Disability Support at GSK
At GSK, creating an inclusive organisation that respects and promotes the diversity of their employees and the communities it serves is a key focus.
GSK is a signatory to the Charter for Change at the 2018 UK Government Department for International Development Global Disability Summit, joining other organisations with a common aim to ensure rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for people with disabilities.
- GSK’s Disability Confidence Network (DCN) is a trusted employee resource group for disability inclusion across GSK. The DCN’s partnership with the businesses is valued and strategic to GSK becoming a disability confident employer of choice. The DCN partners with the businesses to ensure all employees feel valued and are able to reach their potential through inclusion, awareness, education, access to workplace adaptations and advocacy.
- The Global Disability Council was established in 2014 to support GSK’s aim to become a disability confident employer and is fully supported by their Corporate Executive Team and is led by chair Nick Hirons who says, ‘Inclusion for all is critical to our mission to be one of the world's most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. With approximately 15 per cent of the world's population having a disability – and over 70 per cent of those disabilities aren't visible – we have an immense opportunity to do more for our colleagues, patients and consumers in this space.’
- GSK provides disability confidence training for managers and employees to become ‘disability confident’ and learn more about inclusive behaviours and language when working with people with disability.
- At GSK, mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being. They offer access to counselling through GSK’s 24-hour confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), to support those employees dealing with personal or professional issues that are affecting their wellbeing.
- GSK’s modern dress codes embrace individual differences and trust their employees to wear what they feel is appropriate and comfortable for the type of work they do in their day.
- GSK looks to accommodate all disabilities by making reasonable adjustments where possible.