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. We also have a strong culture of community volunteering to create change.
In Singapore, the following initiatives contribute to GSK's commitment to our people:
Save the Children
Our Singapore teams are active contributors to GSK's corporate partnership with Save The Children. In 2014, we raised S$58,000 which was matched by GSK.
Singapore Local Charity Fund-raising
As part of our celebration of 40 years of manufacturing in Singapore, GSK employees in Singapore raised S$120,000 to support three local charitable organisations -- the Children's Charities Association, the Singapore Cancer Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore.
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, 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, four Singapore-based employees have taken part in the PULSE programme, working full-time with non-profit organisations, leveraging their professional expertise and knowledge for the good of the organisation and society:
- PULSE assignment with Save the Children as a Corporate Engagement and Fundraising Fellow in the Philippines
- PULSE assignment with Save the Children as a Compliance Fellow in the US
- PULSE assignment with Direct Relief in the US
- PULSE assignment with MMV (Medicine for Malaria Venture) in South Africa
Our other major volunteer programme, Orange Day, gives every employee one paid day off each year to volunteer for their chosen local community project, organization or cause which they support.
Orange Day enables thousands of GSK employees to make a significant difference through engaging with their local community. While we benefit from the team building experience, the chosen community project gets extra help at no extra cost.
Here's a selection of recent projects supported by our various Singapore-based teams:
Asian Women Welfare Association
We joined forces with the AWWA (Asian Women’s Welfare Association) Seniors Activity Centre to provide a day of recreational and social activities to senior citizens. Hosting our guests in a beautiful orchid farm, we had lunch, played bingo and just spent some time enjoying each other's company – a simple but effective way for those without family or close relatives to feel less isolated.
Alzheimer’s Disease Association
ADA (Alzheimer’s Disease Association) were the beneficiaries of a special day out organized by one of our Singapore-based teams. ADA is a voluntary welfare organization providing day-care for persons with dementia and also offering support for their caregivers.
Habitat for Humanity
Our staff have contributed to Batam Build, a Habitat for Humanity initiative to provide basic housing for those in need on the Indonesian island of Batam, 20km South of Singapore. Guided by Habitat for Humanity staff, we laid foundations and built walls – we even dug a make-shift drainage ditch during a sudden flood of torrential rain that threatened to flood the house we were building.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organisation that works globally to help eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. GSK Asia Pacific sponsored the partnership with Habitat for Humanity, with contributions going towards providing the materials for the houses and also the in-country costs of the volunteers.
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) was founded in May 1962 by a group of philanthropists who saw the need to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and later, to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore.
Our Singapore team raised funds raised during the March 2015 Orange Walk to mark GSK's major new commitment to Asia: a new global headquarters for Asia to help build talent and better support patients and consumers across the region.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore
Another special day out, this time with a group of people with Muscular Dystrophy and their caregivers. GSK reached out to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS), a self-help organisation committed to supporting and uplifting the lives of its members and beneficiaries.
Nature Society (Singapore)
NSS (Nature Society Singapore) is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. Our Singapore teams have lent their services to the NSS Horseshoe Crab Rescue & Research Programme, an environment and marine conservation effort to prevent the extinction of these unique marine sea creatures by saving the remaining populations and its habitat.
Singapore Cancer Society
During one of our site's annual Family Days, we invited beneficiaries of SCS (Singapore Cancer Society) and their families to join in the fun. Our employees gamely volunteered as guides to the SCS families and monies raised during Family Day activities were donated to SCS as a small gesture of sharing and support. The SCS is a community-based voluntary welfare organisation dedicated to providing the needy cancer patients with treatment subsidies, financial aid and rehabilitative support. It aims to minimise the impact of cancer through public education, patient services, research and advocacy.
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.
Our Singapore team donated 700 pairs of shoes commissioned for, and worn during, the March 2015 Orange Walk to mark GSK's major new commitment to Asia: a new global headquarters for Asia to help build talent and better support patients and consumers across the region.
We have prepared thousands of meals at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen. Our volunteer teams enthusiastically make an early start - chopping, washing, peeling, cooking, packing and delivering meals to Willing Heart beneficiaries. The non-profit organization is Singapore’s only soup kitchen and currently serves about 4,000 daily meals to those in need, including marginalized members of Singapore society.