AstraZeneca employees mix business and volunteerism


Jamie Lawlor

This week in Chicago as approximately 280 AstraZeneca employees gather to discuss business, they’re also joining forces to serve the community. Employees participated in a service project to benefit Blessings in a Backpack, stuffing backpacks with ready-to-eat foods for Chicago city children from low income or homeless families.

Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America, helped kick off the collaborative effort that resulted in more than 1,120  backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack. Once all backpacks were filled, each person wrote a personal note to the child for a more memorable experience.

This is one of many examples of AstraZeneca employees making a difference in their communities. AstraZeneca’s sales teams set the tone for a year of volunteerism at a meeting in January where they helped battle hunger and poverty by packing 19,680 meal bags that would feed more than 118,000 people impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Throughout the year, teams at other meetings contributed to a number of different organizations by building bikes for the Boys and Girls Club, packing more than 3,000 heart fitness bags for the American Heart Association and providing 1,250 Kids Care packages to the Ronald McDonald House in Orlando.

AstraZeneca employees also come together on a local level to better the communities they’re a part of. In June, AstraZeneca recognized 10 employees at the Jefferson Awards for their outstanding commitment to community and public service.

Teams in the Midwest worked together this summer after the Oklahoma tornados to support the clean-up efforts in those devastated areas.

Whether joining forces at large-scale meetings or coming together in their local communities, AstraZeneca employees continuously dedicate themselves to our legacy of improving the health of the communities in which we live and work.