Scott Vowels
Celeste Warren
Vice President, Human Resources and Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence
Merck

Merck's Celeste Warren Develops Impactful D&I Strateg

Celeste Warren is the Vice President, Human Resources and Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence at Merck. She developed a three-year strategy for Merck which would enable the company to advance global diversity and inclusion. Her approach was to have numerous conversations with business leaders, employees, and external diversity practitioners. The end result was a global D&I strategy that is encompassing, holistic, and impactful. Strategy execution, now in its third year, helped to facilitate increased representation of diverse people in the workforce and diverse patients in clinical trials, and diverse suppliers in the supply chain. It has led to leveraging the diverse employees for customer insights and increased collaboration with customers around D&I initiatives.

Celeste believes a key best practice is the integration of D&I into the fabric of the organization through operating processes and systems. The company’s scorecard outlining priorities in six areas includes two priorities that are centered around representation of women globally and persons of color in the U.S., and around supporting economic inclusion and supplier diversity. Each quarter, divisional Operations Reviews assess the progress made towards reaching D&I objectives.


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