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AstraZeneca Recognized as One of Working Mother Magazine's '100 Best Companies'
Date:9/23/2008

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN), a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, has been named one of the "100 Best Companies" to work for by Working Mother magazine for the seventh consecutive year. This honor recognizes the company's commitment to family-friendly policies that support employee retention, employee engagement, and career advancement.

AstraZeneca's extensive benefits and wellness programs are designed to both keep employees healthy, and help them manage work and family responsibilities. Additionally, this year, the company received particular recognition from Working Mother for its childcare benefits, mentoring of female employees, flexible work arrangements, and workplace support of diverse employee network groups. At AstraZeneca, career development and mentoring programs, childcare and eldercare resources, and parental leaves and compressed workweeks also contribute to a supportive working culture for employees.

"We're always striving to nurture an environment that is supportive of women at different stages of their careers and with diverse experiences and professional interests," said Tony Zook, President and CEO, AstraZeneca North America. "This long-standing commitment to our employees has helped us build an inclusive culture of innovation and opportunity that enables our people do what they do best -- make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients. We're honored to receive this recognition from Working Mother."

In 2007, AstraZeneca launched a women's leadership initiative whose principal component is an innovative, structured peer coaching program called Success Circles. The program strives to help women through coaching and leadership skill development. Additionally, AstraZeneca's employee network groups are an integral part of the company culture as they create new ways for employees from various areas of the company to share resources and unique perspectives. Cu
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