Health and well-being in communities

To improve access and support people in vulnerable communities, we make targeted product and financial donations to programmes run by local and global partners that are designed to be sustainable in the long term. We also encourage our employees to volunteer their time and expertise. In 2014, we invested £201.5 million in communities around the world.

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In the UK we work with leading charities Help for Heroes, Crisis, Scope and WellChild.

In the USA we target child health and community well-being as a supporter of the Children’s Health Fund, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Fund for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Mercy Foundation, Senior PharmAssist and the North Carolina Prevention Partners.

In Europe we work with our employees and non-government organisations (NGOs) to increase healthcare and health infrastructure. Examples of our European community partnerships include work to improve the health status of Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe, supporting a home nursing programme for children with cancer in Greece, and funding the Barretstown Camp in Ireland which provides therapeutic recreation for sick young people.

Across the world we invest in programmes that increase access to health and well-being and improve outcomes for whole communities. In the Least Developed Countries we reinvest 20% of any profit we make to build healthcare infrastructure. We maximise the benefits of our community investment by working in partnership with NGOs and by selecting projects that enable us to use our expertise and resources. As well as benefiting communities, our investment strengthens our business by improving our reputation, boosting employee morale and helping us build relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Our philosophy is to target support on selected health and educational programmes that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results. The programmes we support share our vision of enhancing healthcare, and where possible they offer opportunities to involve GSK employees in assisting communities where we do business.

Humanitarian support

Our medicines can play a vital role in humanitarian relief efforts in disaster zones. We work in partnership with non-profit organisations and relief charities during times of emergency to donate our products where they are needed, according to World Health Organization guidelines. Our approach is non-partisan and we ensure neutrality in supporting health needs.

The amount of products donated depends on demand. In 2014 we supported humanitarian relief efforts in 78 countries across the globe.