At GSK we value and draw on the unique knowledge, experience and style of each individual in our global community. As a global organization, the very essence of our business demands a commitment to diversity. Our success relies on our innovation and creativity, which thrives in our diverse environment.
As a global healthcare leader, GSK’s purpose is to help people do more, feel better and live longer. All the activities we undertake to achieve this purpose are driven by our core values of patient focus, integrity, respect for people and transparency.
GSK strives to conduct business with suppliers who share our values and commitment to high ethical standards. The aim of our Global Supplier Diversity & Development Initiative (GSD&DI) is to maintain and develop a strong and competitive global supplier base that reflects and promotes the diversity of the communities we serve. We recognise that by having a diverse supplier base we are able to work with companies who not only share our values but also allow us to access external innovation, and select competitively priced solutions that enable us to be agile.
The GSD&DI promotes the need for an inclusive supply chain which supports the selection of suppliers that include representation of Minority, Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Veteran, Service Disabled Veteran, Disability-owned businesses as well as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones and small businesses.
We are committed to help improve the lives of people in the communities we serve. This commitment requires an inclusive framework where all people have access to the medicines and products they need. The Global Supplier Diversity & Development Initiative (GSD&DI) has been designed to do just that. By taking a shared responsibility and seeking innovative partnerships and solutions within the community, we are helping diverse suppliers develop the necessary capabilities to grow and sustain their businesses.
By establishing a robust Diverse Supplier Development Plan, integrating supplier diversity into our Integrated Sourcing Process (ISP) and establishing an Advocacy Team to ensure our Supplier Diversity success, we have gone beyond the diversification of employment and expanded to create opportunities for diverse suppliers. We have built a team of GSK advocates and stakeholders who will help us bridge the gap between GSK and the growing numbers of diverse populations across the globe.
The fact is, by creating an inclusive environment for our diverse suppliers we have enabled them to create jobs, build wealth and establish leadership in diverse communities. Diverse suppliers employ more people from diverse communities than larger corporations. Creating an inclusive environment for them has helped keep the wheels of economic power turning and strengthened economic prosperity in diverse communities everywhere.
Moreover, as we build a sense of community among diverse groups we in turn build the necessary trust and loyalty that gives us access to deliver key messaging around healthcare screenings, educational resources and patient assistance programs. Ultimately, this enables us to take a leading role in promoting preventative healthcare and eliminating existing disparities.
As GSK moves toward achieving our diverse business spending goals, we will continue to remember our mission which challenges us to enable people to do more, feel better and live longer. Together we help strengthen the economic prosperity and health awareness in diverse communities all across the globe.