Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Our focus is on integrating Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (ID&E) into everything we do at BD, to drive innovation, to better understand patient and customer needs, and to make BD the best possible place for all people to work.


ID&E at BD

Our Culture

Our Commitments

Our Recognition

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ID&E at BD
Inclusion is First and Foremost

To fulfill our Purpose, inclusion, diversity, and equity are prominent and lived pieces of our culture. We’re intentional about our placement of “inclusion” as the first component of our strategy. We strive to create and nurture a deep sense of belonging for our associates, ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive and realize their potential. We understand that including diverse voices and perspectives when decisions are made fuels innovation for new technologies and better patient outcomes.

A Culture of Possibilities

Why BD is a Great Place to Work

We are the makers of possible. And we welcome people with the imagination and drive to help us reinvent the future of health. It takes the imagination and passion of everyone at BD, to look at the impossible and find transformative solutions that turn dreams into possibilities — for people today, tomorrow and beyond. With every new solution, product or development, we’re moving forward. In doing so, we’re creating more opportunities for people from all backgrounds. At BD, you’ll find a place to thrive while doing your part to make the world a better place.

We strive for an inclusive culture that reflects the communities where we live and that we serve, and we continuously nurture an environment where the unique views of our associates are embraced, encouraged and sought after.

—Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO and President

Our Associate Stories

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    Our Global Workforce

    Our associates are at the core of our company. They embody our Purpose and values, foster our culture of inclusion and innovation, and contribute diverse ideas and perspectives to our organization.

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    Everyone at BD plays a role in attracting talent by building our brand, from associate engagement and interactions to the stories shared with family and friends.

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    English as a Second Language Program: The First of Many Talent Successes in Columbus, NE

    The BD WAY guides the decisions our associates make and governs how we lead ourselves at work every day. Being bold, strategic and exercising the courage to try unconventional approaches to solve complex problems is how we win as one BD.

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  • Our Well-being Pillars Support our Highest Priority

    Well-being at BD is our holistic approach focused on four pillars – physical, emotional, financial and social. Denise Russell Fleming, CIO, EVP Technology & Global Services, shares how social well-being fosters a sense of belonging and feeling connected to others. 

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    BD earns three Professional Awards from the Society of Women Engineers

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    BD Helps Hometown Health Clinic Expand Comprehensive Women’s Health Program

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Earning a Living While Making a Difference Shapes Career and Builds Community

Two of my big priorities are earning a living in a way that makes a difference and having the opportunity to grow.

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Passion for Healthcare Runs in the Family

Akiva Kirschner is surrounded by those working in the healthcare industry. So, it should come as no surprise that he applied to the BD Engineering Development Program after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

Akiva shares his story

Associate Resource Groups

We want every associate at BD to know they belong, and they have a welcoming place for their ideas. Our Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) are associate-led, company-sponsored, executive-supported groups that serve as catalysts of change through advocacy and allyship and provide a sense of community and acceptance for associates across our organization.

" Our ARGs truly have a seat at the table. Their voices are heard, respected and acted upon at all levels. I am proud of the work our ARGs are doing to drive inclusion and belonging. Their passion and energy are not only contagious but holds us all accountable for doing what’s right and ensuring authenticity and fairness."

—Shana Neal, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

AABD complements the company’s efforts in encouraging diversity by enhancing the recruitment, retention and professional development of diverse associates.

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The AARG drives strong company performance through uniquely tailored mentorship and professional development programs that leverage the cultural background and diversity of Asian ARG members, establishing a supportive community that cherishes diversity and inclusion and promotes cultural awareness.

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HOLA strives to foster a united community acknowledged for its unique cultural differences and the valued contributions that Hispanic/Latino associates bring to BD.

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Limitless endeavors to create an environment where people with disabilities are openly accepted and valued for their individual contributions.

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NEXT works to build a community that empowers associates looking to lead and support BD in the cross-company transformation of culture, policy and capabilities.

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The Nurse Network empowers, elevates and supports nurses in driving change and fostering belonging to help achieve individual goals and thrive as we work together in advancing the world of health™.

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OPEN strives to embrace and inspire the LGBTQIA+ community both within and outside BD through increased visibility, opportunity, development, education and corporate advocacy.

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VETS ARG is committed to BD veterans, veteran supporters, and the military community. We develop and advance VETS members’ careers through professional development, support, networking, and servant leadership. We engage VETS members and drive veteran retention and culture by celebrating and recognizing those who have served their country through collaboration and partnership with veteran organizations.

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WIN empowers, elevates and promotes equality for our global community of women at BD by driving change and fostering belonging to help them achieve their individual goals and thrive as we work together in advancing the world of health™.

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Committing to a healthy workforce and communities

Our Healthy Workforce and Communities 2030+ ESG commitment is a means of holding ourselves accountable for creating opportunities for and empowering all associates to drive innovation. When our associates are empowered, they are better able to contribute to our Purpose of advancing the world of health.™ Our global workforce contributes a variety of diverse perspectives on healthcare challenges and opportunities that help drive BD product innovation and sustained growth.

The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board has general oversight responsibility for the processes, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance matters. The oversight of the 2030+ goals and other important ESG matters is allocated among the Board and it’s four committees. The Compensation and Human Capital Committee has oversight of the BD Healthy Workforce and Communities goals, including ID&E and human capital.

“We understand where we have the greatest opportunities to transform healthcare globally through equity and access.  The 2030+ ESG goals we have set for ourselves serve as our true north in measuring our progress and holding ourselves accountable.”

—Nicole Thompson, Vice President – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Engagement

Our Recognition

We continue to make progress and drive sustained momentum on our journey to build a better BD. We celebrate the recognition we receive from respected organizations and remain committed and accountable to the work required within our company and beyond our corporate walls to build belonging, acceptance and equity for all.

The SWE Professional Mission Award, earned for the fifth consecutive year, and the Best Practice Outreach and Resource Promotion awards are given to companies that embody the core values of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and demonstrate continuous growth to achieve SWE’s strategic goals of professional excellence, globalization, advocacy, and diversity and inclusion.