We are honored to be recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies. This #11 ranking reflects our commitment to environmental, social and governance issues. The passion and incredible work of our colleagues around the world helped to make this recognition possible.
“Like most companies, we’re still exploring what the future of the office looks like. Ultimately, I hope that future of the office is flexible, sustainable and equitable so we can all deliver on our goals and thrive."
Johanna Jobin has ushered the biotech leader into a new era in its long-standing ESG commitments, with a focus on climate, health and equity. Under her leadership, in September 2020, Biogen launched Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives — a bold $250M, 20-year commitment to run a Fortune 500 company entirely without fossil fuels. Biogen achieved carbon neutrality in 2014. Now, with Jobin at the helm, Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives aims to propel Biogen past net zero to becoming entirely fossil fuel free.
As part of our long-term goal to decarbonize our operations by 2040, we’re proud to join United’s Eco-Skies Alliance program to collectively contribute toward the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel.
December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and we are glad to share that Biogen CEO Michel Vounatsos recently signed the Disability:IN’s CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion. We are proud we scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index for four consecutive years. We look forward to continued learning and growth to best support people with disabilities both within and outside of Biogen.
Valencia Foster is a Senior Manager in Marketing and a Biogen employee of 18 years. Her son Miles came to her when he was 15 and told her he is bisexual. Valencia reflects on her journey toward acceptance and ultimately to LGBTQ ally and advocate.
Neurological conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are leading causes of disability and premature death, afflicting women, people of color and low-income communities at much higher rates than average. Yet these populations are underrepresented in the field of neurology. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, about 30% of neurology faculty at teaching hospitals in the U.S. identify as women, 3% Hispanic or Latinx, 2% Black or African American, and less than 1% identify as Native or Indigenous.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Wanda Castro-Borrero came from a family of modest means and saw what unmet medical need looks like. Her childhood experiences sparked a passion to help others.
“I am a very proud Puerto Rican – not only of my heritage, language and culture but also my humble roots,” she says. “We were technically poor, but my twin and I never knew that, as we always had food on the table, even if, sometimes, it was white rice and ketchup. I didn’t have a pediatrician, but we did have Dr. Rivera Aulet, our community doctor.”
In the fight against climate change, collaboration will be critical. Accordingly, today on COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference’s ‘Energy Day,’ we’re pleased to be one of 10 global pharma companies launching Energize, a new program to increase access to renewable energy for our supply chains. Together, we aim to engage our suppliers in bold climate action and work towards value chain decarbonization.