Philanthropic Initiatives

We engage in philanthropic giving as part of our sustainability efforts

Roche has a rich history not only in healthcare innovation, but also in philanthropic giving.

Roche’s approach to philanthropic donations and non-commercial sponsorships mirrors our sustainable business model and innovation culture.

When assessing projects, we focus on the potential impact rather than on cost. Impact is the measure of value and success.

Philanthropic donations are decided by local management of the affiliate concerned. However, donations involving more than one country are handled by Roche’s Corporate Donations and Philanthropy group.

Decisions are made in line with the Roche Policy on Philanthropic Donations and non-commercial Sponsorship.

Roche employees support philanthropic initiatives, e.g. the annual Roche Children’s Walk, which brings together employees in all time zones to raise money to support vulnerable children across the globe.

As part of its commitment to society, Roche supports its employees who personally engage in community activities, such as the Roche Secondment program that enables Roche employees to support non-governmental organisations with their knowledge on healthcare-related topics.

We are all expected to:
  • Address any request for philanthropic sponsorship and non-commercial donation to the responsible Roche decision-maker.
Questions & Answers

Why is it a good thing for me to participate in the Roche Children’s Walk?

By participating in the Roche Children’s Walk you help to raise money for children who need it urgently. The money that you collect will be doubled by Roche and invested to 100% in supported projects.

I receive a request from a sports club asking Roche for a financial donation. What do I do?

Philanthropic donations are decided by local management of the affiliate concerned. Global projects are handled by the Corporate Donations and Philanthropy group. The decision-maker has to assess whether a specific request is in line with the principles as set forth in the Roche Policy on Philanthropic Donations and non-commercial Sponsorship.

Further Informations

Further information and guidance: Roche Policy on Philanthropic Donations and non-commercial Sponsorship; Roche Brochure “Improving access: overcoming barriers”; Roche Secondment program Factsheet; Roche Children’s Walk Factsheet. These documents can be found on the Roche internet and intranet (website Group Legal Department). Roche also supports a number of health-related areas such as disease awareness campaigns and capacity building initiatives, which are connected with developing our business. Details of these initiatives can also be found on the Roche internet.
Speak up: If you believe in good faith that in connection with a business where Roche is involved someone has done, is doing, or may be about to do something that violates the provisions regarding philanthropic initiatives, speak up by using the available speak up channels.