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 health, science and education, 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 British Science Week for a number of years.
Our Diagnostics business has been a proud supporter of initiatives such as the Brighton Science Festival, has worked with local schools´ in Burgess Hill and 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 supported 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.
In 2015, this has benefited the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Isabel Hospice, local Scout groups and Hyde Valley House Care Home in Welwyn Garden City. Diagnostics employees have also volunteered at Grace Eyre Foundation and Chestnut Tree House hospice.
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 Pharma business 2015 Charity of the Year is Sands, a charity that aims to reduce the number of babies that are stillborn or die during the first few weeks of life.
For the first time, colleagues at our Burgess Hill site will also be supporting a Charity of the Year. In 2015, they have chosen to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, a Sussex-based hospice for children with progressive, life-shortening conditions.
Employees on both sites organise a wide range of fundraising activities throughout the year. These include quiz nights, cake bakes, book sales and a variety of sponsored challenges.
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, with the matched amount going to a UK-based children’s charity. Previous beneficiaries have included Sands and the Magic of Play Appeal, based at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital.