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 supported one common activity of blood donation pan India to make a difference to patients suffering from thalassemia, a hereditary blood disorder where the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carry oxygen. Yet another activity is the painting of a mural at a local home offering accommodation to patients from outside the city undergoing cancer treatment.
This year marked the 21th 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.