Sanofi: The Future Is…Ours to Shape Into an Inclusive and Diverse World

Originally published on LinkedIn by Noel Geoffroy, Head (Region President) of North America Consumer Healthcare at Sanofi

The theme for New York City’s historic PRIDE celebration this year is: “The future is …” Picked in February, just before the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed its devastating impact on the city and the nation, the theme is profoundly poignant and appropriate.

The legendary march, now in its 50th year, has been called off due to the pandemic but the theme reverberates throughout our communities, LGBTQ+ or not. The future is…before us. The future is…bright. The future is…ours to shape into a better world.

To me, a better world is one that puts aside prejudice and embraces inclusion and diversity. These are among the main things I’ve always sought in a workplace. I am incredibly proud to work at a company that is committed to initiatives that support an inclusive environment for everyone. Sanofi really does “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” – not just during PRIDE month – every day.

When I joined Sanofi in 2019, I signed on as co-executive sponsor of our company’s PRIDE Connect employee resource group (ERG), and through this initiative we’re helping to create and model the kind of inclusive environment that helps us attract and retain the best talent. As a leader and an individual, I believe it’s important that everyone feel welcome, comfortable and happy at work. It’s how we reach our full potential.

We recently had the distinction of being recognized as a “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2020” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion best practices. We champion these in our workplace every day, and we’re honored to be included in this list of large companies actively fostering an inclusive environment for our employees.

We have continued our commitment to advance and accelerate initiatives in the workplace that ensure equal treatment for all and that provide a positive, affirmative environment so that LGBTQ+ employees can work with dignity and without stigma.

Sanofi recently signed the Business Statement for Transgender Equality, which ensures that the millions of people in America who identify as transgender or gender non-binary, or who are intersex, are treated with the respect and dignity everyone deserves. Globally, our company signed on to the United Nations Free and Equal Standards of Business Conduct, a campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTQ+ people.

And, Sanofi offers inclusive benefits and resources to our employees, including health and welfare benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners and other resources.

Sanofi is committed to fostering a culture of respect and equality, where employees can contribute diverse experiences, perspectives and ideas on behalf of the patients we serve. We champion these in our workplace every day, in every interaction.

The diversity of our employees continues to impress, inspire and energize me every day, and I’m proud to be part of a company that respects and supports equal human rights for all. It’s good for our employees and it’s good for business. The future is…ours to shape into an inclusive and diverse world…together.