To achieve PMI’s ambition of a smoke-free future, fostering a truly diverse and inclusive community of empowered people is a business imperative. 

Why? Because diversity, equity, and inclusion unlock the door to the innovation, creativity, and progress required to deliver the public health milestone of a world without cigarettes. 

Furthermore, our company has a duty to do the right thing and lead by example to drive lasting change for wider society. 

I do it with Pride

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I travel with pride

I live with pride

I lead with pride

I move with pride

I write with pride

I connect with pride

I photograph with pride

I achieve with pride

I learn with pride

I mentor with pride

I sing with pride

I do it with pride

We are proud to be supporting our incredible employees within the LGBTQ+ community at PMI.

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That’s why we’re committed to cultivating a psychologically safe environment where every employee feels heard, listened to, valued, and has a sense of belonging.  

This, in turn, enables our people to bring their best, authentic selves to work—regardless of any differences that make them who they are.

LISTEN: PMI’s Marian Salzman and Nikki Symmons: How one conversation changed everything for our LGBTQ+ colleagues (hosted and produced by Rachel Shelley)



LISTEN: PMI’s Marian Salzman and Nikki Symmons: How one conversation changed everything for our LGBTQ+ colleagues (hosted and produced by Rachel Shelley)



Employee Resource Groups: Everyone’s invited 

Supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion within our workforce—and international events such as Pride Month—is just one of the numerous ways we can help to establish diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our organization. 

As well as being a Global Diversity Champion member of Stonewall, PMI has organically developed an international network of LGBTQ+ employee groups spanning the world. 

This includes our STRIPES Global Employee Resource Group (ERG), which was launched in 2020 to offer support, guidance, and resources to the affiliate groups—in alignment with the STRIPES brand. It provides a space for our employees around the world to unite, share their experiences, and offer support. 

Our STRIPES ERG welcomes the attendance and involvement of all, encouraging employees to learn more about each other’s differences—and valuing them. 

Celebrating our differences enables us to cultivate a workplace where all employees are championed, valued, respected, heard, and able to be the best version of themselves. This is what will unlock the door to the innovation and collaboration required for PMI to achieve its smoke-free ambitions.
Mimi Kurniawan, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

Pride month to me means celebrating the beauty of being yourself and reinforcing discussions about respect. It is also about continuously reflecting on our own privileges and biases to help create an environment where everyone can feel comfortable to be themselves.

Guilherme Klein, Senior Manager People & Communications and DEI communications, U.K.


Pride month has always been about remembering the struggles of the past, continuing the fight for equality today, and helping build a better future where we can be our true selves without discrimination. It is a reminder that we can live vastly different lives and co-exist on the basis of mutual respect.

Friedrich Alidair Sarigumba, Global Mobility Business Partner, U.K.



Pride month is an opportunity for us to remember that diversity makes us stronger only when we are inclusive and treat each other with equal respect, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Naresh Chandra, Manager Integrated Talent Management, Canada


Respect, love, and compassion

The same open-door policy applies to all our ERGs. Through Embrace (championing racial and cultural equity), WIN (inspiring and empowering women), PMI Able (raising awareness of all visible and invisible disabilities), Parents@PMI (supporting PMI parents and caregivers), and advantAGE (aiming to improve intergenerational understanding), we are striving for equality, education, representation, and allyship across the board. 

Because inclusion means just that: Embracing everyone.  

That’s why international calendar events like Pride Month are so important—they allow us to celebrate the beauty of our differences, reinforcing the need for respect, love, and compassion. 

These are moments we should seize to reflect on our biases and help accelerate a global shift that will enable everyone to bask in the freedom of being themselves—without fear of judgment or discrimination. 

And not just for one month, but every day of every year.

Stefano Volpetti, President, Smoke-Free Inhaled Products & Chief Consumer Officer, PMI
At PMI, we are committed to addressing and nurturing the broadest definition of diversity as a way to deliver winning business and employee engagement. Pride month is an occasion for all of us to celebrate the joy and the freedom of being ourselves without any bias.
Stefano Volpetti, President, Smoke-Free Inhaled Products & Chief Consumer Officer, Switzerland

Driving change to deliver a better world 

There’s still a long way to go, but PMI is making significant progress in fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. 

When it comes to gender equality, for instance, we have reached our 2022 target of at least 40 percent female representation in management. Our next goal is to achieve at least 35 percent of women in senior roles by 2025. 

We’ve also been re-certified as an EQUAL-SALARY global company, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work between women and men. As businesses, we have a responsibility to help shape a future where everyone can thrive as their true, unencumbered, best, and brilliant selves. 

Who wouldn’t have pride in that?

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