Responsible business plan: Community investment
We are committed to meeting our responsibility as a global corporation to support the wider community, maximising the benefit of our investment for all stakeholders, through focused investment and by embracing current best practice.
Extended geographic reach of our Young Health Programme.
Support employee engagement via the YHP through information sharing and extended volunteering opportunities.
15 YHP country programmes running by end 2012 with total target reach of 500,000 adolescentsby 2015.
Maintain 2011 level (46%) or improve % of employees showing positive engagement with our community investment activity, including YHP (target date: end 2012).
Develop a strategy for advocacy within YHP.
Revised community support standard introduced.
Maintain or improve our scores on community investment in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index– be amongst top 25% of companies.
Report AstraZeneca global community investment and impact in line with the LBG framework.
Number of YHP community programmes.
Targeted reach of YHP.
% of employees showing positive engagement with our community investment activity, including YHP.
No issues with community support processes that impact Code or regulatory requirements.
Community investment score in DJSI.
As at end January 2013, we have 15 YHP country programmes in place.
Note: Following a strategic review, community investment activity was removed from our global employee engagement survey in 2012 to enable an increased focus in the survey on business critical issues. We are therefore unable to report against this KPI for 2012.
23 breaches of community policy. All were rated as ‘low impact’ on Code or regulatory requirements but nevertheless provide the baseline for driving improvement.
Revised community support standard combined with community support guidance to form new Global Community Investment Procedure & Guidance which, alongside a new Global Contributions Standard supports the revised Global Policy on Ethical interactions (link), all of which were published in January 2013.
Total 2012 spend of $1.18billion on community sponsorships, partnerships and charitable donations worldwide.
DJSI score ranks AZ in 76th percentile Reported key CI investment (Young Health Programme) in line with LBG framework.
In 2012, we spent a total of $1.18 billion (2011: $1.06billion1) on community investment sponsorships, partnerships and charitable donations worldwide, including our product donation and patient assistance programmes which make our medicines available free of charge or at reduced prices. Through our three patient assistance programmes in the US we donated products valued at an average wholesale price of over $ 1.12 billion (2011: $938 million). We also donated product over $5.8 million, valued at average wholesale price to charitable organisations Americares and Direct Relief International.
In line with our Community Investment strategy and our Responsible Business Plan, we have continued to expand our Young Health Programme, with 15 local programmes now underway around the world. A further two programmes are expected to launch in the first half of 2013, with others likely later in the year. We have reached over 250,000 young people in communities across five continents and over 3,000] of these young people have been trained to share health information with their peers and with the community Over 2,700 frontline health providers have completed training programmes in understanding adolescents and their health needs. We are on track to meet our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to reach 500,000 young people by the end of 2015. Initial findings from the Wellbeing of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE) study being undertaken by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of Young Health Programme were presented at World Health Summit in Berlin October 2012, with final data publication due 2013. As part of our best practice sharing, our dedicated online resource (www.younghealthprogrammeYHP.com) enables those working with young people to access information and resources created by the Young Health Programme partners. Young Health Programme investment is reported in line with London Benchmarking Group standards and our community investment score in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index showed an improvement compared to 2011, although there is still room for further improvement in 2013.
Our support for science education takes a number of forms. For example, in 2011, we entered a three year partnership with Career Academies UK to support increased participation by 16 to 19 year olds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, with a target that one-third of Career Academies have a STEM theme by 2014/15 academic year. By the 2012/13 academic year the proportion was almost one quarter, representing 48 Career Academies. Our work with Career Academies UK complements the involvement we have had since 2003 with the STEM ambassador programme.
1 - Figure re-stated to correct product donation data capture error in 2011.
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