Awards and Recognition

Novartis is honored to receive numerous awards for progress in research and development, our working environment, and our corporate responsibility activities.

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Novartis recognized as one of “America’s Best Employer’s for New Graduates” in 2021 by Forbes.

Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to identify the companies most liked by new workforce entrants in their annual ranking. The list was compiled by surveying 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years professional experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees.

Novartis is recognized as a Global Top Employer for 2021

We are honored to have been certified as a Top Employer globally, the first time our worldwide organization has earned this distinction. This certification will encourage the continued attraction of top talent to our organization and strengthen our offering as a destination employer into the future.

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Novartis rises to #3 in the pharmaceutical category of the Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies list

Novartis rose to #3 in the Fortune World's Most Admired Companies Pharmaceuticals Industry list, from #4 in 2020 and 2019. Across the scored reputational dimensions, Novartis saw significant improvements in Social Responsibility (ranking as #4 most admired pharma company in this category in 2021 vs #8 in 2020) and Quality of Products (#4 in 2021 vs #7 in 2020). Novartis ranks #3 in Innovation and #2 In Global Competitiveness (the same as 2020).

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Novartis is proud to be included again in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.

Novartis is proud to be included again in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.  We are honored to be recognized among the 380 companies that achieve the highest standards in measures of inclusion such as female empowerment and gender pay parity, across 44 countries and regions. This further supports our commitment to build an inclusive and equitable workplace that empowers all of our associates to achieve their full potential.

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Novartis ranks second in 2021 Access to Medicine Index

Novartis maintained its position in the 2021 Access to Medicine Index, leading in its approach to product delivery, while performing strongly across all other areas of the Index.

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CDP rates Novartis A on Water and A- in Climate in 2020

Novartis is one of 106 companies worldwide to make CDP’s Water A List in 2020. We also maintained an A- rating and are recognized among category leaders in the 2020 CDP Climate Score.

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Novartis included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2020

Novartis is pleased to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI Europe Index again this year. We are proud of our industry-leading performance in the areas of social and environmental reporting, human capital development and labor practices.

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Novartis enters the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list by Boston Consulting Group

Novartis is proud to be named one of the “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World” by Boston Consulting Group. The list ranks companies based on a global survey of executives as well as the return they have produced for shareholders over the past three years.

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Novartis receives bronze award for best People Development Program 2020

We are proud to have received a learning award from the Learning and Performance Institute, who are known for recognizing the highest achievements in the workplace around learning and development.

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Novartis top pharma company in Refinitiv Most Diverse & Inclusive Companies for third year running

At Novartis, we seek to build a diverse and inclusive workplace that values unique and curious minds, where we are all free to be our best and true selves. We are proud therefore to be recognized in the Refinitiv Top 25 Most Diverse & Inclusive Companies for the third year in a row. This reflects our continued commitment to listen to different communities with a learning mindset and shape business practices that contribute to building a world that is healthier, safer and more inclusive.

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The Association of Talent Development honors Novartis in 2019

We are proud to have been recognized by the Association of Talent Development and to receive the Excellence in Practice Award in 2019 for our commitment to developing talent.

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Collaboration between Learnlight and Novartis ranks #3 at Chief Learning Officer awards 2019

We are delighted to have received the bronze award for the Excellence in Partnership honor for our work with Learnlight that has led to the implementation of a new virtual language training solution.

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Novartis recognized with Learning Strategy Innovation Award 2019

We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts as we continue to go big on learning.

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Novartis makes the 2019 Top Employer list from Science Magazine 

We are delighted and thankful to our associates to be listed one of the top 20 employers after completing the 17th Annual Top Employer Survey by Science Magazine.

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Novartis Switzerland ranks as most attractive employer for Natural Science students in 2019

Most attractive Employers Award 2019 goes to Novartis Switzerland. We are proud to have been voted as the most attractive employer in the field of natural science by students in the annual Universum survey.

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Novartis ranks #4 in PatientView’s 2019 corporate reputation survey of patient organizations worldwide

The Corporate Reputation of Pharma 2019 global report reflects the findings of a survey conducted by PatientView with patient organizations worldwide.

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CDP rates Novartis A on Water and A- in Climate in 2019

Novartis is one of 71 companies worldwide to make CDP’s Water A List in 2019. We also maintained an A- rating and are recognized among category leaders in the 2019 CDP Climate Score.

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In addition, Novartis has been identified as a global leader for engaging with its suppliers on climate change, being awarded a position on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard.

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Novartis included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Novartis is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index! We are honored to be recognized among 325 companies across 50 industries and 42 countries and regions. This reflects our commitment to fostering a more inclusive and equitable workplace and our continued work toward achieving gender balance in management and positively influencing the gender pay gap by 2023.

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Fortune's Most Admired Pharmaceutical Companies 2020

Novartis has again been ranked #4 by Fortune Magazine as one of the most admired pharmaceutical companies in the world.

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Novartis included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2019

Novartis is pleased to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI Europe Index again this year. We are proud of our industry-leading performance in the areas of environmental reporting, environmental policy and management systems, and labor practices.

Novartis ranks #4 in PatientView’s 2018 reputation survey of patient groups worldwide

In PatientView’s 2018 “Corporate Reputation of the Pharmaceutical Industry – from the Patient Perspective” Novartis ranked #4 overall. The company was also the number one partner for patient groups and ranked first in corporate brand awareness.

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Novartis moves up to #18 in 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list by Corporate Knights

The Corporate Knights list is recognized as one of the leading sustainability rankings worldwide and inclusion is determined using up to 14 quantitative social, environmental and governance indicators, such as innovation capacity, employee turnover and leadership diversity.

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Novartis ranks second in 2018 Access to Medicine Index

We moved up one position from number 3 in 2016, in recognition of our efforts to improve worldwide access to healthcare. Novartis remained the industry leader in access-to-medicine management, and its newly launched Access Principles – which aim to systematically integrate access strategies in how the company researches, develops and delivers medicines globally – have been highlighted as an innovative practice.

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Novartis recognized with “Sustainability Report of the Year” Award

Our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report was awarded by Ethical Corporation, a nongovernmental organization that recognizes those that are truly having an impact on business, society and the environment.

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Novartis included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2018

Novartis is pleased to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI Europe Index again this year. We are proud of our industry-leading performance in the areas of governance, environmental reporting, environmental policy and management systems, and human capital development.

Novartis ranks #2 in Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index 2018

Novartis has been ranked #2 out of the top 100 publicly traded companies that make up the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index. As one of the most diverse and inclusive workplaces globally, we are proud that our efforts to create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and heard are being recognized.

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Novartis #3 corporate institution in Nature Index 2018 ranking

The Nature Index 2018 ranking, published by Nature Research, ranks various institutions (corporate, academic, government, NPO/NGO) based on contributions to articles published in a group of 82 selected science journals. Novartis maintained its #3 ranking from 2017.

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Novartis ranks #3 in 2018 Pharmaceutical Innovation Index

IdeaPharma’s PII ranks companies on their ability to bring products from early development to market and commercialize them successfully. Novartis moved up 9 spots, from #12 in 2017.

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Novartis moves up 4 places to 64 in 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list by Corporate Knights

The Corporate Knights list is recognized as one of the leading sustainability rankings worldwide and inclusion is determined using up to 14 quantitative social, environmental and governance indicators, such as innovation capacity, employee turnover and leadership diversity.

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Fast Company’s 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies list

Novartis has been named #1 most innovative biotech company and ranked #21 overall by Fast Company. The ranking identifies the most notable innovations of the year.

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CDP rates Novartis A on Water and A- in Climate in 2017

Novartis is one of 73 companies worldwide to make CDP’s Water A List in 2017. We also maintained an A- rating and are recognized among category leaders in healthcare in the 2017 CDP Climate Score.

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Fortune’s Change the World List 2017

Novartis ranked #4 in Fortune’s list of companies that are doing well by doing good. The list recognizes companies that have a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.

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Novartis included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index 2017

Novartis was ranked fourth in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World (up from 7th in 2016), and re-entered the DJSI Europe Index for the first time in four years. The DJSI assessment has become the gold-standard for assessing the ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance of companies worldwide.

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Novartis in FTSE4Good index 2017

The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.

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Novartis on FORTUNE's list of the World's Most Admired Companies 2017

Novartis is proud to once again rank #2 in the FORTUNE World's Most Admired Companies Pharmaceuticals Industry list. This is the third consecutive year that Novartis ranked as the second-most-admired company in our sector, and the 13thconsecutive year that Novartis is in the top three.

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Novartis among 2017 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list by Corporate Knights

The Corporate Knights list is recognized as one of the leading sustainability rankings worldwide and inclusion is determined using up to 14 quantitative social, environmental and governance indicators, such as innovation capacity, employee turnover and leadership diversity.

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Thomson Reuters’ IX Global Diversity and Inclusion Index

Novartis ranked sixth among the Top 100 ranked companies of Thomson Reuters’ “IX Global Diversity and Inclusion Index.

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MedAdNews Top 10 pipelines

Novartis is again honored to be included in the 2017 “Top 10 Pipelines” list published by MedAdNews.

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Novartis is featured as one of the 2016 “Top 100 Global Innovators”

Novartis is featured as one of the 2016 “Top 100 Global Innovators,” as compiled by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the “IP & Science” division of Thomson Reuters). Novartis is listed for the third consecutive time.

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Two Novartis products receive 2016 Prix Galien Foundation Awards

Novartis has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Prix Galien USA Award for Best Biotechnology Product for Cosentyx® (secukinumab), as well as the Prix Galien Foundation "Discovery of the Decade" Award for Best Pharmaceutical Product for the drug Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate).

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Novartis listed in STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index

Novartis remains in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices – comprising the leading global companies in terms of ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.

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Novartis Corporate Responsibility Performance Report “highly commended”

At its Responsible Business Awards 2016, Ethical Corporation recognized the Novartis 2015 CR Performance Report as “highly commended” in the category Best Sustainability Report.

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2016 Newsweek Green Rankings

Novartis has been ranked among the top green companies in the world by  2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. Since 2009, the Newsweek Green Rankings, created in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, have been one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings which assess the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance.

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Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2016

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation recognized among the best employers for diversity in the US in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

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