Painting murals to brighten up an aging inner-city city public school. Running marathons to advocate for rare disease patients. Cleaning up local parks and waterfronts. Fundraising for Haiti earthquake relief. The contributions of Genzyme employees are as varied as their interests and reflect their passion for making a difference in the world – the same passion they bring to their work each day.
As a company, Genzyme is dedicated to empowering our employees to contribute, whether by volunteering their time, fundraising for a cause, or making a charitable donation. Over the years we've established numerous company-sponsored initiatives to encourage employee involvement, including reading programs with local schools, co-development of museum exhibits, fundraising drives for humanitarian relief, and others.
Running for Rare Diseases
Since 2008, an inspiring team of Genzyme employees have run the Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) – more than $185,000 in total, including a $45,000 grant from Genzyme.
Learn more at the marathon team's website
In 2013, Genzyme staff worldwide volunteered over 7,500 hours of their time to non-profit organizations and events under one of our most successful employee programs: Genzyme Invests in Volunteer Efforts – aptly abbreviated G.I.V.E. The company rewarded these efforts by distributing corporate grants totaling $144,500 to the causes our employees chose.
To promote partnership and collaboration, G.I.V.E. requires that employees work in teams of at least four people, volunteering their time and/or raising money for a charity or non-profit of their choosing. Grants for each team can range from $1,000 to $15,000 and are calculated based on time contributed and/or money raised.
In the spirit of a grassroots initiative, Genzyme's employee volunteer program started small. Founded in 2000 as "Dollars for Doers," it operated initially only in Massachusetts, with 12 events and grants totaling just over $6,000. Expanding U.S.-wide the following year, the program grew thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of our employees. Participation in several more countries soon meant much more than "Dollars" were being raised – and thus the more inclusive G.I.V.E. name was born in 2005.
We're proud to report that the global G.I.V.E. program has become an integral part of our company culture as we support employees around the world who get involved with the issues that mean the most to them. Many employees maintain an ongoing relationship with an organization, participating in numerous activities to earn multiple G.I.V.E. grants for their causes. Often the recipients reflect our employees' professional interests in health and medicine, but the scope of G.I.V.E. is broad – we support a wide variety of causes that our workforce cares deeply about, such as education, homelessness, and the environment. Humanitarian work is a recurring theme, with employees raising thousands of dollars for disaster relief efforts worldwide.
Here are just a few stories to illustrate the impact of our employees' actions:
Charles River Conservancy – Since 2010, Allston employees have participated in a Charles River clean-up every year. Volunteers have contributed almost 700 hours and have earned $18,000 in G.I.V.E. grants for the Charles River Conservancy.
Habitat for Humanity – In 2013, a team of 13 employees worked on remodeling a home in Lawrence, Mass., which will accommodate up to ten families. The day-long team build earned a $2,000 G.I.V.E. grant for the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Dominiek Savio Institute – In 2013, employees in Belgium contributed 240 hours gardening, cleaning, and painting at the Dominiek Savio Instituut, an organization the provides services for people with disabilities. The team’s volunteer efforts were recognized with a $4,000 GIVE grant.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Since 2000, employees across the country have participated in bike rides, walks, and other fundraisers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and its local chapters, raising over $92,000 – and an additional $48,000 in G.I.V.E. grants.
American Cancer Society – Massachusetts employees have teamed up for the American Cancer Society’s annual Bicycles Battling Cancer race for the past four years, raising over $96,000 and qualifying for another $44,000 in G.I.V.E. grants.
Hellenic Federation of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis – In 2013, our employees in Greece provided year-long volunteer efforts, including IT support, administrative work, and event staffing, for the Hellenic Federation for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. These efforts earned the organization a $4,000 G.I.V.E. grant.
Community Servings – Since 2007, Genzyme volunteers from our various Massachusetts sites have volunteered more than 500 hours preparing meals – and raised $14,000 in G.I.V.E. grants – for Community Servings, a local charity that delivers food to homebound people with serious illnesses.
Asian Tsunami Relief – The Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004 inspired one of the largest charitable contributions by our workforce: more than $90,000 to a range of charities, matched 100% by G.I.V.E. for $180,000 in total.