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.
We’re committed to providing an inclusive environment that empowers all our employees to realise their full potential. Just as we appreciate the diversity of scientific approaches in clinical trials, we believe that our culture of inclusivity and our employees’ diverse backgrounds come together and lead to innovative ideas, more fruitful collaboration, and a vibrant workplace. ICON is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive culture for our people where respect, honesty, empathy, integrity, and passion are at the core of everything we do.
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. We strive to ensure that all colleagues at ICON feel accepted, included, connected, safe, and secure in their working environment.
All of our team members come to ICON for their own unique reasons, but we also have a common goal – to help others. Our people-focused culture welcomes and encourages our employees to share their unique backgrounds and enables us to make positive changes for our company and the world.
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 around the globe are making a positive difference in their communities every day. Over the years, ICON has supported a multitude of charities around the world and has led countless company-wide charitable initiatives and grassroots employee volunteerism. We support causes that are important to our employees and have several programmes that support the welfare of people in our local and global communities. These include:
Corporate giving partnerships include, but are not limited to:
Individually and collectively, we can help make tomorrow better than today.
Our passion and commitment to improving lives extend far beyond our work. We believe that it is our obligation as a corporate citizen to help our people find meaningful ways to respond to the needs of others around the world so that everyone may experience the rewards of giving.
Our employee volunteering and giving platform is not about a single programme or charity. It’s about helping people wherever and whenever we can. Our employees inspire kindness and empower action by connecting with charities and volunteering with organizations that reflect their passions.
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.