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Abbott Aims for Gender Parity, STEM Education Push in 2030 Sustainability Plan

Abbott announces a two-pronged approach to its 2030 Sustainability Plan, aiming for 45% female representation in leadership and creating STEM opportunities for 1 lakh youths by 2030.

Abbott Aims for Gender Parity, STEM Education Push in 2030 Sustainability Plan

Abbott is making significant strides towards a more equitable and sustainable future. The healthcare giant recently unveiled a robust 2030 Sustainability Plan with a two-pronged approach – achieving at least 45% female representation in its global management team and creating opportunities for over 1 lakh (100,000) youths to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs and internships by 2030.

 

This announcement comes alongside Abbott India reporting a 24% year-on-year (YoY) rise in consolidated net profit for the March quarter (Q4FY24). These combined efforts highlight Abbott's commitment to not only financial growth but also social responsibility and building a strong talent pipeline for the future.

 

"Our HR practices align with our mission to help people live healthier, fuller lives," said Deepshikha Mukerji, Regional HR Director at Abbott India. "We prioritize creating a supportive work environment with clear growth paths and comprehensive wellbeing support."

 

Diversity and Inclusion at the Forefront

Abbott recognizes the immense value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The company's plan to achieve 45% female representation in its global management team by 2030 is a significant step towards gender parity in leadership positions.

                                                      

To achieve this goal, Abbott leverages various initiatives. Networks like "Women Leaders of Abbott" and the "Working Mothers of Abbott" forum empower and support female employees throughout their careers. These efforts are a testament to Abbott's dedication to fostering a culture that values and promotes the contributions of women in leadership.

 

Abbott's Commitment to STEM Education

The global STEM worker shortage is a pressing concern, and Abbott is actively working to bridge the gap. Their ambitious plan to create opportunities for over 1 lakh youths, with a focus on including 50% from underrepresented groups, in STEM programs and internships by 2030 is a commendable effort.

 

Abbott's focus on skill development goes beyond STEM initiatives. The company offers comprehensive development programs, including sales training and digital skills enhancement, to equip its workforce with the necessary tools to thrive in the ever-evolving business landscape.

 

A Culture of Continuous Learning and Growth

Abbott fosters a culture of continuous learning and growth for its employees. The annual Global Development Week and the Career Connect portal provide valuable cross-functional learning experiences that propel employee development. Additionally, the company's AI-powered HR chatbot, SmaHRty, launched in 2020, exemplifies Abbott's innovative approach to HR practices, streamlining employee interactions with the HR department.

 

A Work Environment that Prioritizes Well-being

Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, Abbott offers flexible work arrangements for its employees. "Our policies ensure flexibility while maintaining performance," said Mukerji. This approach allows employees to achieve a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives, fostering a happier and more engaged workforce.

 

Building a Sustainable Future

Abbott's 2030 Sustainability Plan goes beyond environmental initiatives. The company's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and employee well-being signifies a holistic approach to sustainability. By creating a supportive and inclusive work environment that prioritizes growth and well-being, Abbott is not only ensuring its own success but also paving the way for a more sustainable and equitable future for the healthcare industry.

 

In conclusion, Abbott's 2030 Sustainability Plan presents a roadmap for a future characterized by gender parity, a robust STEM talent pipeline, and a commitment to employee well-being. This comprehensive approach positions Abbott as a leader in corporate responsibility and paves the way for a healthier and more sustainable future for all.


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