Our strategy for community involvement relies on engagement at the local level where we can have the most meaningful impact with our non-profit partners. We foster volunteer-led Community Action Councils (CACs) at our sites around the world, resourcing our colleagues so they may directly connect with their local communities to provide rewarding volunteer and philanthropic support. Although CACs are empowered to work independently, they are provided corporate support including grant funding, tools, and training. Each year we invite our CAC Coordinators from around the world to a two-day summit where best practices are shared around our collective effort to make a global impact.
Community Action Councils
Our largest annual volunteer effort is “Get Involved Day,” a day of service encouraging colleagues across the globe to give back to their communities with up to 8 hours of volunteerism. Activities are coordinated locally to support charitable causes important to our colleagues, including STEM education events, park and beach clean-ups, food packing events, and working with seniors and children.
Each year, thousands of Thermo Fisher colleagues gather at hotels and convention centers around the world to connect and set priorities for the coming year. Many of this year’s meeting agendas included our community involvement, and colleagues from a range of sites and businesses donated thousands of volunteer hours to their host communities as part of team-building exercises.
At a Divisional National Sales meeting in Seattle, Wash., over 160 colleagues stuffed backpacks full of school supplies to donate to the Rainer Vista Boys & Girls Club of America. As a team-building activity, they also created artwork that was donated to the club.
Participation decreased in 2020 as a result of the ongoing global pandemic
Through volunteerism and charitable giving, our colleagues make a difference in their local communities. With a network of over 124 Community Action Councils (CACs) across the globe, our employees have collectively donated over 69,000 volunteer hours to their local communities both through organized group activities and individual efforts.
In 2019, we expanded our Charitable Giving Program to support colleague donations year-round and during our annual United Way Campaign across 28 countries. This expansion also allowed us to provide more opportunities for colleagues to participate in and organize disaster relief campaigns that may affect their immediate community or communities abroad.
Through our Employee Matching Gift program, we help colleagues make an even bigger impact by matching their contribution to eligible charities by 100%.
In 2019, our site in Frederick, Md., received the Corporate Business Service Award from the state governor in recognition of its contribution to the community. The site mobilized half of its 500+ workforce to provide over 6,000 volunteer hours to a variety of local charities. Much of the team’s community engagement has focused on promoting STEM education in the local community, including long-standing partnerships with both the Boys & Girls Club of America and Frederick County Public Schools
According to the U.S. Water Alliance, more than two million Americans lack access to running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater services. In 2019, we established the Nalgene Water Fund to support communities across the U.S. struggling with access to clean water by partnering with grassroots non-profits to raise funds and awareness. Through the sale of our limited-edition water bottles, $5.00 from each bottle was donated to the fund along with additional monies generated by our non-profit partners. Funds generated through this ongoing campaign will be directed to the U.S. Water Alliance to distribute to communities in need.
In 2019, we partnered with the Advanced Math and Science Academy, a Marlborough, Mass., charter school for students in grades 6-12, to enhance their curriculum with the donation of a Thermo ScientificTM PhenomTM ProX desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM). The addition of this sophisticated instrument will take the immersive learning approach at the school to a deeper level by allowing students to explore cell structure and interactions in far greater detail than was previously possible.
This past year at our largest meal packing event to date, colleagues across India came together to pack 300,000 meals at Thermo Fisher India’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Hyderabad. This event brought the total number of meals packed with the organization Rise Against Hunger to one million since the start of our partnership in 2015. Since then, more than 5,000 colleagues have packed meals across 20 different cities in four countries, providing nourishment for over 10,600 people.