The Novartis Giving & Volunteering (G&V) Team are the proud recipients of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP) Corporate Social Impact Team of the Year Award 2023, following nomination by the United Nations agency, Switzerland for UNHCR. The award recognizes a team of Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) and/ or CSR practitioners whose collaborative and innovative approach to a project or program generated significant business results for the company and/ or social impact in the community.
The award is part of the ACCP’s annual Purpose Awards for exceptional leaders in corporate social impact. Since 2016, the ACCP, a global community of more than 240 companies and 2000 CSR / ESG professionals across more than 20 industry sectors, has celebrated corporate social impact professionals that serve as beacons of excellence in their field. ACCP’s Purpose Awards is the only awards program that recognizes individuals or a team helping to catalyze change within their companies.
Novartis was specifically honored for reimagining and scaling our response to the global refugee crisis: going beyond monetary and medicine donations to offer an innovative approach that is holistic and sustainable – including a new commitment this year to hire at least 150 and train at least 150 refugees over the next three years.
The Novartis approach to help tackle this humanitarian crisis targets four refugee groups, via five interventions, with six of our non-profit partners. Our people, amongst other actions, mentor LGBTQI refugees with sessions on career planning, resumés, interview skills and networking; upskill and reskill refugee entrepreneurs with social media and digital marketing expertise; and assist refugee women with integration via our mentorship program across 11 countries. In the past year more than USD 3 million was also raised via our first global giving and matching campaign and our employees offered a huge amount of emergency support and longer-term assistance to help refugees adjust to their new lives.