The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major effect on all of our lives. For many, the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures have increased feelings of loneliness, stress, worry and other strong emotions putting mental health in the spotlight. As a result, many business and community leaders are placing a greater emphasis on emotional health and well-being.
In the six-plus years I’ve been at Alexion, I’ve seen many changes. One constant, though, has been our commitment to solutions informed by not only patients’ physical conditions, but also their social and emotional needs.
As Alexion continues to Serve Our Communities, the company is proud to announce that it has recently expanded its local corporate giving efforts to include the donation of IT equipment to non-profit organizations whose missions align with Alexion’s philanthropic areas of focus. The Alexion in-kind IT equipment donation program launched this spring and continues to grow in scope as we begin to facilitate donations around the world.
While extremely challenging, this past year has proven to be one of the most rewarding times to work in community engagement at Alexion. In the face of the devastating COVID-19 crisis, we were able to uphold our commitment to local communities by pivoting to new ways of supporting them. Alexion expanded its annual volunteerism event from a single day to a full week and went 100% virtual, with great success. The desire of our employees to live our values was as strong as ever despite the circumstances of 2020.
From my childhood in Pakistan, to my immigration to the United States, to my time living and working in Italy and throughout my entire career, my life has always put me in highly global contexts. These cross-cultural experiences have emboldened my relentless passion for human rights and etched the values of authenticity and inclusion into my personal credo.
As the global fight against COVID-19 continues, the Alexion Charitable Foundation (ACF) has increased its commitment to emergency relief efforts. In early May, ACF committed an additional donation of $250,000 to the Americares COVID-19 Relief Fund in response to the surging number of cases around the world.
In my career, I’ve chosen to work for companies that truly make a difference in the world and ignite transformational change, particularly in the healthcare sector. That’s why I’m so proud to serve as the Executive Sponsor of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Alexion and celebrate the progress of our CSR program over the last several years.
I have the pleasure of overseeing both the CSR and Culture functions at Alexion. While this pairing of responsibilities may not be commonplace, it makes perfect sense for us. At the heart of our special culture are team members who are truly passionate about living our values and making a difference for all the communities we touch: patients, each other, our neighbors, as well as our business partners, investors and suppliers.
There is no doubt that 2020 was a year of change – it changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we serve our communities. Yet, with all of the change, I was reminded of an important truth – we are all human, and together we are resilient.
Alexion is honored to receive the 2020 Corporate Partner of the Year Award from volunteer agency Boston Cares as part of their annual Boston Cares Awards recognizing outstanding volunteers and partners.