Prioritizing corporate responsibility

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Making a difference

Everyone at Vertex is committed to making a difference in the lives of people with serious diseases. The same values that guide and drive our innovation process — fearlessness, diversity, collaboration and commitment to patients — also fuel our corporate responsibility efforts. Our commitment to being a good corporate citizen is stronger than ever.

 
 

Supporting the patient community

 

We’re dedicated to developing innovative medicines for serious diseases. Our aim is for our medicines to be accessible to all patients who need them around the world. We work with government agencies, policymakers, payors, patient advocacy organizations and health insurers on identifying and securing pathways to access. We continue to expand patient access to our medicines globally, and our cystic fibrosis (CF) medicines are currently approved and reimbursed in more than 30 countries around the world. 

We know there is more work to be done. Access barriers are complex, and partnerships and collaborations are critical to this work. We remain committed to working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to make our medicines accessible around the world. 

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Fostering our inclusive workplace

 

Our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) is longstanding. We value the unique perspectives and strengths that each employee brings, and we know that we innovate at our best when we have an inclusive, diverse and equitable workforce and culture.

We have made progress and recognize that achieving true excellence in ID&E takes a sustained push. We’re committed to doing even more to promote gender equity, address gaps in representations and advance ID&E within our leadership team. Fostering a culture in which everyone can bring their best selves because they feel — and are — valued for sharing their perspectives and challenging ideas enables us to continue to serially innovate and be better attuned to the needs and experiences of our diverse patient populations globally.

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Managing our environmental footprint

 

We’re committed to operating our company sustainably and limiting our impact on the environment. We work toward this goal by implementing best practices for reducing energy and emissions, minimizing waste and advancing innovative green chemistry initiatives. Then, we manage, measure and publish our progress. 

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Positively impacting our communities

 

We take community engagement as seriously as we take our science, with a variety of programs providing employees a chance to support and engage in their local communities — whether that’s through our annual Day of Service or the Vertex Foundation Matching Gift program. We’re pleased that our employees’ impacts in their communities have been recognized, for example, by our inclusion on the Civic 50, making Vertex among the most community-minded companies in the U.S. 

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Our STEAM commitment

We are dedicated to inspiring and equipping the next generation of scientific leaders. We have a robust network of programs and partners to connect students directly with real-life, hands-on STEAM experiences. No matter where they are in their educational journey, we want to get students excited about STEAM early on to help them succeed in their future careers. 

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Grants and giving

 

At Vertex, giving back includes providing opportunities to support our communities through charitable giving, research awards, scholarships and sponsorships. Together, Vertex and the Vertex Foundation fund a variety of programs that support students, educate health care professionals, strengthen scientific research and fulfill unmet needs in the community. 

Learn more about Vertex Foundation opportunities on its website, and explore Vertex opportunities on our Grants and Giving page:

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Recognized for our corporate responsibility efforts

 

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The Civic 50 

Vertex was named as one of the 2022 honorees of the Civic 50, recognizing us as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.

 

Boston Business Journal 2021 Corporate Citizenship Awards logo
Boston Business Journal
Top Charitable Contributor

Vertex was the highest-ranking company in the "Life Sciences" category and named #6 of 98 companies on the annual list of the Most Charitable Companies in Mass., which honors companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 2022
Human Rights Campaign
Corporate Equality Index 2022

In 2022, Vertex received a score of 95 (out of 100) on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index.