Volunteerism

At Thermo Fisher Scientific we believe that to be a good corporate citizen it is our responsibility to invest in the communities where our employees live and work. Getting involved is not only part of our company culture but also our values. We foster volunteer led Community Action Councils at our sites around the world, allowing our colleagues to directly connect with their local communities through volunteer and philanthropic contributions and supporting STEM education. Each year we invite our Community Action Council Coordinators from around the world for a two day Summit where best practices are shared around our collective effort to make a global impact.

2018 volunteer impact

Volunteer hours donated to the community

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110+

Community Action Councils (up 16% from 2017)

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9,700+

Participating colleagues

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37

Participating countries

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1400+

Non-profit organizations supported through volunteerism

2018 recognition
Business Innovation Award-ANZ

Australia / New Zealand
Eighty-nine percent of colleagues at our Australia and New Zealand sites participated in 2018 volunteer events ranging from community cleanups to providing disadvantaged seniors and youth with meals. That impressive turnout earned them the Community Contribution Award from the Australian Business Awards.

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China
Over the course of six months, the China Business Network conducted an expert review that included a survey, interviews and media observation. Following that review, Thermo Fisher received the Excellent Practice Award for a series of social welfare activities including Little Scientists, our STEM education initiative in China.

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Spain/Portugal
Cegos Group, a global services company, recognized our colleagues in Spain and Portugal for the hands-on approach of their CAC. One of the CAC’s initiatives was to work with a local school in the poverty-stricken area of Los Pajaritos, Seville, to  install a laboratory to promote hands-on science experimentation.
See our team in action here.

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Fighting hunger together

Our site in Johannesburg, South Africa, partnered with Stop Hunger Now [Rise Against Hunger] to pack 20,000 meals, providing 77 children with 5 meals a week for a year in their local community.

Building a better tomorrow

Colleagues from our site in Mexico City, Mexico devoted an entire weekend working alongside the non-profit partner Techo to build homes for families impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2017.

Community Action Council Highlights
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Australia/New Zealand: As part of Get Involved Day, Thermo Fisher’s annual day of service, over 300 colleagues across 11 of our sites in Australia and New Zealand teamed up with Foodbank and Eat My Lunch to pack food hampers, assist in the Foodbank warehouse and make school lunchesfor children in need.

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Breda, Netherlands: In cooperation with the De Zonnebloem foundation, our colleagues organized a trip to the Safari Park Beekse Bergen to spend a day with people with disabilities. 

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Newport, United Kingdom: Our U.K. “Santa Team” helped brighten the holidays for children away from home or living in poverty by delivering over 200 toys, donated by our generous colleagues in Newport, to the Barnardos Children Centre. 


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Integrating business with involvement

Each year, thousands of Thermo Fisher colleagues gather at hotels and convention centers around the world to connect and set priorities for the coming year. Many of this year's meeting agendas included our 4i Value “Involvement,” and colleagues from a range of sites and businesses donated thousands of volunteer hours to their host communities as part of teambuilding exercises.​

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1,000

Activity kits for
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800

STEM activity kits packed

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350

Distraction kits for hospitals

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2,500+

Participating colleagues

2018 spotlight
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In February 2018, over 60 Thermo Fisher colleagues opened the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Orlando Florida with a team building and community engagement event. Kermit Hoffman, Vice President, Sales, Americas, of the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Division, kicked off the evening’s event with a message concerning the importance of colleague engagement and giving back to the Orlando community. 

The goal was to assemble stacks of lab aprons, gloves, chemical splash goggles, and notebooks into 1,200 reusable Thermo Fisher STEM-credible safety kits for donations to Florida schools. Additionally, teachers from the recipient schools were invited by the Pittcon Science Week organization to participate in free teacher workshops.

The STEM-credible kit program, one of Thermo Fisher’s global signature STEM education programs, enables students who do not have the proper personal protective equipment to conduct lab experiments safely, further empowering STEM education engagement in the classroom.