Employees helping communities

Employee volunteering is important to us. We encourage our people to contribute to their local communities – and give them plenty of support to do so.

We’re pleased to be able to support communities and charities. But employee volunteering isn’t purely giving to others. It helps our people to gain new experiences and skills plus, in many cases, a deeper understanding of patient needs.

Orange Day

We launched Orange Day to give all our employees one paid day off each year to volunteer for a good cause. Employees across the world have supported a wide range of charities and projects including work in local schools, shelters for the homeless, community gardens, nursing homes and communities affected by natural disasters.

In 2018, we recorded over 121,237 hours of volunteering by 10,429 employees in 77 different countries.

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organisation for three to six months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad.

Since its launch in 2009, PULSE has sent 810 employees from 65 countries to serve 127 non-profit partners in 77 countries, supporting partners that work on healthcare access and issues affecting children – this equates to £29 million worth of skilled services. The PULSE programme enables our employees to work full-time with non-profit organisations, leveraging their professional expertise and knowledge for the good of the organisation and society.

To hear the experiences of our employees who have participated in PULSE, watch this video:


Since we launched PULSE in 2009, 810 employees have volunteered with 127 non-profit organisations at home and abroad. These PULSE volunteers have created positive, sustainable change in communities all around the world. They are role modelling our expectations of courage, accountability, development and teamwork, and building trust within and outside the company.

Emma Walmsley - GSK CEO

Find out more about employee volunteering.

Read more about the PULSE programme in the Annual Report 2018-2019 (PDF).