concerned about the legislation’s effect on our employees and on our state. Our CEO has publicly voiced his opinion against passing such a constitutional amendment. We believe discriminatory legislation is not just bad public policy; it’s also bad for business.

 

"Embracing diversity is at the core of our long-held value of respect for people. It is the lens through which we are able to understand and respond to the unique needs of the millions of individuals who depend on our medicines."

John Lechleiter

Chairman, President & CEO