Investing in our people and communities helps us to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business.
Our employment practices are designed to help us create the right workplace culture in which all employees feel valued, respected, empowered and inspired.
In Indonesia, the following initiatives contribute to GSK's commitment to our people:
The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, motivated 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 nearly 500 employees from 51 countries to serve 94 non-profits and provided over £16 million worth of skilled services to our partners.. The PULSE programme enables our employees to work full-time with non-profit organisations, leveraging their professional expertise and knowledge for the good of the organisation and society.
For instance, Karolina Bielawska from GSK in Poland worked with Mundo Sano in Argentina to develop a communications strategy to support them in their efforts to combat neglected tropical diseases in parts of Latin America. Karolina developed communication materials and helped to train the local team on implementing the communications strategy to ensure that the work could be continued after her departure.
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 PULSE 2013 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.
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.