Our employees devote their time and expertise to create positive change in our communities around the world. This gives them an opportunity to get to know some of our partner organizations and develop professional skills in challenging environments. In return our partners benefit from strategic planning, operational improvements and enhanced communications. Our two flagship volunteering programs are PULSE and Orange Days.
What is PULSE?
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.
What are the benefits of PULSE?
By using their expertise to help non-profits with their most pressing problems, employees are able to make a sustainable difference to the organization and communities they serve. At the same time, employees benefit from this experience as they come back re-energized and return to GSK with fresh insights, ideas, and a renewed connection to our mission to help people “do more, feel better, live longer.”
The impact of PULSE is evident from the data we collect from our volunteers, our non-profit partners, and the volunteers’ managers and colleagues at the end of a PULSE assignment. For example:
- 90% of non-profit partners agree that as a result of the PULSE volunteer, their organization is doing something differently
- 98% of PULSE volunteers believe that their assignment helped them develop their leadership skills
Our other major volunteer program, Orange Day, gives employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for their chosen local community project.
Our other major volunteer program, Orange Day, gives employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for their chosen local community project. Orange Day projects in 2014 included distributing food to homeless people in Malaysia, organizing a careers workshop for unemployed parents in Poland and doing maintenance work at an orphanage in India.
Our employees are a key part of our global partnership with Save the Children. Since the launch of the campaign in May 2013, GSK employees have also raised over £3.1 million to support the partnership.