People - the potential of together.
Our people are at the core of our mission, to help our customers accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve the quality of life, and the driving force behind our success. Our people are a key part of our strategy and one of our four strategic pillars is ‘Talent, Leadership Development and Culture’. We encourage our people to seize the opportunity to bring flexibility, innovation and determination to every situation. By doing this, our people can build exciting and rewarding careers, and deliver results to help bring life-changing medicines to market and maintain ICON’s success as an industry leader. We call it… the potential of together.
Just as we appreciate the diversity of scientific approaches in clinical trials, we believe diversity of thought coming together in an inclusive workplace leads to innovative ideas, more fruitful collaboration and a vibrant culture. As a values-driven organisation, dignity and respect is at the core of how we work and interact with each other, with customers, patients and suppliers. We value differences of gender, ethnicity, culture and experience and we believe disability should not be a barrier to building a successful career in ICON.
ICON is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive group of future leaders and a strong culture of inclusivity. During 2019, we established the ICON Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group which is comprised of six members of the ICON Executive Team.
Under our Diversity and Inclusion programme, we train all our people leaders to understand unconscious bias and similarity bias aswell as how to encourage diversity of thought and foster inclusion in their teams.
We recognise that more diversity in senior leadership increases organisational performance. In 2019 we launched our global Senior Director Leadership programme, in addition to our Vice President High Potential (HiPo) programme. These programmes will help build and support our development of a diverse and inclusive group of future leaders from within and complements existing senior level programmes already in existence in the organisation.
We continue to strive to source the best talent in our industry from across the world to fill the highly specialised roles required to help bring new drugs to market. Our most senior roles are truly global in nature. Since 2018, we have mandated gender balanced short lists for senior leadership appointments across the organisation in all markets in which we are located.
Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That is why we are committed to developing a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge employees with engaging work, where every experience adds to their professional development and where employees can realise their full potential. Elements of our continuous learning and professional development include:
*Data as of 31 December 2019
We recognise the importance of making a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live. We are involved in a number of company-led community engagement programmes and we also support our employees who give up thousands of hours of their time each year to fundraise for important causes and give back to their communities. Our community engagement is particularly focused on two core areas:
ICON employees across the world are making a positive difference to their communities every day. We support causes that are important to our employees and have a number of programmes that support the welfare of people in our local communities. These include:
ICON is a strong supporter of strengthening ties between industry and academia, and inspiring the next generation of business and scientific leaders.
ICON has a partnership with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association, whereby we provide ICON- GPA Life Sciences Scholarships to inter-county football and camogie players engaged in undergraduate and post-graduate life sciences courses. ICON also provides mentoring to players to help them on their career journeys.