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December 20, 2019
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC’S SEASON OF GIVING

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC’S SEASON OF GIVING

Type the words ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ into Google and it will swiftly inform you that it refers to companies “taking responsibility for their impact on society… a concept whereby enterprises integrate social and environmental concerns into their mainstream business operations on a voluntary basis.”

While some major corporations cynically view CSR simply as a necessary but irksome public relations exercise, Boston Scientific Galway sees it more as an intrinsic part of the company DNA. The facts and figures speak for themselves. Since first setting up its Ballybrit campus in 1994, the BSC Community Programme initiatives have raised over €2.6 million for numerous local charities and organisations.

“Boston Scientific has always had an extremely strong community vision,” explains Nicola Gill, BSC senior communications specialist. “The company is genuinely committed to transforming lives through our focus on health, education and caring for communities – our own community of 4,000 people working here onsite, and also the communities of Galway city, county and the wider west of Ireland.”

It’s all extremely well organised. BSC Galway boasts ten ‘Inclusion & Engagement’ groups – including its CSR teams, Employee Resource Groups, Engineering Society, Sports ‘n’ Social Team and an employee forum – and all of these groups place volunteering at the core of what they do.

While it contributes to many worthy local causes, Boston Scientific selects a new main charity partner every two years through an employee nomination process. Over the past quarter century, its partners have included Console, Cope Galway, Voices for Down Syndrome, Ability West, Abalta Special School, East Galway Cancer Care and Western Alzheimer’s.

“Our current charity partner is Enable Ireland Galway,” Nicola explains, “and this partnership will finish at the end of this month. We’ve raised funds to help refurbish their building at Seamus Quirke Road. But, of course, we also raise money for other charities – employees make payroll donations on a weekly and monthly basis to Galway Hospice and Cancer Care West. We will open our nomination process to select our next charity partner in February 2020, which will be another exciting chapter for us.”

Every November and December, Boston Scientific’s fundraising activities step up a gear. “We call it our Season of Giving,” says Nicola. “It’s actually not just in Galway. Boston Scientific employees all around the world demonstrate their caring value by coming together with their teams to give back to their local communities.

“Here in Ballybrit, we have the Galway Giving Tree onsite,” she continues. “This year we collected a record number of over 800 presents for Simon Community, COPE and Eglinton Direct Provision Centre. We have a local school choir onsite as we enjoy our Christmas lunch, and employees make donations to the school’s charity of choice – this year it’s To Children With Love. We also support local and national charities with donations at this time of year. But it’s not just at Christmas – we also have an annual BSC Week of Caring in June which is widely supported by our employees.”

It’s said that it’s much better to give than to receive, and Nicola insists that that has very much been the experience of the hugely generous Boston Scientific workforce.

“It’s really important for us to give back to our local community,” she says. “All of the volunteers who run these programmes freely give their own time and effort. Volunteering gives people a real sense of achievement, happiness, engagement and wellbeing. We regularly bring these different teams together onsite and they soon find we all share a common purpose – connecting people through volunteering and charity work. So it’s great for staff morale – and, of course, just as great for the charities that benefit.”

 

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