Employee involvement and volunteerism

We're committed to the communities in which we work. Our charitable and community programs support innovative projects that are focused on making a difference, especially with underserved populations.

United Way

Image of United Way logoOur employees and retirees pledged close to $1.1 million to the United Way this year—and we matched this, dollar-for-dollar. Our employees also regularly volunteer their time and talent to health and human service nonprofits that receive United Way funding in communities where they live and work.

Philadelphia and North Carolina food banks

Logo of Food Bank of North CarolinaLogo of PhilabundanceIn Philadelphia and North Carolina, our employees work with community organizations to collect items for local food banks. In 2010, GSK collected more than a ton of food, which was distributed to community neighbors in need.

Matching Gifts

Gifts made by eligible employees to qualifying organizations are matched by the company to a minimum of $25 and maximum of $10,000 annually. GSK matches more than $3 million each year.

GIVE (Dollars for Doers)

GlaxoSmithKline’s Investment in Volunteer Excellence program (GIVE) is designed to enhance the support employees and their spouses/domestic partners give to their favorite nonprofit organizations. The program donates up to $600,000 each year, with the company awarding $500 to any qualifying organization or school where a regular employee or their spouse/domestic partner volunteers for at least 50 hours a year.


Image of PULSE logoThe PULSE Volunteer Partnership Program empowers GSK's high-performing employees to volunteer using their professional expertise.

Lasting for a period of three to six months, a PULSE volunteer works full-time with one of our partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to make a significant impact in impoverished communities around the world.

With their skills and knowledge, PULSE volunteers work to build positive, sustainable change within the NGO's programming and service delivery in developed and developing countries.

PULSE is an integral part of GSK's commitment to our work with communities around the world; it will help to build solutions and improvements across sectors in health, education and the environment.

Orange Day

Image of Orange Day logoOrange Day enables thousands of employees to make a significant difference through engaging with their local community.

The initiative allows employees to take one day fully paid to volunteer for a chosen community project, organization or cause which they support.

Building on the strong number of active volunteers currently within our organization, Orange Day has developed volunteering within the company to substantial levels. Not only does the employee benefit from the team building experience but the organization receives help with projects at no cost. U.S. events which recently have been supported include preparing thousands of backpacks for low wealth students in North Carolina, preparing meals at Ronald McDonald houses in Philadelphia, feeding the homeless and working on Habitat for Humanity houses.

GSK hopes this is a way to encourage employees’ interest in long-term volunteering.

MyGoodDeed: September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Image of MyGoodDeed logoGSK's year-round commitment to volunteerism was emphasized in our support of the first federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. GlaxoSmithKline partnered with My Good Deed, the Children’s Health Fund and New York Cares to share employees’ time and talents on volunteer projects in recognition of this historic day.

GSK employees from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina volunteered for a variety of projects in New York City to include the following:

  • An education event on the H1N1 virus to nearly 1,000 students in the Harlem Children’s Zone at the Promise Academy. Employees instructed students at education stations to teach about viruses, the flu, hand washing and flu prevention.
  • Projects at the A. Phillip Randolph School in Harlem. Volunteers performed revitalization work and miscellaneous tasks.

Hundreds of employees in Pittsburgh participated in a day of service locally, as did other GSK employees across the country.

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