VALLEY FORGE, Pa.
AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare company, proudly announced that it
received a perfect score of 100 on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the
nation’s premier benchmarking report on corporate policies in support of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. This
is the fourth year in a row AmerisourceBergen earned top marks from the Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
“At AmerisourceBergen, our work begins with people, focuses
on being part of the solution and celebrates individuality without prejudice –
all to help us make a difference in our communities as we create healthier
futures for all,” said Dr. Lonie Haynes, SVP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion
Officer at AmerisourceBergen. “We are serious about our obligation to grow,
learn and cultivate an inclusive, welcoming workplace for long-term growth,
which will ultimately benefit our customers and the patients they serve.”
Developed in 2002, the CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies
and practices among major U.S. businesses, and their adoption of inclusive
benefits, programs and public engagement. It has since become a nationally
recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge their level of LGBTQ
AmerisourceBergen offers expanded benefits that the LGBTQ
community can take advantage of, including coverage for gender reassignment
surgery and associated services, HIV prevention medication, and family planning
health and wellness benefits for same-sex partners. In addition to health
benefits, AmerisourceBergen continues to prioritize a culture and environment
where all employees feel connected, respected and included – which was
particularly critical over the course of the past year when so many were
required to move to a remote work environment and practice social and physical
distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June, while cities and towns made the difficult decision
to postpone or cancel their 2020 Pride events, AmerisourceBergen mobilized to
preserve a sense of LGBTQ+ Pride, and to bring its employee-base together
virtually. Through various learning sessions, virtual celebratory events and
online meetings, AmerisourceBergen employees and leaders came together to
support one another and the community.
Additionally, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, the independent,
not-for-profit charitable giving arm of AmerisourceBergen, partnered with SAGE,
the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of
LGBT elders. Through their collaboration, SAGE hosted a virtual event for
AmerisourceBergen employees to better understand available support programs for
seniors in the LGBTQ+ community, including housing programs, meal delivery and
care management. They also educated employees about new challenges LGBTQ+
elders faced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to get involved in
their communities to make a difference.
AmerisourceBergen continues to build on its commitment to
fostering a diverse and inclusive culture and recently appointed Dr. Haynes
as the company’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)
Officer. As part of the broader Communications and Administrations group within
AmerisourceBergen, which encompasses Human Resources, Corporate Responsibility and
Sustainability, Government Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Dr. Haynes has
been instrumental in helping to guide the organization to infuse D&I into
the workplace, the marketplace and our communities.
Accelerating diversity and inclusion as a pharmaceutical-centered
company that is focused on fueling growth through innovation is essential to
AmerisourceBergen. More information about AmerisourceBergen’s diversity and
inclusion efforts is outlined in the company’s 2020 Global Sustainability
Report available at www.sustainability.amerisourcebergen.com.
AmerisourceBergen fosters a positive impact on the health of people and
communities around the world by advancing the development and delivery of
pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. As a leading global healthcare
company, with a foundation in pharmaceutical distribution and solutions for
manufacturers, pharmacies and providers, we create unparalleled access,
efficiency and reliability for human and animal health. Our 22,000 global team
members power our purpose: We are united in our responsibility to create
healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #10 on the Fortune 500 with more
than $185 billion in annual revenue. Learn more at www.amerisourcebergen.com.