Jul 20, 2023
How BD Empowers its People by Leading, Caring and Engaging

By Shana Neal, EVP & Chief People Officer

In our recently released Fiscal Year 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, we detail the progress we’ve made toward our 2030+ ESG commitments. One of our goals is to maintain a healthy and thriving workforce that cultivates our culture of inclusion, safety and well-being.

Cultivating our culture is critically important because it is a strategic enabler that helps us continue to accelerate progress against our BD 2025 strategy. To help BD employees thrive in their careers and, as a result, advance our ESG goals, we are focusing in three areas:  

1. Leading: We are equipping our leaders with the skills and tools to manage in today’s dynamic business environment through tailored learning programs. Underpinning this approach is that we lead with a growth mindset, where we learn and improve every day. We also act as servant leaders, responsible for the growth of our teams by removing barriers and helping our people develop, perform and thrive while meeting business objectives.

We have several tools to help all associates with personal and professional development, including mentoring programs and learning opportunities through BD University, our in-house continuing education program. Our digital learning is used by 30,000 associates per year and our virtual learning series, called Power Skills, has over 7,000 associates participate per year.

2. Caring: It’s critical that our associates feel cared for, and BD provides tools and resources to empower our workforce in managing their well-being. Our global well-being framework addresses the “whole self” with a focus on physical, mental, financial and social wellness. When our people are supported in being the best version of themselves, they not only thrive in their careers – producing more innovative and creative thinking – but in their personal lives as well.

For example, through our Good Jobs Strategy we strive to create a safe work environment for our manufacturing associates that provides high job attractiveness. We seek to ensure that associates experience job satisfaction and a sense of belonging, and provide competitive healthcare, compensation, as well as training and development opportunities.

3. Engaging: Our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E), including our Associate Resource Groups, creates a culture of belonging. We strive to foster an equitable and inclusive environment where every associate can realize their full potential while amplifying diverse perspectives to drive innovation. Our focus on talent development, internal movement, and career progression also help associates experience a continued and meaningful career at BD. 

Our goal is to increase diverse representation at the management and executive levels of our

company by 1% each for gender and ethnicity, year over year, by 2030. In FY 2022, we saw a 1% year over year increase in global gender diversity at the management level and 2% at the executive level. We saw a 3% and 2% year over year increase in ethnic diversity at executive and management levels, respectively. At the associate level, there was no change to gender diversity, however ethnic diversity increased 2% year over year.

Taken together, these efforts help us attract the best and brightest talent. Our people get personal and professional advancement opportunities in a company that’s at a true inflection point in terms of growth and innovation. Lastly, each of us has the ability to make meaningful contributions that inspires a positive change in the trajectory of healthcare and advance our purpose.

It's for these reasons and many more that I’m #ProudtoBeBD.


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