Employees across Teva are making a difference by serving the communities in which we live and work every day. Social impact is a cornerstone of our business and we use our reach and expertise to create better days for patients, making essential treatments accessible and affordable, particularly for the most vulnerable populations. In 2017, our U.S. social impact activity was anchored by two signature initiatives, the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Partnership and the Community Partnership Program, both of which will continue into 2018. Additional programs include disease and therapeutically aligned initiatives, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) support, and product donations.
2017 was one of Teva’s most impactful years to date in terms of disaster support, patient support, STEM support, and volunteer initiatives.
North America had a difficult autumn season with multiple severe hurricanes and an earthquake all impacting Teva employees and sites, as well as many friends and family members. The response to recent events from the Teva community has been strong, with employees personally donating nearly $70,000 toward relief efforts, which were matched by Teva. Additionally, ongoing product donations through our NGO partner, Direct Relief, are helping the victims of recent natural disasters, including those in the Caribbean.
With few logistical options to reach the Eastern Caribbean, Direct Relief took a creative approach and chartered a plane to deliver Teva medicines. The plane was met by Dr. Aisha Andrewin and swiftly taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital on the island of Anguilla.
Teva focuses on many aspects of patient support through our social impact initiatives. We work closely with one of our national partners, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), to raise awareness, fundraise, and promote participation for the Light the Night walks all over the country including in our own communities. The LLS is focused on bringing hope instead of despair by providing accessible treatments for all patients, truly enabling better days for all those affected by blood cancers. Across Light the Night walks in Kansas and Pennsylvania, Team Teva fundraisers yielded an impressive total of over $48,500 to support the LLS in 2017.
Every year, students from the College of Physicians Philadelphia’s Teva Internship Program visit our office to attend an employee-panel highlighting the diversity of careers, as well as people, within the pharmaceutical industry. Teva colleagues from various departments such as R&D, Compliance, Medical Affairs, Creative Marketing Services, Regional Engineering, and Corporate Social Responsibility, many of whom are active in Teva’s Inclusion and Diversity Employee Resource Groups, spoke about the personal journey that led them to a successful career. This year-long STEM and social-justice oriented internship is offered to Philadelphia high school students who have been directly affected by violence. The interns spend their most critical summers before applying to colleges studying the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities, while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine. *Photo courtesy of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
We will continue to build meaningful partnerships with local communities and global organizations, using our size, scale, and expertise to make high quality and innovative treatments available to those who need them most.