Engagement and volunteering

In 2021, we continued to strengthen our engagement and volunteering program, building on 25 years of Novartis employees giving back to the communities in which we operate. We have shifted our focus from a single day of community activity each year to long-term partnerships that are aligned with our strategy and where our support can have a sustainable impact.

Since 2015, the program’s virtual platform has been used by a total of 23 346 employees in more than 60 countries, with activities ranging from on-the-ground projects to virtual volunteering from home. Employees are empowered to share their skills and experience in a way that best suits their interests and availability – with no specific time limits on activities.

Volunteering programs during 2021 included the US President’s Malaria Initiative, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, Last Mile Health, The Max Foundation, and the Tropical Health and Education Trust.

We began a partnership with the International Rescue Committee in which Novartis volunteers supported 22 refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers to sustain small businesses in the US. We also engaged with the Tent Partnership for Refugees and committed to provide 50 mentoring opportunities for LGBTQI refugees in the US, Germany and the UK over the next three years.

In addition, we are preparing to launch in early 2022 a new digital tool that matches the needs of our partners with the skills and interests of our employees. Going forward, this will enable us to better measure the impact of our volunteering activities.