A key aspect of our responsibility approach is our interaction with our communities, helping them to thrive and be healthy and sustainable in the long term. Supporting the local communities in which we work (where our offices and manufacturing plants are located) is one way Shire demonstrates our corporate citizenship. Ultimately, the objective of our community activities is to strategically use our resources to provide support which results in significant impact. We have a particular focus on improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged children and supporting children in under-resourced communities in the areas of Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM).
We are driven by the desire to contribute positively to the well-being of the community. We engage our employees in our community strategy, understanding that community initiatives positively motivate our employees, as well as attract new employees to Shire.
We also recognize the value of relationship-building with relevant local community and industry business groups such as chambers of commerce, local councils and business interest groups with a particular emphasis on those with a focus on biopharmaceuticals.
Management of Community Programs
The Company’s Community strategy and plan of activities are led and implemented by Shire’s Corporate Communications department in conjunction with HR Business Partners, Country or Site Managers and local groups of employees where relevant.
Components of the Shire Community Program
Shire’s corporate giving program is varied and includes the following components:
- Corporate donations – to local non-profit organizations (to include both cash and in-kind giving)
- Volunteer opportunities - for all full-time employees, Shire provides one fully-paid day off per year to spend working for a not-for-profit organization.
- Corporate fund-raising campaigns – in addition to supporting the local communities where Shire has a presence, the company also works with our NGO partners engaging in disaster and emergency relief efforts, both by contributing financially as well as by matching employee-donated funds when available