2014 IMPACT Award winners - North Carolina

2014 IMPACT Award winners - North Carolina

For nearly 20 years, we've honored outstanding nonprofit organizations for their work on building healthy communities in and around our campuses in Durham, NC and Philadelphia, PA through the GSK IMPACT Awards. This past Wednesday, November 18, we hosted the 2014 IMPACT Award ceremony for the NC winners. Nine local nonprofits each earned $40,000 in recognition of their exceptional achievements.

Read More

Transparency and transformation

Transparency and transformation

We believe in the private sector – and the healthcare industry’s – power to do immense good.  It is inherent in our role discovering, developing, and ensuring access to medicines and vaccines for patients around the world. Often, this good comes from working with others – innovative collaborations in the race to respond to the Ebola outbreak, to develop the world’s first malaria vaccine, and the quest to save one million children’s lives through our global partnership with Save the Children

Read More

The difference between the academy and the company

The difference between the academy and the company

In the November issue of Life Science Leader, Patrick Vallance, leader of GSK Pharmaceuticals R&D, describes his transition from academia to industry and how that shaped his vision for R&D. “If you’d asked me the day before I decided to move to GSK, I would have said I absolutely had no intention of moving to industry,” he recalls.

Read More

Learning from others on the #probono Twitter chat

Learning from others on the #probono Twitter chat

At GSK, employee volunteering is embedded in our culture. We've established company-wide programs ranging from a single day of service for all employees to long-term PULSE assignments (up to 6 months) that match the professional skills of our employees with nonprofit needs. In order to learn more about what other companies are doing in this space, and, in return, share some of our lessons learned, GSK participated in a Pro Bono Twitter chat last Friday. 

Read More

Doing things a little differently for collective impact

Doing things a little differently for collective impact

Like many companies, we’ve wrestled with how to go beyond “the check” when it comes to our philanthropy. We want to bring our best to our partnerships and that means figuring out how we might also bring our passion for scientific discovery, our spirit of innovation, and our commitment to transparency to the table.

Read More

Building a playground – and a healthier community – in one day

Building a playground – and a healthier community – in one day

A slide and swings to assemble,
a sandbox and benches to construct,
a fence and murals to paint,  
2,000 lbs of cement to mix,
...and the largest pile of mulch I have ever seen!

This was the view of the North Light Community Center in Philadelphia when I arrived to build a playground with 100 of my colleagues from top-performing sales teams across the US. 

Read More

Answering the call to combat Ebola

Answering the call to combat Ebola

With no known cure yet and continuing to spread, Ebola has now been diagnosed in the first patient in the US. Making the situation more dire: the most severely affected countries in west Africa are not equipped to handle the enormity of this health crisis, fueling the spread of the outbreak. These countries include Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Read More