A key corporate social responsibility is Community Partnership Week that is commemorated each year. This provides our employees all over India the opportunity to volunteer time for causes that make a difference in the local communities. Community Partnership Week continues to grow in stature with a rising number of associates participating in a diverse range of activities involving underserved communities and the less fortunate across the spectrum.
Employees support a variety of projects ranging from painting a mural at a local home offering accommodation to patients from outside the city undergoing cancer treatment, donating blood for children suffering from thalassemia, raising funds for children suffering from cancer, the less privileged in need of cataract surgery and the elderly with dementia in need of daycare.
Our children had such a wonderful time. For this short while they and their parents seem to have forgotten that they have cancer. Everyone had so much fun and we love the way you have transformed this room. Do come back again and brighten up other parts of this place.
This year marked the 20th annual Community Partnership Week in India. Commemorated as a day globally to mark the 1996 creation of Novartis as a global leader in healthcare, in India we have been dedicating a week.