Abbott, one of Ireland’s largest multinational companies with 14 facilities in seven counties, including a manufacturing facility in Clonmel, has published its first citizenship report in Ireland. Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott, travelled to Ireland to launch the report which highlights the company’s commitment to its customers, employees, environment and communities.
Through Croí an Óir, Abbott’s employee volunteering programme, employees in Ireland volunteered 9,000 hours in their local communities and organised nearly 200 events to support community and charitable organisations in 2010. In Tipperary alone, Abbott employees raised €42,125 and volunteered 1,466 hours for the benefit of local charities and the community.
“Corporate citizenship is a key tenet to sustaining Abbott’s business across the globe and is embedded throughout our organisation, whereby we strive to be a trusted, local citizen of each market where we operate. Corporate citizenship is central to building a sustainable business and active citizenship is embedded in the values of our company. In Ireland, the very active citizenship of our employees is having a significant impact in communities here and abroad. We are proud of their achievements and commitments which are published in the first Abbott Ireland citizenship report,” said Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott.
“The contribution of Abbott to Ireland extends beyond our economic impact and the citizenship programme is the formal framework which allows us to make a greater contribution to our communities and other stakeholders. As a prominent local employer, we partner with and support a wide range of organisations and activities to benefit our area,” said Ger Cronin, Divisional Vice President, International Operations.
The citizenship report provides details of Abbott’s wider contribution across four priority areas including: Innovating for the Future: Advancing Science and Engineering; Supporting Patients and Enhancing Access; Safeguarding the Environment and Being a Great Place to Work.
The report outlines Abbotts significant contribution to the community in Tipperary. Key highlights include
29 employee volunteers in Tipperary participating in outreach programmes to 220 students and parents, through Abbott’s science programme Family Science, which aim to inspire and train Ireland’s next generation of innovators.Abbott supported 32 patient organisations providing event support, organisational support, patient education and caregiver education. In Tipperary in 2010, Abbott supported 33 community organisations.
Abbott’s facility in Clonmel has installed a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit which will reduce the site’s CO2 emissions by 2,800 tonnes annually.
Abbott’s Clonmel facility, its largest site in Ireland, has a particular focus on attracting and retaining colleagues with diverse needs. Their Ability Belief to Leverage Everyone (ABLE) Programme aims to attract, retain and develop people with disabilities.
Abbott has been recognised through external awards programmes for its commitment to the learning and development of its employees. In 2010 more than 20 percent of Abbott Ireland employees participated in professional development courses.
Abbott Ireland has also won numerous awards for its contribution to the communities in which it operates and the environment, as well as being recognised as one of the county’s leading employers. Abbott Ireland won the 2011 European Employee Volunteering Award which was presented to mark the European Year of Volunteering and was supported by the European Commission. Abbott won the Chamber’s Ireland Good Neighbour Award in 2010 and its Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2009.