For an innovation-driven company like AbbVie, the knowledge, ideas, and capabilities that employees bring are critical. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and supporting the people who, working together, can make a remarkable impact on patients.
Embracing diversity and inclusion is fundamental at AbbVie. We know we are at our best when all voices are heard and valued and when our employees can contribute their best. To fully realize this, we have committed to embracing diversity and inclusion as one of our Guiding Principles: We treat everyone equally, with dignity and respect. Around the world, our employees embrace diverse backgrounds and perspectives which allows us all to achieve our best.
Our Chairman and CEO and executive leadership team oversee and take accountability for our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, actions, measurements, and results. To support our diverse workforce, we provide inclusive benefits, such as inclusive parental leave and adoption assistance for moms and dads and adoption assistance, health care benefits for same-gender partners and military leave.
It also means educating employees about inclusion. Our functional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Councils and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) enrich our workplace by promoting appreciation of our diversity and supporting people of all backgrounds to develop and thrive in the organization.
While diversity and inclusion has always been a focus, in 2018 we increased our commitment by creating a new Vice President role focused exclusively on this part of our strategy; making a new commitment to gender equality and publishing our statement of Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; launching new programs to help us attract and develop a diverse workforce; and enhancing our support for employee networking as a way to connect individuals, foster informal mentoring and broaden visibility to the talent in our workforce.