How employees create positive change through volunteering
As the Vice President and Director of Scientific and Public Health for GSK’s Vaccines practice, Dr. Len Friedland has a very rewarding job, but his sense of purpose extends beyond his day job to support people in poor health as well as those with limited access to quality healthcare, as a volunteer. “Helping patients feel better and live longer aren’t just words to me—they’re part of who I am. The way I see it, having great science at the company is fantastic, but it means nothing unless we make sure this science benefits the right people,” said Len.
Taproot has long made the case that a strong corporate pro bono program is a triple win—nonprofits receive the support they need, companies build deeper relationships with their communities, and employees have the opportunity to apply their skills in new and meaningful ways. While there is a robust foundation of evidence supporting the claim that pro bono is a powerful social impact strategy, practitioners often struggle to articulate the business case for pro bono.
How companies can create shared value between CSR and HR
Taproot has long made the case that a strong corporate pro bono program is a triple win—nonprofits receive the support they need, companies build deeper relationships with their communities, and employees have the opportunity to apply their skills in new and meaningful ways. While a good deal of evidence supports pro bono as a powerful social impact strategy, practitioners often struggle to articulate the business case for pro bono.
“Our company has an important purpose, to help people do more, feel better, live longer. We have a long history in tackling some of the world’s biggest health challenges. I know this is important to employees, and it was certainly important for me when I joined the company. Our commitment to improving global health and being a responsible business will continue under my leadership.
GSK is proud to call Durham, NC and Philadelphia, PA regions our home. We are committed to making the communities where we live and work healthier, which is why we have supported local nonprofit organizations with more than $10 million dollars in GSK IMPACT Awards over the past 22 years.
This annual awards program recognizes local nonprofits that are breaking down health barriers in communities across the Philly and Triangle, NC region. Our call for applications for the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards is open now.
WASHINGTON, February 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Four leading global companies have joined forces to place one of their most precious resources—their people—to work on strengthening health systems in Kigali, Rwanda. The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), SAP, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and WE Communications will each send top professionals into the field to work pro bono as Global Health Corporate Champions.
GSK today announced the GSK IMPACT Award Winners for the Philadelphia region in a ceremony at GSK’s Navy Yard site. Ten local nonprofits were awarded $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier Philadelphia region. This highly competitive program, in its 21st year, highlights organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve health.
“Why not extend the benefit of volunteering to more people?" This question became the spark that inspired the Global Month of Volunteering at GSK, now underway in October. GSK has been working towards democratizing volunteering—by taking it from the 100 or so employees who can participate in PULSE (our three or six month full-time, immersive volunteer program) to our global employee population of 100,000 employees. To realize that ambition, GSK employees all over the world are coming together this October to volunteer and to inspire other colleagues to participate as well.
October 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ - On Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:30am – 1:30pm, East Durham youth and their families will kick off another healthy school year with the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI)’s Youth Leadership Council.