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 organisations and develop professional skills in challenging environments. In return our partners benefit from strategic planning, operational improvements and enhanced communications. Our two flagship volunteering programmes are PULSE and Orange Days.
The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, eligible employees are matched to a non-profit organisation 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 over 550 employees globally to support more than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the world. Through PULSE, GSK volunteers with partners that address challenges relating to healthcare access and issues affecting children. The programme enables our employees to work full-time with partner organisations such as Save the Children and PATH, leveraging their professional expertise and knowledge for the good of the organisation and society.
Andrew Witty, GSK CEO says: “PULSE is a great personal opportunity for individuals to experience something different in life, something which gives them the opportunity to recharge their batteries intellectually and emotionally and to open their mind to what is going on and to view things a different way. Moreover, it is a great opportunity for NGOs to get skills.”
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 organisation and communities they serve. At the same time, employees benefit from this experience as they come back re-energised 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 organisation is doing something differently
- 98% of PULSE volunteers believe that their assignment helped them develop their leadership skills
You can find out more about the programme in the latest PULSE Impact Report.
Our other major volunteer programme, 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, organising 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 from more than 80 countries have raised over £1.2 million, which will be matched by funding from GSK.