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BMS becomes first pharma company accredited as a Menopause Friendly Workplace

Bristol Myers Squibb UK and Ireland has been announced as the first biopharmaceutical company in the UK to be accredited as a Menopause Friendly Workplace.

Menopause Friendly accreditation is a recognised standard of achievement awarded by an independent panel of judges, recognising employers who put diversity, inclusion, and colleagues’ wellbeing at the centre stage of their business, without feeling that the subject is taboo or off-limits.

Panel members described BMS UK&I’s application as “outstanding” and acknowledged the huge strides they have made to help normalise the menopause by fostering an inclusive culture where people feel able to discuss menopause-related health problems at work.

Since March 2021, BMS UK&I has pioneered a range of menopause-friendly initiatives to support women at work, including:

  • A detailed internal menopause guidance document to support and educate all UK&I staff
    This includes details on the different types of menopause, how symptoms can affect daily work, and signposting to internal and external resources.
  • A reasonable adjustments form to help accommodate staff experiencing menopausal symptoms.
  • A Rapid Access Female Treatment Service (RAFT) that allows employees experiencing severe menopausal symptoms in the workplace to be referred to a consultant gynaecologist who is an accredited British Menopause Society specialist.
  • Training 17 menopause advocates across UK&I sites who help educate, raise awareness, and signpost colleagues on their menopause journey
  • A menopause portal developed for employees, by employees, to access support and information.
  • Training more than 60% of the UK&I workforce on menopause awareness (of which this training is mandatory for People Managers and Occupational Health).

Scott Cooke, General Manager for BMS UK&I, said: “I am so proud that Bristol Myers Squibb UK&I is the first pharmaceutical company to have been officially awarded Menopause Friendly status, highlighting our continued commitment to ensuring that all people affected by the menopause feel supported at work. I am delighted that we are helping lead the way in changing how businesses think about the menopause, and we remain passionate about accelerating change in workplace best practice and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work every day.”

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Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper
Emma is Content Manager at Pf Media.

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