Recognizing that Corporate Responsibility rests with each and every one of us, in 2015 we launched the Corporate Volunteering database. This online internal platform allows Novartis associates to actively and personally involve themselves in CR initiatives by becoming Corporate Volunteers or launching their own CR project.
Co-sponsored by the Corporate Responsibility and Human Resources teams, the database celebrates employee engagement and enables them to exemplify the Novartis Values & Behaviors. This brings a new dimension to the work of those who participate as they have an opportunity to address a significant need as individuals and as part of a larger team.
Through the corporate volunteering platform, Novartis associates can register a potential corporate responsibility project idea or sign up to become a corporate volunteer. In 2016, the program expanded significantly, launching in several markets including low- and middle-income countries. The scope of projects in the platform is broad and includes partnerships with global charitable organizations, remote and on-the-ground capability building, one-time and recurring pro bono services, and local efforts to support smaller-scale foundations and institutions.