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Eli Lilly and Company: No. 27 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company jumps eight spots through the strong leadership commitment of Chairman, President and CEO John Lechleiter. He personally signs off on compensation tied to diversity, meets quarterly with employee resource groups and communicates frequently about the business benefits of diversity.

Diversity goals are part of executive-performance reviews and senior executives are evaluated for being sponsors of resource groups, cross-cultural mentors and involvement with external multicultural organizations.

The company has remarkable work/life benefits, utilized by a large percentages of employees, including onsite childcare, telecommuting, adoption assistance, paternity leave, floating religious holidays, on-site medical services and dependent-care referrals and leaves of absence.

The company has 10 strong resource groups, available to all employees, including hourly workers. These include groups for veterans and for Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian employees. Almost half of top-level executives (CEO and direct reports) sponsor a resource group.

Lilly is a very philanthropic company, including a 1-to-1 match to the Lilly Foundation for donations of $25 or more to 501(c)(3) charities from employees, retirees and active board members.


John Lechleiter
Chairman, President and CEO

“At Eli Lilly and Company, embracing diversity is at the core of our long-held value of respect for people. It is the lens through which we are able to understand and respond to the unique needs of the millions of individuals who depend on our medicines.”

Monique Hunt McWilliams
Chief Diversity Officer

“Ensuring that diversity is sought, valued and respected is critical to our company’s success. Our focus is finding innovative medical solutions for people, and we can only do that with a workforce that brings a wide variety of perspectives.”



U.S. Headquarters: Indianapolis

Global Employees: 38,000

U.S. Employees: 16,516


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