Philanthropy

Our One West Team shares a defining characteristic — the commitment and desire to put people first — which anchors our purpose of improving patient lives around the globe. Philanthropy runs  deep through West’s culture, with our team members organizing and executing ways to make generous donations of  both time and resources to contribute  to a healthier world.

Since our beginnings almost 100 years ago, West has fostered a culture of giving to support our team members and the communities in which they live and work. West targets philanthropic activities and local charities through a charitable giving framework that  is separated into three tiers:

  • Corporate Giving through direct charitable gifts made by West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. This giving is centered on hospitals and healthcare, education —with a current focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), people with disabilities and with an increasing and renewed focus on ensuring access to healthcare and ESG-related issues.
  • The Herman O. West Foundation, an independently managed 501(c)(3) entity, which awards scholarships, employee matching gifts and West’s Employee Emergency Fund.
  • And West without Borders*, our team member-led giving program that has raised millions of dollars since its inception in 2004. This includes our global annual team member giving campaigns, the Annual Food Drive, global volunteerism, and team member donations into the West Employee Emergency Fund.

In this uniquely challenging time, our One West Team had unwavering commitment to serving our communities and continued to make direct and immediate impacts to help families in need.
We saw significant increases in team member donations in 2021. Total team member giving increased by 72% from 2020, and personal donations (non-campaign) increased by 175%. Another example where our team members came together to help others was our Annual Food Drive, as charities and food banks around the  world continued to experience increased demand for  life sustaining supplies. Team member donations to our Annual Food Drive increased by 56% over the prior year.

Throughout the pandemic, West has been by the side of our communities to combat the consequences of the virus. In 2021, Corporate and Foundation giving reached over $3 million, including $200k to the World Health Organization’s Just Breathe India COVID-19 relief, and $50k to Philabundance to combat food insecurity resulting from virtual schooling. 
In 2021, the Herman O. West Foundation awarded 20 scholarships to the children/dependents of team members in the United States, as well as 109 grants to team members in need through our Employee Emergency Fund. 

Our One West Team has continued to serve as leaders within  our communities. We have provided greater access to healthcare with our contributions to Bumbleance in Dublin, Ireland,  and to the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s mobile screening vehicle.

We strive to be inclusive and have initiated larger partnerships with diverse and inclusive organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Red Cross, and the National Cancer Comprehensive Network. We also value alternate views and perspectives, through the support of organizations focused on inclusion like the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia and their support of the LGBTQ community, and addressing racial discord and people in crisis, such as the Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Child Crisis Arizona. 

We are grateful for our One West Team and the humbling generosity and dedication shown to ensure that our philanthropic programs continue to thrive, and we look forward to continuing to support and nurture our philanthropic  spirit as we head into our centennial celebration year in 2023.

 

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