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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Jim Foster, Chairman and CEO

"I stand shoulder to shoulder with this team of leaders to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t a program at Charles River, it is how we work and interact to be the difference every day. It is our way of being that is essential to bringing about the changes that we need."


Better Together: Embracing our Differences to Create Healthier Lives

We are ardent believers in diversity, equity and inclusion – this commitment starts at the top with our CEO and extends into all facets of our business and our relationships with vendors, suppliers and business partners. We are committed to creating a workplace where everyone can succeed and thrive. We are dedicated to building and retaining a talented workforce that encompasses diversity of thought, work styles, and beliefs as well as all aspects of diversity including race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, and other categories as outlined in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion spans across all employment-related decisions, from hiring and promotions, to succession planning, compensation, performance, training, and career development programs.

Our Approach and Oversight

We’ve formed a global, executive-level DE&I Council to provide the oversight needed to drive change and embody diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in our words and actions. Our CEO-led executive DE&I Council has established a multi-year strategy with five strategic pillars to provide a consistent global approach which includes and goes beyond our commitment to gender and racial equity. This Council meets quarterly to evaluate the work and measure progress, which is shared annually with the Board of Directors.

At Charles River, we are thousands of difference makers across the globe, united by one purpose: 


Together We Create Healthier Lives.


Achieving this purpose requires diverse perspectives and experiences to advance scientific breakthroughs and an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in all of us. When we succeed at this, our innovation flourishes, enabling us to deliver the highest-quality, equitable outcomes to our colleagues, communities, clients, and the animals and patients we work to help each day.

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Victoria Creamer, Chief People Officer

"In this role, I have the privilege to focus on people and ensure each person can "be the difference" and bring to life our vision of helping others. We are a team of 21,000 and growing each day with the addition of new and diverse talent through hiring and mergers and acquisitions (M&A)."

Personal Pronouns

As an organisation, we understand the importance of personal pronouns and encourage all employees, regardless of their gender identity, to share their personal pronouns in introductions, on name tags, in email signatures, and in meetings. These actions help make our workplace more inclusive and fosters a sense of belonging. Using personal pronouns is an integral step toward respecting people’s gender identity and creating a welcoming space for people of all genders.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Our company-supported ERGs are open to all employees and are an integral part of our mission and vision to foster an equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplace. These ERGs also help cultivate a strong sense of community involvement, professional development, and ally education.

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