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Novartis UK has been recognized for its “people-first” human resources (HR) practices by being officially certified as a 2019 Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute, the sixth consecutive year the company has been granted this status. Sandoz UK, a division of the Novartis Group, has also been certified as a 2019 Top Employer. The annual, international Top Employer award recognizes market-leading employers that provide exceptional employee conditions. Contributing to Novartis UK’s success this year was the launch of three new wellbeing initiatives: • the Ensemble program, which supports Novartis associates in the UK whose lives have been affected by cancer, whether they are facing cancer as an individual, caregiver or as a manager; • a mental health action plan, put in place across Novartis UK to break the stigma about mental health in the workplace; • the Energized for Life program, which encourages all Novartis employees to realize their full potential and be their “best self every day and everywhere”. The program concentrates on a new cultural aspiration to be inspired, curious and “unbossed”. Erica Cassin, HR Director at Novartis UK, commented: “This year we have placed huge focus on our employee wellbeing offering through the launch of UK-specific support hubs for associates affected by mental health challenges and cancer. I am extremely proud that these important initiatives have contributed to our Top Employer success, and that they help to ensure Novartis remains an employer of choice.” www.top-employers.com