Diversity and inclusion

As stated in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, “We prohibit discrimination. We recruit, hire, develop, promote, discipline, and provide other conditions of employment without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other category protected by law. This includes accommodating employees’ disabilities or religious beliefs or practices.” Consistent with this policy, we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and communities. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Statement articulates our commitment to a diverse workforce and an environment that respects all individuals and their contributions. The Statement is supported by our D&I Strategy which indicates, “Diversity and inclusion are not just aspirational social concepts. Rather, they are a cornerstone of a successful global business.” Among its commitments is maintaining a D&I Advisory Group comprised of a senior business and HR leader from each business unit, supported by a broader D&I Working Group. Commitments include understanding the state of D&I across the Group, with plans to address areas for improvement.  

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The company employs approximately 30,000 people who serve customers in more than 180 countries around the world. As a global organisation, we value people of all cultures, nationalities, races, religions, and ethnicities, regardless of characteristics such as gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to promoting a diverse workforce and we strive to create a work environment that respects individuals and their contributions, and fosters innovation.

Diversity of people and ideas creates strength for our business and customers. We are passionate about attracting, retaining and developing the most talented and skilled individuals, regardless of background. We encourage our people to work across functions, geographies and cultures as one company. 


CEO Erik Engstrom signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, which aim to help companies empower women and promote gender equality. In the year, we mapped out existing practices relative to the WEPs.

We promote Employee Resource Groups, which allow diversity to be expressed in meaningful ways. They are independent, voluntary networks of employees who share common interests. The groups help drive diversity initiatives, community involvement and promote career development through mentoring, workshops, leadership speakers and external networking. The Elsevier Women’s Network, which began at the close of 2008 with five women, had over 550 members and 12 active chapters at the close of 2015. LexisNexis Legal & Professional has Women Connected chapters in the US and UK. Read about some of their activities in 2015.

Read more in the 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report.