Our Steps Toward a More Diverse and Inclusive World

Our 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report shares Abbott's progress and outlines our goals for the future.
Sep 30, 2022 9:10 AM ET
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For more than 130 years, Abbott has been known as a company that helps people live healthier lives.

We do this in many ways.

Abbott is an employer, offering opportunity and a common purpose to more than 113,000 people. We're a neighbor to the people we serve in 160 countries. And we’re a citizen of varied and diverse communities around the world.

All of these roles are reflected in our 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report, which shares the progress we've made on our company’s DEI journey and our aspirations for the future reflected in our 2030 Sustainability Plan goals.

"While we see DEI as a fundamental part of our sustainability strategy, we view it as a matter of such importance – for the company and for society – that we want to give it this dedicated, ongoing focus," Chairman and CEO Robert Ford said. "We've made progress, inside our company and out. But we know there’s so much more to do."

These efforts are ongoing across our workforce. They're present in programs like FreeU or Freedom 2 Save, which help employees earn and pay for undergraduate degrees, or our 10 global employee networks, which offer communities where Abbott people can find support and mentoring.

Outside our walls, Abbott's goal is to make a positive impact by advancing health equity. We're working to increase diversity in clinical trials, support diverse suppliers and offer educational and career opportunities to students from underrepresented and diverse communities.

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