We’re a diverse workforce, with diverse ideas

We are a force of over 85,000 people working together across more than 150 countries. We encourage each other to always strive to improve the lives of those around us.  By embracing diversity, we can enrich every decision and discussion at Roche and bring more innovative solutions for our business.  All facets of diversity are important to us, not just gender, race or culture, but also diversity of thought and experience.

More than just a job

Our people make our business. Our people discover, develop and manufacture our products and ensure that they reach the patients who need them. Therefore, we’ve created a supportive work environment where people can be truly invested in their work. We encourage big thinking and give our people the support and flexibility they need to make their mark. This is more than just a job. It’s an international family dedicated to making a real impact on the world around us.

Promoting creativity leads to innovation

We want our employees to be successful, enjoy coming to work every day and to be inspired by who we are and what we do. We embrace the diversity of cultures and people. We are inclusive and encourage the richness of ideas and approaches that our diversity brings. We believe that every employee deserves a great leader who provides the room to breathe, the space and freedom to speak up and the opportunities to stretch and grow. Our leadership commitments set out our expectations for people leadership at Roche and we help our leaders develop so that they can put these commitments into practice every day.

Gender diversity

Gender diversity continues to be a top priority. Today 48% of our employees are women and worldwide, our employees represent more than 139 different nationalities, of which 88 are represented at our headquarters site in Basel.  Our goal was to have women in at least 20% of our key positions by 2014 – we achieved that goal a year early in 2013.  We will continue to work to ensure that women are fully represented in our pipeline of internal candidates for key positions and in our internal global development programmes.

Annual Report 2013

Woman in total workforce48%46%46%
Woman in line management39%38%35%
Woman in key positions20.7%18.518%

Ensuring fair employment practices

Roche is an equal opportunity employer. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on gender, race, age, skin colour, nationality, religion, marital status, sexual preference, background, physical or mental disability, or on any other grounds. Due to the nature of our business we do not consider any of our operations to be at risk of human rights violations, such as child labour, forced or compulsory labour, or infringements of indigenous rights.

"Realising Rights" and the «Business and Human Rights Resource Centre» have recognised Roche, among 230 other companies, for our public commitment to human rights.

more about our Human Rights principles

Maintaining best practices

Every Roche site has a human resource manager responsible for ensuring compliance with fair employment practices.

At the Group level, our Compliance Officer deals with any infringements and reports directly to senior management, who, in turn, submit regular compliance reports to the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee. Many of our sites, particularly in developing countries, have standards in place that are even more rigorous than those set out in our Employment Policy.