Community support

We aim to bring sustainable benefits to society in ways that are consistent with our business focus.

AstraZeneca is committed to acting responsibly with regard to its economic, social and environmental impact on society.

We work in the communities local to our UK sites by offering support to charities and not-for profit organisations committed to improving healthcare or enhancing science education. We also enable our employees to support healthcare and science education activities through our programmes.

In 2010 the company donated over £160K to UK based charities and other not-for-profit organisations via our charitable donations programme..

Our employees also offer their time through the national STEM Ambassador Programme. Local schools and colleges have benefited from 1200 hours of work time community support from our employees through the programme in 2010.

The STEM Ambassador Programme enriches children’s education by providing volunteers who use STEM skills in their work to enthuse pupils in science and encourage them to consider a STEM-related career.

As part of our commitment to science education, AstraZeneca is partnering with the educational charity, Career Academies UK, to help develop STEM-related ‘academies’ in schools and colleges nationally. The charity’s aim is to have a third of their ‘academies’ - around 40 - with a STEM theme by 2015. AstraZeneca STEM Ambassadors will use their science expertise to support the academies.

As part of the Company’s global Young Health Programme, which aims to connect young, disadvantaged people with better healthcare, in the UK we are partnering with the youth homelessness charity, Depaul UK.

Together we’re researching and developing specific initiatives to improve the health of homeless young people in the UK.

We believe that to be successful in delivering our strategic priorities, a strong focus on responsible business is essential. It’s fundamental to our reputation. Stakeholders need to be confident that we apply sustainability considerations and high ethical standards across all our activities, whether in-house or outsourced, in both established and emerging markets. Being welcomed as a trusted partner as we re-shape our geographic footprint and increase our externalisation is critical to our success.

Dame Nancy Rothwell

Non-Executive Director

Michele Hooper

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

For information on our global corporate responsibility strategy and our policies, please visit our global corporate website here.

VIDEO: Our work with Depaul UK

Together we’re researching and developing specific initiatives to improve the health of young homeless people in the UK.

See how we’re doing it [Link to video sent to Sab]