People and Culture

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Building an Inspired, Curious, Unbossed culture

We must fundamentally reimagine the way we work and create a culture that brings out the best in our people to fulfil our purpose of reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We believe we can drive innovation, performance and reputation, and enhance our people's work experience by transforming our culture to be more Inspired, Curious and Unbossed.


Our purpose answers the desire many people have for meaning and fulfillment in their work, so we want to make sure our people see the huge contribution that their work makes, to empower them to be their best selves every day and achieve their personal and professional goals.

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We believe curiosity fuels discovery. To develop innovative medicines and breakthrough healthcare solutions, we need curious minds with a constant desire to learn and a passion to discover new and better ways of doing things.

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Our people are most creative and productive when they are empowered to shape their work environment and pursue their ideas. We are focusing on encouraging leaders to remove obstacles and to empower their teams to reach their full potential. We are also equipping them with tools to be more self-aware and to set clear goals.

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Our people are our greatest asset

It is our people who will challenge medical paradigms and deliver transformative innovation; our people who will rethink how we work and embed operational excellence across every aspect of the value chain; our people who will spark a digital revolution and make it possible to go big on data and digital, and our people who will operate with the values and integrity that will build trust with society.

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Highlights from 2019
  • 769M

    Patients reached with Novartis medicines

  • 72B


  • $9.0B

    Investment in research and development

  • 110 873

    People (own operations)

Values and Behaviours

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    Engage our people. Strike for patients. Live our purpose.

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    Learn. Be open. Be self-aware.

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    Create clarity. Serve others. Own your actions.

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    Be honest. Have courage. Do what is right.

Our people are encouraged to live values and behaviors that underpin our culture and enable us to deliver on our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend patients’ lives.

Parental Leave

14 weeks minimum paid parental leave, countless precious moments.  Find out more about our Global Equal Parental Leave Policy for all Novartis parents.

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