First, the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, conducted annually in partnership with Gallup®, reveals unique insights directly from the experiences of women and provides a framework for making progress. The Index’s results underscore that prioritizing women’s health is more critical now than ever. It is striking and disheartening that even in developed economies, women’s health has taken a step back in the past year. For example, more than 1.5 billion women worldwide lacked essential health screenings for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and sexually transmitted infections. This is unacceptable. With the multiyear Index initiative, we will continue to bring awareness to women’s health at the highest levels, as evidenced by our inaugural participation at the 2022 World Economic Forum’s gathering in Davos, Switzerland. We will relentlessly engage policymakers, business leaders, scholars, nonprofit advocates and others to join us in helping women around the world live longer and better.
Second, with Project Health Equality, we collaborate with our partners to reduce the healthcare disparities gap that underserved women face. Research shows, for example, that Black women are almost 40% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to non-Hispanic white women. Together with our Project Health Equality partners, we aim to change these statistics. Elsewhere in this report, we proudly highlight events, partnerships and programs that help women overcome systemic hurdles to high-quality healthcare.
Third, our global alliance with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) creates what WTA President Micky Lawler describes as a “fantastic partnership — couldn’t have asked for a better team of people, a better brand and a better shared mission.” We and the WTA, two champions for women, have joined forces to realize further progress.
As the WTA’s lead sponsor, Hologic works with the sport’s legends and athletes to increase awareness of preventive care, advance equality for women on and off the court as well as raise money for the charitable ACEing Cancer program to fund researchers and nonprofit groups battling women's cancers.
Fourth, our employee engagement is best-in-class. It is a direct reflection of our vibrant culture, created by teams of people committed to living our organization’s purpose. In 2022, Hologic received Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award for the second year in a row. As I speak with both long-serving and new employees, our purpose shines through as a strong motivator for continued success.
While we have made meaningful progress, our sustainability journey is by no means complete. Every day, we seek to improve and refine our strategy with heartfelt purpose, passion and promise. The women of the world deserve nothing less.