Traditions are an important part of the holiday season. Here at Sanofi US, we have a holiday tradition of reaching out to help the less fortunate, and it’s called Sanofi Season of Solidarity. Here, Jacqueline Campbell, Analyst, Corporate Social Responsibility, shares the meaning of this special endeavor.
Sanofi Season of Solidarity, now in its fifth year, encourages employees to make a difference by volunteering in the communities where they live and work. Last year, more than 25,000 employees from across the world participated. Here in the US, my colleagues from Sanofi, Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi Genzyme, and Merial are donating their time and talents to this year’s effort, which also drives employee engagement. More than half of our volunteers are employees who work in field sales and volunteer in their area communities.
We encourage every employee – with their manager’s approval and needs of the business – to volunteer either as part of a team or individually at a company-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There are both onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities that range anywhere from cleaning a local park to assembling disaster relief kits. Our goal is for each opportunity to align with our three Corporate Social Responsibility pillars – Access to Healthcare, Community and the Environment.
Sanofi US employees have already packaged more than 25,000 nutrient-rich meals in partnership with Stop Hunger Now organization, one of our signature partners. These meals are distributed internationally to children who experience hunger daily.
A favorite among employees is the Thoughtful Treasures program for The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Upon check-in, pediatric patients, along with their siblings, receive a key to their own mailbox where they find a special treasure awaiting them every day. Our employees design and hand make blackboards, nightlights and journals for this caring program.
This fall, seven field sales professionals in various regions collected and donated hundreds of books that were sent to another of our signature partners, The Children’s Health Fund, with a location in Louisiana where floods destroyed school libraries earlier this year.
For Heart to Heart International, a non-government organization (NGO) and another one of our partners, 40 of our employees in Bridgewater packaged 1,000 disaster relief kits for Haitians impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
We consistently receive great feedback on Season of Solidarity – both on our policy that gives every employee two days with pay for volunteering and on the volunteer experiences themselves. One of our field teams that helped out at the FISH Food Bank in Pearce County, Washington, told us that the event was “very rewarding, a great team-building event, and an excellent way to give back.”
Sanofi Season of Solidarity is a great way to celebrate this very special time of the year, and a tradition I expect to see us build for many years to come.