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We know that when we encourage diversity of background, thought and experience, we are far more likely to uncover new insights and unique approaches to addressing a challenge. This is particularly critical for Genentech as we work to discover and develop medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. We are committed to sustaining an environment where scientific discovery can thrive, where the industry’s most talented people can do their best work, and where we can bring innovative medicines to those who need them most.

We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work. See below for just some of the ways in which we are bringing this vision to life.

Attracting the Best & Brightest

To find the best possible solutions, we know we must embrace ideas that are new and different. This starts with attracting and hiring a diverse mix of the best and brightest people. We look for candidates who are smart, resilient, willing to question the status quo and motivated to make a difference. Our employees love to solve problems, persevere through failure and work collaboratively across teams to drive progress.

Our commitment to cultivating a diverse workforce begins with developing robust diverse candidate pipelines of the talented individuals we’ll need to revolutionize medicine and change patients’ lives for the better. We work with managers to address unconscious bias and help ensure hiring decisions are based on demonstrated competencies, not just previous experiences.

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We are proud to be recognized for putting our values into action.

Our Gender Diversity Commitment & Progress

Over the last decade, we’ve applied a multi-pronged, long-term gender diversity strategy to increase gender representation in leadership. These efforts have included research, senior leadership commitments, programs and initiatives to drive professional development and open up opportunities for career advancement, as well as thriving internal communities and external partnerships. Since 2007, we’ve more than doubled the percentage of female officers at the company from 16% at YE 2017 to 43% at YE 2020. 53% of directors and 52% of managers/supervisors are women at YE 2020.

We are proud of the progress we’ve made in advancing gender representation in leadership, but our work is far from done. We continue to apply these and other strategies to move the needle on diversity across the board — now with particular focus on increasing people of color representation in our leadership ranks.

We recognize that our current gender diversity strategy must expand past the gender binary. Current work on the inclusion of transgender and gender non-comforming representation in our employee population focuses on pronoun usage, allyship, and educational training, while future work is evolving to advance transgender and gender non-conforming representation in our leadership.

DNA Groups (Diversity Network Associations)

Our Diversity Network Association (DNA) groups drive and support employee professional development, business partnerships and community educational outreach and support.

As a member or leader of a DNA group, you:

  • Gain and build leadership and project management skills to advance your career
  • Participate in strategic projects, often connected to helping Genentech be more inclusive in our business practices;
  • Engage in activities to recruit underrepresented talent to Genentech and mentor and develop your fellow employees

Today, we have 16 unique types of DNA Groups representing a variety of affinities and in total we have 39 DNA Group chapters which span multiple Genentech locations and geographical regions in the United States. In total, approximately 67% of Genentech employees participate in DNA Group activities! You can be a member of any group — come to participate, learn and be an ally.

The Change Sequence

To further foster community and celebrate diversity, we host Change Sequence events, inviting partners and community members to hear from internal and external thought leaders to celebrate diversity during important cultural moments, such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month. If you'd like to sign up to be invited to the Change Sequence, please join our Talent Community.

Disability Inclusion

We recognize the potential of people of all abilities, and we make accessibility a priority. We explore ways to identify and hire people and suppliers of all abilities and we have a dedicated, cross-functional task force focused on enhancing employee awareness, accessibility and talent.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We’re committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Genentech employs, promotes and otherwise treats any and all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competence, and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, gender, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, veteran status or other protected status.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Program, through policies, practices and analyses, guides our efforts to attract and retain the most qualified people for the job. Simultaneously, it helps us remove barriers to equal opportunity in all aspects of the employment relationship including hiring, promotion, assignments and compensation.