Inclusion and Diversity


A diverse, inclusive workplace provides the best environment to ignite innovation and accelerate global growth.

Each of our 45,000 employees brings distinct insights based on characteristics such as gender, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, abilities, sexual orientation, education, and upbringing that enrich our corporate culture, our products, and the communities where we live and work.

Fiscal Year 2012 Highlights

During fiscal year 2012, Medtronic implemented a new Global Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement (GIDE) strategy as the next step in the work that began with our Blueprint for Change. This strategy charges our leaders, managers and employee groups and networks to accelerate our inclusion and diversity efforts.

Our objective is to leverage different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and generations by:

  • integrating diversity, inclusion and engagement into our corporate practices, processes and systems;
  • deploying a global GIDE framework that allows for local-market customization owned by business and regional leaders; and
  • engaging leaders, managers and employees to recruit, retain and recognize employees who advance diversity within the company.

During our annual inclusion and diversity summit, which brings together Medtronic employee resource groups (ERGs) and GIDE leaders, we initiated the creation of global networks that connect our local ERGs. These networks will provide employees with similar interests and backgrounds with additional opportunities to leverage professional development through global mentoring, networking and learning sessions and allow them to share a collective voice on important issues.

Diverse Employee Groups Partner to Provide Global Businesses Insights

Medtronic Employee Resource Groups, which connect employees with common backgrounds or orientations, provide valuable opportunities to leverage knowledge and perspectives that benefit our business.

For example, the Medtronic Asian Resource Group, Medtronic Latin Cultures Network and Medtronic Black Employee Resource Group partnered with the Innovation Team to host a luncheon titled “Engineering Better Therapies: A Global Perspective” during the company’s annual Science & Technology conference in October 2011. This partnership provided a model for our technical community to foster innovation through diverse perspectives.

Attended in person by more than 150 employees, and watched online by many more, the session provided an overview of unmet medical needs and the opportunities and challenges for Medtronic in three key regions: Africa, Asia, and South America.

GIDE Governance

The Medtronic Inclusion Advisory Group, composed of executive committee members and Vice Presidents, is responsible for shaping our company-wide GIDE strategy. The group oversees more than 20 local inclusion coalitions that are led by Medtronic businesses and regions around the world.


The inclusion coalitions create and implement action plans relevant to their local markets, with support from their human resources leaders. Action plans include initiatives to recruit and retain women in leadership positions, improve employee inclusion and engagement survey scores, and achieve employee diversity that reflects regional demographics. The advisory group reviews inclusion coalition plans and results annually.

In November 2011, we conducted a pulse survey to measure employee engagement and inclusion across the company and are using the results to inform goals and action plans for fiscal year 2013.

Inclusion and Diversity Action Plans Spark Creative Engagement

Seeking a way to improve employee engagement and leverage the many geographic and cultural differences across Medtronic’s Central and Eastern Europe region, the local inclusion coalition created a “virtual coffee machine” where employees can take a break and network. The interactive online community, which will launch in fiscal year 2013, allows participants to learn more about other cultures and share practical tips on conducting business in different countries.

Equal Opportunity

As stated in our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Medtronic provides equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, status as a disabled veteran and/or veteran of the Vietnam Era or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified disabled individuals. Our goal is to achieve at least proportionate representation of women and people of color across the company that reflects the demographics in the communities where we operate.

Inclusion and Diversity Training

Medtronic integrates inclusion and diversity into development programs such as New Employee Orientation, Becoming a Medtronic Manager, Experienced Leader Training, and Director Development Training.

All Medtronic employees in the United States and Puerto Rico are required to take courses on inclusion and diversity and harassment prevention as part of new employee orientation. The inclusion and diversity course focuses on aspects of inclusion related to culture and values and discusses appropriate behavior in the workplace. The harassment prevention class is based in Medtronic’s corporate-wide policy on Harassment and Other Forms of Offensive Behavior. It focuses on anti-discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Both courses are available to all employees worldwide.

Medtronic Recognized for Diversity

Medtronic received a 100 percent rating from the 2012 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the third consecutive year. The CEI, used by U.S. businesses as a benchmarking tool for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace, represents best practices in policies that improve recruitment and retention of a diverse and motivated workforce and enhance productivity. The most recent CEI criteria included significantly stronger criteria in the areas of access to medical coverage and equivalent spousal and partner medical benefits, diversity training and public engagement.

Medtronic also ranked 38th on DiversityInc Magazine’s 2012 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, a leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America.