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AstraZeneca Recognized as One of Working Mother Magazine's '100 Best Companies'

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. Currently, there are 19 employee network groups at AstraZeneca, including groups for women, caregivers, working parents, mature workers, and adoptive parents. The company's on-site childcare center offers full and part-time care for young children and infants and a summer day camp, before and after school care, and holiday care for school-age children.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of meaningful prescription medicines and supplier for healthcare services. AstraZeneca is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies with healthcare sales of $29.55 billion and is a leader in gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory, oncology and infectious disease medicines. In the United States, AstraZeneca is a $13.35 billion dollar healthcare business with 12,200 employees committed to improving people's lives. AstraZeneca is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Global) as well as the FTSE4Good Index.

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About Working Mother

Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media, which was founded in 2001. Working Mother Media includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion culture change.

Companies were selected for the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions. The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, childcare, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, childcare, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to family-friendly policies, flexibility, leave policies and benefits for part-timers.

A complete list of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at

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