At Lilly, we’re committed to being a leader in corporate responsibility, which includes being an active participant in the communities we serve. We have a robust history of community involvement and believe we can make an impact that extends far beyond the medicines we make. Many of our donations—including those provided through the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation—focus on improving access to medicines and quality health care for millions of people around the globe.
Lilly's Global Day of Service
Our annual Global Day of Service ranks among the largest single-day volunteer initiatives of any company in the United States. In 2012, 20,000 employees in more than 40 global locations volunteered on one day in October.
Globally, our company donates substantial amounts of products and cash every year, and our employees volunteer their time and skills to scores of charitable causes and programs. In 2011, we gave approximately $590 million in charitable contributions (including cash, products, and other in-kind donations) to organizations around the world - up from $430 million the previous year. In October 2010, Forbes ranked Lilly among America’s 10 most generous companies, based on 2009 donations as a percentage of operating income. Read more.
Our corporate volunteer programs harness the power of our employees within their communities. In 2011, we took a new approach to employee volunteerism, building on our long tradition of innovation and caring. Through the Connecting Hearts Abroad program, we are sending 200 “Lilly Ambassadors” each year on two-week assignments to provide assistance in developing communities in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, where people lack access to the most basic of resources. The goal is not just to help others, but also to spark employees’ innovative ideas to make Lilly a better company. Read more.