Employees helping communities

Employee volunteering is important to us. We encourage our people to contribute to their local communities – and give them plenty of support to do so.

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We’re pleased to be able to support communities and charities. But employee volunteering isn’t purely giving to others. It helps our people to gain new experiences and skills plus, in many cases, a deeper understanding of patient needs.

Orange Day

We launched Orange Day to give all our employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for a good cause. Employees across the world have supported a wide range of charities and projects including work in local schools, shelters for the homeless, community gardens, nursing homes and communities affected by natural disasters.

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organization for three or six months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad.

Since its launch in 2009, PULSE has sent 705 employees from 63 countries to serve 120 non-profit partners in 68 countries, supporting partners that work on healthcare access and issues affecting children – this equates to £22 million worth of skilled services. The PULSE program enables our employees to work full-time with non-profit organizations, leveraging their professional expertise and knowledge for the good of the organization and society.

For instance, Karolina Bielawska from GSK in Poland worked with Mundo Sano in Argentina to develop a communications strategy to support them in their efforts to combat neglected tropical diseases in parts of Latin America. Karolina developed communication materials and helped to train the local team on implementing the communications strategy to ensure that the work could be continued after her departure.

Find out more about employee volunteering.

Download the PULSE 2016 Impact Report