Diversity and inclusion

“At Stryker, we stand for a work environment that does not tolerate discrimination, injustice or acts of violence. We strive to foster a culture where all employees feel safe, included and engaged. Our mission and values unite employees around a diverse and inclusive culture that focuses on doing what’s right and making healthcare better.”

– Kevin Lobo   


Building a sustainable workforce

We encourage, value and leverage the differences in people and perspectives to make healthcare better. Employee engagement is extremely important to us. By listening to our employees through feedback given in annual workplace surveys we hear directly from them what they feel is important and continually improve our culture. In 2018, 97% of our employees shared their thoughts about our workplace culture. The near universal participation of our employees reflects our organization’s strong commitment to engagement. Additionally, we scored in the 89th percentile for the question, “At work, my opinions count,” which we identify as one of the key drivers of employee engagement. 

We also know that fostering best-practices in manager-team relationships builds employee trust. We offer a variety of tools and trainings to equip our managers to drive business outcomes and employee engagement. We host a series called the Engagement Learning Series designed to provide education on a variety of engagement-related topics and keep a focus on engagement throughout the year. Sessions cover the foundations for accelerating engagement, how to use action planning and tying engagement to business outcomes. The sessions are open to all employees, and we record and post them on our intranet community. More than 3,248 managers participated in 2018. 

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) act as strategic partners to the business by promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our ERGs include: Stryker Women’s Network (SWN), Stryker’s Allies for Equality (SAFE), Women in Stryker’s Engineering (WISE), Stryker’s African American Network (SAAN), Hispanic/Latino network (SOMOS), Stryker’s Emerging Professionals (SEP) and Stryker’s Veterans Association (SVA). 

At Stryker, Diversity and Inclusion is an imperative supported and driven by leadership. In 2019 our Chairman and CEO, Kevin Lobo, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Kevin is focused on driving diversity and creating an inclusive environment and this commitment is driven by the understanding that diversity and inclusion is a societal issue that CEOs must play a critical role in addressing. 

“I was inspired to sign the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge because diversity and inclusion are business imperatives that align with our mission and values,” said Kevin. “We must continue to create a workplace that encourages everyone to contribute to their full potential and mirrors the diversity of our customers and patients.”