Diversity In the Workplace

We’ve made it our mission to improve diversity of all kinds and at all levels. Today diversity and inclusion are a global goal, with CEO and executive leadership support, engagement and accountability.

Our Gender Diversity Strategy

One of our goals is to bring more women into leadership positions at Genentech. To that end, we’ve developed and implemented a gender diversity strategy, with strong support from our Executive Committee.

The strategy is based on the E.D.G.E. (Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence) in Leadership study conducted by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and Booz Allen Hamilton. This research was the first to identify best practices in recruiting, advancement and retention of women in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Our strategy guides our work in six areas as defined by the report:

  • Visible senior leadership support
  • Merit- and performance-based systems to ensure equity
  • Measurements and accountability to drive behavior and results
  • Recruitment practices to support the representation of women
  • Advancement programs for high-potential female employees
  • Career and work flexibility models to retain top female talent

DNA Groups (Diversity Network Associations)

Since the early 1990s, our internal DNA groups have been an integral part of the Genentech culture. These groups are open to all employees; they offer connection and camaraderie for people with similar interests or experiences, as well as opportunities to build leadership and professional development skills.

Today, more than 5,300 employees are members of DNA groups. DNA groups partner with our employee ambassador program to focus on attracting diverse talent and with the Great Place To Work Institute to assess the employee innovation experience and ignite change efforts.

Veteran Outreach and Recruitment

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to veterans of uniformed services. We are focused on creating a framework to invite them to learn about our culture and opportunities for careers at Genentech. We partner with hiring managers to identify areas within Genentech where veteran skills will further our business objectives.

"To be in the military is to be in the most diverse organization there is — people come from so many different places, and when you deploy overseas you are exposed to many different cultures. To get the job done well, you have to count on each other, and you have to help each other know what information is essential for success."

- Senior leader and member of Genentech Veteran’s Diversity Team

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.

Workplace Inclusiveness

We view a diverse and inclusive workplace environment as critical to our mission of helping people with serious diseases. To find the best possible solutions, we know we must embrace ideas that are new and different.

We start with attracting and hiring a diverse mix of the best and brightest people, and inspiring our employees to make a difference every day. We work to create an environment where people feel safe speaking up, ready to collaborate and comfortable challenging conventional thinking, so we can do now what patients need next.

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.