Employees helping communities
Employee volunteering is important to us. We encourage our people to contribute to their local communities – and give them plenty of support to do so.
We’re pleased to be able to support communities and charities. But employee volunteering isn’t purely giving to others. It helps our people to gain new experiences and skills plus, in many cases, a deeper understanding of patient needs.
We launched Orange Day to give all our employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for a good cause. Employees across the world have supported a wide range of charities and projects including work in local schools, shelters for the homeless, community gardens, nursing homes and communities affected by natural disasters.
The PULSE Volunteer Partnership
PULSE is a volunteering initiative through which our employees work with non-profit organisations (NGOs) for three or six months, full time. Employees lend the same expertise that they have been applying in their GSK roles while on their placement.
By helping non-profits with their most pressing problems – typically providing help that they couldn’t otherwise afford – employees are able to make a sustainable difference to the organisations and the communities they serve. At the same time the employees strengthen their leadership skills and broaden their experience. After working on the frontlines of healthcare and meeting with patients, employees feel re-energised and often return to us with a renewed connection to help people do more, feel better, live longer.
“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.” – Andrew Witty, GSK CEO