As a global company, Takeda’s purpose is to bring "Better Health for People, Brighter Future for the World.” To realize a healthy and bright future for everyone, we envision a world where prevention measures are exponentially advanced, the health workforce is empowered, systems are prepared against emergency shocks and people are freed from the burden of disease with reliable access to quality care. When improvements to health systems go beyond filling gaps and short-term outcomes, people and communities thrive, systems can sustainably meet their everyday needs and are prepared for emergencies, and the impact of drugs, vaccines and all health tools can be realized at scale. In keeping with this aspiration, our Global CSR Program was launched in 2016. This is an employee-driven initiative in which approximately 47,000 employees across 80 countries and regions vote to support new partnerships. Through voting, each and every employee selects programs following their own thoughts and feelings.
Selection candidates are primarily international and non-governmental organizations with a proven track record. In particular, the program covers activities aimed at preventing diseases in developing and emerging countries, fostering local health workers, strengthening supply chains, and improving access to high-quality medical care.
The following four organizations/programs were selected by voting this year.
IntraHealth International - Work with 12 private schools in Mali, Senegal and Niger to increase the number of highly trained nurses who can serve rural communities facing a critical shortage of health workers in these countries. JPY 953 million over the next five years.
Jhpiego’s iWIN project - Help accelerate progress in preventing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity by mending the fragmented maternal and child health ecosystem in India. JPY 890 million over the next five years.
Pathfinder International – Advance the leadership of women and girls in responding to the disproportionate impact of climate change and emergencies on women’s health. JPY 1 billion over the next five years.
The World Food Programme’s Project Boreas - Create a regional Logistics Knowledge Centre and enhance the capacity of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Accra, Ghana, to more efficiently receive, store and transport temperature-sensitive health products in 17 countries in West Africa. JPY 1.3 billion over the next five years.
Toshie Ando, Head of Global CSR & Partnership Strategy, who is responsible for this program, said “Each year, the Global CSR Program is characterized by a vote by Takeda employees worldwide to determine the partners and activities that will be newly supported. The program has fostered a high level of interest among Takeda employees and a mindset to view global health as our own. Once the poll announcement is made internally, it naturally becomes a lively topic of conversation, and as employees of a global pharmaceutical company, each and every one of us is proud to participate in this program.”
Takeda has contributed a total of 16.5 billion yen across 20 programs in 72 countries, including the newly added four partners. Our partners are on track to reach 18.4 million direct beneficiaries by 2027. We will continue to contribute to the strengthening of health systems in developing and emerging countries through this global CSR program.