Local community initiatives are centred on engaging employees in local giving, both financially and through volunteered time. A number of activities are undertaken across our sites to support local organisations.
Over the reporting period, more than 170 employees participating in CSL’s givingforgood™ program utilised the not-forprofit Good Company’s payroll-giving platform to donate funds to local charities. Over this period, inclusive of company matching, A$174,474.90 was donated to more than 180 Australian charities. CSL’s givingforgood program has contributed more than A$1.2 million to local charities since its launch in 2009.
At CSL Behring’s head office in King of Prussia, the Denim Friday’s program, which has been in operation since 2011, has raised more than US$50,000 for local charities. The quarterly program enables employees to make a monetary donation to a designated, community-based charity in order to wear blue jeans to work on Fridays.
The headquarters has also launched a new program called Patient Engagement Day. The concept was designed to allow employees more direct access to our patients and to enable them to hear first-hand the impact their work has on patients’ lives. In one of two events in 2015/16, employees received a visit from Alpha-1 patient Dee Meisner, who told her story of diagnosis and hope, thanks to CSL’s therapy. An avid hiker, Dee then invited employees to join her to hike Mount Rainer in Washington state as a show of solidarity for Alpha-1 patients. More than 140 staff registered to participate, and 15 lucky employees were selected to join Dee on this once-in-a-lifetime hike. These efforts run in addition to CSL’s continued and growing support of United Way, which in 2015/16 saw employees and CSL Behring’s company match total over $270,000.
CSL Plasma employees and donors in the US collected US$118,150 for the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) in Spring 2016. This amount represents a milestone in CSL Plasma giving to the IDF, exceeding 2015’s contribution. Contributions assist IDF with patient and family support services, education and research for individuals with primary immunodeficiencies and their families. CSL Plasma has been a long-time partner, participating in the IDF Plasma Partners Program for 10 years, and has donated over US$499,000 to support the IDF vision and mission.
In Kankakee, employees and students participating in summer vacation work collaborated for the third year to aid local children of low-income families achieve academic success, by raising donations of school backpacks filled with toiletries and school supplies. In addition, the Kankakee United Way employee-giving campaign again garnered the Pinnacle Award, bestowed on the largest local giving campaign. Employees demonstrated their generosity by increasing overall donations from the previous years, with employee and company matching totalling US$140,000.
In Bern, in late August 2015, CSL Behring supported the project Athletic Goes School in the nearby Wankdorf, where more than 200 students from Bernese primary schools participated in athletic challenges. The competition was mentored by Swiss sprint star Mujinga Kambundji. The initiative seeks to foster children’s interest in physical activity, thereby contributing to their health. Also in Bern, CSL Behring is co-sponsor, together with Energy Water Bern, of the 2016 Bernese Award for Environment and Research. The two awards in this category encourage excellence in research and stimulate innovation around environmental sustainability. The awards, with a combined cash prize of CHF 15,000, are issued by the University of Bern.
In Marburg, CSL Behring and employees together donated more than €8,000 to the Pediatric Home Care for Children Association – a charity nominated by employees. The donation is courtesy of Marburg’s “your cents behind the comma” campaign, where the smaller denominations of an employee’s pay can be donated. In addition, in lieu of annual Christmas cards, Marburg donated the equivalent funds to a local charity, enabling more than 200 disadvantaged children to enjoy a rare afternoon at the movies.
In Hong Kong, CSL Behring sponsors the Red Cross Pass-it-On campaign. The 2015 program, supported by the theme "Plus You", involved support of thousands of members of the public to help raise funds for humanitarian programs and campaigns of the Hong Kong Red Cross.
Employees in Japan continue their support for the local Osaka Great Santa run. Proceeds raised support rare disease awareness and gifts for hospitalised children.
SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES 2015/16
BREAKDOWN OF TOTAL LOCAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS