Driving Diversity And Inclusion Solidify Novartis Malaysia Top Employer Position

Kuala Lumpur, 12 March 2024Novartis Malaysia’s commitment to be at the forefront of implementing employee-centric policies have contributed to the company being recognised as Top Employer for the fifth consecutive year. The leading multinational company, which employs close to 600 associates in Malaysia, revealed that these policies include parental leave of 14 weeks in total as well as extending its maternity benefits to include employees’ spouse.  

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In addition, Novartis Malaysia is also actively inculcating an ‘unbossed’ culture within its workspace by introducing a hybrid work guideline that allows its employees the flexibility of working out of the office once he or she has fulfilled a 12 in-office work-day per month criteria. 

Novartis as Top Employer

Novartis Malaysia stated that its steadfastness to consistently introduce progressive and innovative workplace policies that recognises diversity, equity and prioritises inclusivity was a key factor that recognised Novartis as a Top Employer in Malaysia for Excellence in Employee Conditions by the Top Employers Institute recently. 

This marked the fifth consecutive year that the company had received this accolade, which has been underpinned by its outstanding human resources management strategy and people practices that are tailored to enrich people in the workplace. The certification also validates Novartis Malaysia’s commitment towards embracing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace to support its purpose of reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives.

Mohamed Elwakil, Country President of Novartis Malaysia says, “We are honoured to be recognised as a Top Employer for the fifth consecutive year. People centricity is at the core of our business strategies, where we create an inclusive working environment, embrace diversity and continuously develop a dynamic workforce. Through our associates, we believe we can drive innovation, performance, and reputation in line with our culture to be more Inspired, Curious and Unbossed.”

“This strategy certainly plays a role in growing our presence as a leading innovative medicines company that helps to extend and improve the lives of over 32 million Malaysians.”

A prestigious award

Elsie Chang, Head of Novartis Corporate Centre Kuala Lumpur (NOCC KL) says, “We are thrilled to be recognized as the Top Employer for five consecutive years. This prestigious award underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees and their overall wellbeing. At Novartis, we believe that our greatest asset is our people, and we strive to create an inclusive and dynamic workplace that fosters growth, innovation, and collaboration.” 

Anne Heng, Country Head, of People and Organization for Novartis Malaysia says, “This certification is not only an achievement but a strategy that has contributed to Novartis’s sustained success. This underscores Novartis’s commitment to providing an excellent working environment for our employees. The company’s continued investment in organic talent development, focus on upskilling, and innovative training methods have resulted in industry-leading outcomes, which have reinforced our position as a leading force in the healthcare industry.” 

“The Top Employer Institute repeatedly sets high standards and the demands on modern HR work are constantly growing. This recognition is a real team effort and shows that we not only offer excellent working conditions, but have also created an attractive and future-oriented environment for our people.” 


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