Supporting our communities
Making a difference to good causes
Roche’s involvement in local communities makes an important contribution to our success. We align our support to charitable organisations linked to science, education and health, and we favour establishing long-term partnerships where we have an opportunity to make a real difference.
Supporting science and education
Making science interesting to young people is critical for developing the next generation of scientists and the future of healthcare will be dependent upon this.
That’s why our pharmaceutical business in Welwyn Garden City is forging strong links with local schools, including a science academy. They also actively support Setpoint Hertfordshire, an organisation that encourages scientific study in schools, and have been a sponsor of their Big Bang (Eastern) and National Science and Engineering Week for a number of years.
Within Diagnostics we have been a proud supporter of initiatives such as the Brighton Science Festival and have worked with local schools´ in Burgess Hill and have successfully built strong partnerships with community groups and charities in Sussex, particularly in the areas of scientific education and youth activities.
Supporting the local community
We firmly believe in the concept that a “little can go a long way”.
That’s why we regularly provide small financial donations to initiatives which help to improve local communities. This has included funding towards community festivals, to improve the local environment and to various groups who support deprived people. For example, our Diagnostics business currently supports the Sussex Snowdrop Trust which provides `Care at home` for local children who have a life-threatening or terminal illness.
We encourage all of our employees to develop their skills and give back to the community by volunteering for a charity or community group and support this by offering all employees up to two days paid leave for this work.
Local schools, hospitals and charities supporting families in crisis, the homeless and the old and infirm have all benefitted from this arrangement.
Charity of the Year
Each year, employees at our Welwyn site nominate and support a Charity of the Year. Over the last 10 years, we have raised more than £250,000 for good causes through this initiative.
Our 2014 Charity of the Year is Medical Detection Dogs, a charity dedicated to training dogs in the detection and recognition of human disease by smell.
Our employees have organised a wide range of fundraising activities throughout the year to raise money for them, including raffles, running and cycle challenges, quiz and bingo nights, cake bakes and dog walks.
Supporting good causes globally and locally
Our employees in the UK regularly contribute to Roche’s global humanitarian efforts by taking part in the Roche Employee Children’s Walk, an event which helps to fund projects that support children in Malawi who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS.
As part of Roche’s commitment to this initiative we match any donation that is given. For example in 2014 we were able to contribute to the Stevenage-based Lister Hospital’s “Magic of Play Appeal”, which seeks to build a new playroom for use by ill young patients.