GSK Puerto Rico shows us their resilience and commitment
Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, our GSK Puerto Rico team shows great resilience and commitment to re-open our GSK sites and refocus energy on local communities and customers.
Nearly 50 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico, our GSK colleagues have shown amazing resilience and commitment as they’ve worked to get back on their feet, re-open our GSK sites, and refocus their energy on their communities and customers.
Resilience that was both recognized and celebrated on Wednesday, November 1, when members of GSK’s US Leadership Team joined Yvonne McBurney, General Manager of GSK Puerto Rico as well as local leaders, to meet with employees at our Guaynabo Office and in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
GSK leaders also joined the Puerto Rican Chapter of the American Red Cross at one of its relief and recovery drives at Barriada Figueroa in Santurce. While there, Jack Bailey, President, US Pharmaceuticals, announced a $300,000 donation from GSK to further support Red Cross’ relief and recovery efforts for those impacted by hurricane María.
“We greatly appreciate GSK’s donation, which will allow our more than 550 volunteers and full time personnel to continue helping the thousands of families that are lacking supplies that are basic for survival and in need of emotional support”
The Red Cross is working in Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities in to distribute food and water to residents. It has given out more than 1.5 million food rations as part of that initiative. The organization has also provided physical and mental healthcare services to more than 10,500 people throughout the island. “The progress we have seen in communities all around Puerto Rico is the result of the work of many caring and committed hands, including GSK,” Feliciano said.
The donation to the Red Cross will be distributed over time to support the relief and recovery in impacted communities and is just one of the ways in which we are helping to support the island’s recovering. GSK employees have raised over $35k throughout the past two months to support the relief efforts of our partners at Save the Children. In addition, we are working with Americares and Direct Relief International, to continue providing critical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products to support those affected by the Hurricane.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team here in Puerto Rico. Every single GSK Puerto Rican employee has shown great resilience and tremendous perseverance after what has been a very challenging experience. We standby ready to provide whatever support is needed.”
We have a longstanding global commitment to supporting non-profit partners in disaster situations. In addition to our support of the Red Cross, in 2015 we made a $2 million grant to fund a joint Save the Children-Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness 3-year initiative to help US communities better prepare for disaster situations like the one that ravaged Puerto Rico.