Global Day of Service

Every year, in celebration of the company's annual Global Day of Service, Lilly employees around the world join together to donate their time and energy to improve the health and well being of their local communities. This event was conceived in 2006 when we realized that we could do more to fully harness the volunteer power of our workforce.

In 2007, we built upon our existing initiatives and launched the Lilly Hands and Hearts Employee Volunteer programme to encourage volunteerism and to connect employees with their communities.

Our highest-profile effort thus far was our first Lilly Global Day of Service in May 2008. During office hours, more than 20,000 Lilly employees around the world participated in projects that improved communities and helped patients.

Employees across the globe volunteered to help improve their communities in many ways, such as planting trees to help with reforestation efforts in Turkey and working with the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families to tell stories to disadvantaged children in Taiwan. In India, Lilly helped refurbish and paint the community center of a village, visited the TB hospital pediatric ward and sang for the pediatric patients. Lilly staff, members of the Lilly MDR-TB partnership and other volunteers walked to raise funds for each respective establishment. The Lilly Foundation guaranteed a substantial monetary contribution for each mile (1.2 KM) walked.