In Boudry, Switzerland, Celgene leads a collaborative project to help people with long-term unemployment, who no longer receive unemployment payments, to return to work. The initiative helps biopharmaceutical companies find specialized blue-collar workers by training selected unemployed people to become biopharmaceutical operators. Working closely with leaders and colleagues from Celgene manufacturing, Celgene collaborated with other companies to interview and select the candidates, provide two months of practical education, and offer jobs to candidates who successfully graduated from the program.
In 2018, 13 unemployed people were selected for the program based on their motivation and attitude. Celgene hired five of the program graduates in the past two years and is looking for future opportunities in Boudry and the new manufacturing site in Couvet.
As part of Celgene’s commitment to get involved and help in local community activities, employees in Brussels stood shoulder-to-shoulder for our first BeLux Community Day. A record-breaking 49 colleagues from the Celgene BeLux affiliate joined for a full day of meaningful corporate volunteering. Based on employees’ expressed desire to help children, refugees and the planet, four different activities were scheduled to allow everyone to participate.
Relay for Life is a charity event that honors cancer survivors, encourages people with cancers and their caregivers, and raises awareness of diseases and cancer prevention initiatives. Team members take turns walking around a track for 24 hours, symbolizing the ongoing fight against cancer. Celgene KK (Japan) employees formed a team with co-workers and family members as Team Celgene and participated in the event for the first time in 2017. The team aims to enhance awareness of all types of cancers in the community.
U.K. and Ireland
Cycling from London to Paris, employees from our U.K. & Ireland affiliate helped raise £270,000 ($356,643) for Myeloma UK, Great Britain’s only charity focused exclusively on myeloma. During this event, Myeloma UK supporters ride 500 kilometers (311 miles) from London to Paris in four days to raise funds for crucial myeloma research. Myeloma UK works to step up the discovery and development of effective treatments, and ultimately, to find a cure for myeloma. Celgene’s support enabled employees to ride in the Myeloma UK.
To support patients and their families, Celgene Korea has entered a partnership with Kids and Future Foundation to donate to a scholarship for children whose parents are suffering from hematologic cancer. While treatments for these cancers, which include lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma, have improved, patients require long-term continuous treatment. As a result, these patients are burdened by both their health and financial conditions. The scholarship helps their children continue their education.
The scholarship fund was raised through an internal campaign that encouraged all Celgene Korea employees to walk 100,000 steps in the month of March.
Carbon Offsetting Through Clean Cookstoves
Working with the Climate Neutral Group in the Netherlands, Celgene is working to compensate for CO2 emissions from business flights by investing in clean cookstoves in Kenya. This reduces CO2 emissions in Kenya while adding to the health and quality of life of the Kenyan people involved in this project. In 2017, Celgene Netherlands avoided 324 metric tons of CO2 equivalent by investing in cooking stoves.
Volunteering to Help Elderly People with Dementia
Celgene Netherlands is partnering with the King Arthur Group to organize small-scale support and activities for elderly people in several locations around Utrecht, where Celgene Netherlands is based. The King Arthur Group seeks to address the unmet needs of people with dementia, their family members and informal caregivers. Each year, the group identifies a number of projects and events that need volunteer support. Celgene Netherlands employees can volunteer for these projects, and Celgene Netherlands supports their participation by giving them a day off to volunteer.
For the fifth year in a row, Celgene Slovakia expressed support for patients suffering from multiple myeloma by organizing a team to “Run for Multiple Myeloma Patients” during the International Peace Marathon in Košice, Slovakia, the oldest marathon in Europe. The team, whose slogan is “Multiple myeloma never gives up. Neither do we!”, ran with doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients and their family members. More than 230 runners participated to support multiple myeloma patients. While some of the participants were endurance runners and internationally known athletes, most were amateurs who came out to support this worthwhile campaign.
Since 2016, Solidarity Days has been offering Celgene’s employees in France the opportunity to take a day off from work to volunteer to support non-profit organizations that help vulnerable populations, or to address environmental issues. In 2017, employees’ achievements ranged from building a game library in Marseille to developing an urban agro-ecological garden in the suburbs of Paris. When the day of volunteering ended, a total of 82 volunteers had donated 600 hours of service, and 100 percent of the employees who participated in 2017 said they would like to repeat the experience.
Celgene Mexico has been working to help vulnerable multiple myeloma (MM) patients— those without access to health insurance that covers MM—and to raise awareness of the disease. Celgene is advocating for MM to be covered by the public health insurance system and urging that MM issues be placed on the public agenda with the goal of achieving changes in public policy. In addition, Celgene Mexico is supporting patient organizations by providing training in advocacy, public policy, instructional development, navigating the Mexican Health System, fundraising techniques, and volunteering. Celgene grants are providing patient education workshops in MM and disease management, such as psychology and nutrition support, and sponsoring communications materials to raise awareness about MM.
Mali is one the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest adult illiteracy rates — 52 percent of the male and 66.8 percent of the female citizens are illiterate. The country’s primary public school enrollment rate is low, in large part because families are unable to cover the cost of uniforms, books, supplies, and required fees. Many young girls are kept at home to help with housework or sent to work in the artisanal gold mines, following in the footsteps of their parents.
Initiative contre la Faim des Enfants (IFE)- Mali is trying to change the lives of girls in this West African country and provide them with an education and dreams for a brighter future. It is spreading the message that an educated girl is more likely to be literate, healthy and survive into adulthood, as are her children.
In 2017, Celgene supported the work of IFE-Mali by donating laptop computers to IFE-Mali volunteers in the capital city of Bamako and in the local village of Karan.
In Bamako, the volunteers plan to use the computers to promote IFE-Mali activities on social media, recruit volunteers, prepare reports, conduct surveys, create presentations for Malian donors, and write grants. IFE-Mali’s partner school in Karan plans to use donated laptops to improve teaching and to establish databases about students and courses, as well as to teach students about technology.