Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Honoree Spotlight: AmerisourceBergen
GPCVC Member and Civic 50 Honoree AmerisourceBergen:
Describe the main initiative(s) of your CSR program:
As a purpose driven company, AmerisourceBergen understands that we have a moral obligation to improve the wellbeing of human and animal populations by expanding access to quality healthcare to advance health equity. This purpose is woven through all aspects of our Corporate Responsibility program which we implement by partnering with organizations to provide everyone, humans and animals, with an equitable opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
We encourage team members to support the health of their local communities by giving back with both their time and treasure to the causes that matter most to them. All US and Canada-based team members receive eight hours of paid volunteer time off annually with those working part-time receiving four hours. And all AB team members around the world can participate in myCommunityImpact, our Volunteer/Board Service grant and Matching Gifts program that is supported by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. We’re especially proud that in FY20, more than 750 organizations around the world received support through the program. In addition to supporting myCommunityImpact, in FY20 the AmerisourceBergen Foundation donated nearly $10M to 100+ nonprofits.
Another way we put purpose-into-action is the Associate Assistance Fund (AAF). Funded by team members for team members, the AAF provides much needed financial assistance to employees who have experienced a catastrophic event that has caused financial hardship. The AAF has also provided an avenue for employee engagement by offering opportunities for team members to serve on the Board and the committee that reviews all requests for support.
What are some of the key learning you gained, through participation in the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia?
Although we know intuitively that to do the work we do, we need to work cross functionally, participating in the Civic50, allowed us to see just how critical our partnerships with teams internally are. From human resources to marketing and communications, to finance; it is through strong internal partnerships with teams around the enterprise that we successfully implement all of our employee engagement programming. Additionally, it was exciting to see that Corporate Responsibility was featured at some level during every enterprise-wide Town Hall during 2020, which reconfirmed for our team the continued commitment of our leaders to this work and the value it brings to our team members around the globe.
What would you share with a company that is debating whether to take the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia next year?
There is always the opportunity for improvement that will bring about greater impact and those can often only be seen during review and measurement. We’re proud to have joined a group of other companies that are all working toward making our community and world better. Through being a part of a community of practice like The Civic 50, we have had opportunities to learn from colleagues in the space and in turn find more ways to improve the health of our local communities.