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By the Side of our Communities – West Wins the Pharma Industry Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year
Nurturing a culture of philanthropy and community involvement is one of the defining characteristics of West. Team members around the world take their responsibility to give back very seriously, donating considerable time and resources to help create a healthier world. West without Borders, our team member-led giving programme, has raised millions of dollars since its inception in 2004 and the initiatives in Ireland were recently recognised at the Pharma Industry Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year.
West without Borders- Ireland Initiatives
West has two manufacturing sites in Ireland, based in Dublin and Waterford. Despite the backdrop of the global pandemic, the last two years were very successful for the West without Borders teams raising a combined total of over €105,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and BUMBLEance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service.
Temple Street Hospital and BUMBLEance are both charities that resonate with our team members as many have encountered the amazing work they do over the course of their children’s lives. BUMBLEance, the official Children’s National Ambulance Service of Ireland, provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients as they travel between their homes and hospitals, hospices, treatment centres, and respite centres nationwide.
West Active August
Each West site has a dedicated charity committee, including a cross section of team members from the various functions and they are responsible for the West without Borders strategy - organising all the fundraising related activities and being the key interface with the charities. A calendar of events for the year ahead is set out in the first quarter of each year and these events include things like sponsored runs, cake sales, raffles, and virtual marathons. In 2020, the Dublin team came up with a new idea to overcome the challenge of social distancing by introducing the “West Active August” campaign, where individual team members get active during August to raise much needed funds. The target was 10,000 km in 10 days and each year the target was smashed, despite the many personal challenges being faced because of the pandemic.
Tom Clarke, Site Director, Dublin said, “Empowering our team members to support local communities helps foster a sense of meaning and pride in their roles at the company and gives them a chance to develop people skills, adaptability, and empathy, as part of being good citizens in their community. I applaud the tremendous work done to date by our teams in Dublin and Waterford”.
Over the past nine years West Dublin has raised an amazing €376,000 for the renal unit at Temple St. Hospital and has funded dialysis machines, patient monitors, dialysis chairs, a multipurpose room in the recently opened Renal and Neurology Outpatient unit and more recently funded a Cubbie Booth for the Autism & Intellectual Disability Working Group. Commenting on the continued partnership, Denise Fitzgerald CEO of Children’s Health Foundation Temple Street said: “Over the past nine years we have developed a brilliant partnership with the employees at West’s Dublin facility. The tremendous work of the staff there to raise vital funds has helped us source cutting-edge equipment and diagnostics which saves children’s lives every day. We are so grateful for the enthusiasm, hard work and sheer drive of the West team. It helps us ensure that the children of Ireland get the world-class care they need and deserve, and we look forward to this partnership continuing into the future.”
More about BUMBLEance
Donations raised for BUMBLEance went towards sponsoring a vehicle that will service children within the South-East Region of Ireland, making trips to hospital for vital treatments more comfortable for our youngest patients, the vehicle was officially launched in July 2021. BUMBLEance had planned to set up a depot in Waterford that aimed to provide a dedicated service for children in the Southeast Region but unfortunately due to COVID-19 this was not feasible. However, as an alternative West’s site in Waterford partnered with BUMBLEance by providing a permanent dedicated parking space on site equipped with electricity to ensure BUMBLEance can help children in the Southeast Region. In addition, as part of West Waterford’s ‘West without Borders’ campaign, West and its team members have donated funds of over €50,000 to date to support BUMBLEance.
Corporate Social Responsibility at West
Corporate Social Responsibility is highly motivating for team members at West. Our CSR activities help improve team member morale and support the process of recruitment and retention due to the positive culture and environment that is generated as a result. Empowering our team members to lead CSR initiatives provides a sense of meaning and pride outside of their day-to-day roles within West. By working and volunteering together on fun initiatives our team members learn to work better together on important projects. The CSR opportunities give everyone a chance to develop new skills such as people skills, adaptability, and empathy, becoming more open minded and self-aware, as well as building partnerships, teamwork and questioning each other. These are all ingredients that contribute to the positive giving culture at West.
To learn more about Corporate Responsibility at West, please click here.
West’s Ready Pack™ system with adaptiQ<sup>®</sup> products, that are part of the SCHOTT iQ<sup>®</sup> platform, enables both small and large customers the convenience and flexibility to purchase small quantities of sterile, high-quality, ready-to-use (RTU) components. Ready Pack system components are packaged separately but tested for use as an integrated system. Designed to support customers throughout small-scale R&D, clinical trials, fill-finish evaluation, and commercial-scale manufacturing, the Ready Pack system is a comprehensive, scalable packaging solution that helps customers get to market faster by making the same high-quality packaging available from start to finish. Ready Pack systems keep up with emerging ISO standards and our Ready Pack offering includes the latest glass packaging formats such as adaptiQ<sup>®</sup> clip nest, cup nest, and tray solution.
West strives to be the world leader in the integrated containment and delivery of injectable medicines. The achievement of this goal relies on many factors, including a heightened awareness of industry and regulatory trends. By being able to anticipate these trends, West is better able to support its customers with the knowledge and services needed to ensure that drug products reach market on schedule.
The Tech Group’s Vice President and General Manager, Mike Treadaway, was recently honored with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Arizona Chapter’s 30<sup>th</sup> Annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards Dinner. The celebration honors those who advance philanthropy with awards including the Spirit Award, which recognizes outstanding philanthropic contributions to nonprofit organizations.
West's Applied Research Team will be presenting two scientific posters at the upcoming International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy 2021 New Orleans Annual Meeting taking place online May 26 – 28, 2021.
West is pleased to kick off the West without Borders fundraising initiative for 2013! In 2012, our global team raised more than $260,000 for local charities that aid children in need. This year, we have once again chosen to aid children by supporting charities located close to our facilities.