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Hear from our new Global CSR partners

October 4, 2023

How does it feel to receive a multi-year commitment in support of your life’s work?

That’s the question we asked of the leaders of our five new Global CSR Program partner organizations.

Manasseh Gihana Wandera, executive director, Society for Family Health Rwanda says “It's like a stamp of approval that we are doing the right thing. That makes me encouraged.”

He is just one of the organization leaders who shared their reactions after being chosen for FY2023 partnerships. The organizations are diverse in scope and reach, but our Chief Global Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer Takako Ohyabu says they have important commonalities as well.

“While each of these partnerships will save lives and support health systems strengthening in unique and innovative ways, there are two common threads: an equity lens focused on marginalized groups and a systems approach prioritizing lasting outcomes over quick wins,” says Ohyabu.

The new partnerships bring our total contributions to JPY 24.2 billion (Approx. USD 167.5 million) across 29 long-term partnerships. Our company’s workforce is an integral part of the annual decision-making process, as more than 24,500 employees participated in the selection of the five new partnerships.

Watch the video to hear the heartfelt responses from this year’s recipients.

Here are our commitments to these new partners in FY2023.

  • JPY 834 million (Approx. USD 5.8 million) for Society for Family Health, Rwanda to expand access to quality healthcare in remote and hard-to-reach communities in Rwanda through the establishment of 20 second-generation health posts under a public-private-community-partnership model.

  • JPY 1,146 million (Approx. USD 7.9 million) for Relief International to improve access to essential medicines and medical supplies in communities experiencing conflict, climate change and disaster in Afghanistan, Yemen, Myanmar and Syria.

  • JPY 1,048 million (Approx. USD 7.3 million) for Mercy Corps to help climate-fragile communities to save lives, improve health and build climate resiliency for over 3 million people through the creation of resilience hubs in Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.

  • JPY 671 million (Approx. USD 4.6 million) for Partners In Health to elevate and equip 3,000 nurses and midwives in Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sierra Leone to become recognized leaders in the areas of patient care, administration and health policy.

  • JPY 793 million (Approx. USD 5.5 million) for University of Nairobi to create a pioneering, public health-focused machine learning and data science training program to strengthen the pipeline and impact of women to improve health in their communities.

*Approximate amount is at an exchange rate of 1 USD = 144.47 JPY.