Supporting charities and communities in the UK
An important contribution to Roche’s success around the world is its involvement with the communities in which it operates. We focus our resources on a small number of selected projects where our contribution can make a real difference and with which we are able to act as a long-term partner. We also align our support to charitable organisations linked to education, health and science.
In recognition of this commitment, Roche’s pharmaceutical business in Welwyn Garden City is forging strong links with a local school which has achieved science academy status. Employees are encouraged to share their expertise and skills to the benefit of the students.
Each year, Welwyn employees nominate and support a Charity of the Year for which, through a programme of fundraising activities, they actively raise funds for the cause. Winston's Wish is Roche’s Charity of the Year for 2013.
With an emphasis on unlocking the potential in people through innovative projects, a diverse range of charities and organisations are supported by Roche at Welwyn. These include Setpoint Hertfordshire, an organisation that encourages scientific study in schools; the Mixed Group, an initiative that provides a wonderful Christmas Day for the lonely and elderly in the local area who otherwise would have been alone, and the London School of Pharmacy.
As a long term business resident of Sussex, Roche’s diagnostics business continues to grow its involvement with charities and its commitment to the county. Our aim is to build strong community partnerships and, at a local level, support important health causes, scientific education and youth activity.
Roche appreciates that sport not only improves health and increases self-confidence, but also acts as a focus for young people, thereby improving community links.
Furthermore, making science interesting to young people is critical for developing the next generation of scientists upon whom advances in healthcare will depend. Roche is therefore proud to support educational initiatives such as the Brighton Science Festival and local schools’ programmes.
Every year, our employees across the UK 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 with a matched-donation given to a local charity that supports vulnerable children here in the UK. In 2012 Roche employees voted that the Neo-Natal Unit of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital should benefit from the matched donation.
For a list of the charities that Roche’s businesses in the UK support, please click here.