We are proud, at Lilly, of our commitment to equal gender representation at every level of the company. We believe that our diversity powers our purpose to make life better for patients around the world. For the second year running, our achievements in this area have been recognised by our excellent score of 100/100 in the Equality Index of the French Ministry of Labour, which assesses gender equality in French businesses based on five criteria.

Our sites in France, Neuilly and Fegersheim, embody our equality promise in action. Women represent just over half of the total staff population and assume 56% of the management positions – a trait that is evaluated by the Index.

However, this is just one indicator and it is easy to be tokenistic. In order to score high a company has to truly live its values and believe in accelerating progress for women in the workplace. At Lilly, we do, which is why we also achieved the highest scores available in delivering equal salary increases and chances for promotion to women, and closing the pay gap between men and women. We also ensure that women’s chance of promotion is not affected by spending a period on maternity leave – shown to be the number one factor that has an impact on the salary of women during their career.

“The values that we exemplify everyday have enabled us for many years to support the career development of all of our employees, women and men. We are pleased to publish, for the second year in a row, an excellent result for gender equality index at Lilly France, which attests to our policy of equal treatment that has always been ours.” – Lilly French Hub HR director.

The results in France are indicative of the global efforts at Lilly. We are recognised worldwide as a company that empowers women with a real culture of inclusion. Our commitment to equality across the company was outlined by our CEO Dave Ricks in his speech at the 2019 Catalyst Awards in New York, which recognise exceptional efforts by leading global businesses in advancing women in the workplace.

It is important that we continue to achieve positive results across the board, and to use occasions like International Women’s Day on March 8 to reflect on what more we can be doing to ensure equal opportunities for all of our employees. We need to be the change we want to see in the workplace… and the world.