Roche - The Corporate Citizen
For Roche, supporting scientific, social and cultural projects – in Switzerland and abroad – is an integral part of its role as a corporate citizen. In addition, the company has traditionally played a major part in promoting green technologies and minimising adverse impacts on the environment.
- Roche makes a substantial contribution to the promotion of scientific research, e.g. through the Roche Research Foundation and by supporting the 'Schweizer Jugend forscht' foundation for young researchers.
- In 2001 the University of Basel was granted an endowment of 12 million Swiss francs to establish a Roche Chair of Immunology for a period of at least 25 years.
- The Basel Institute for Immunology, established and funded by Roche in the 1970s, produced three Nobel Prize winners and received various other awards.
- Roche founded the Museum Tinguely to commemorate its centenary in 1996. The Museum has attracted over 1.5 million visitors to date and continues to receive funding from Roche.
- In 2003 Roche initiated the Roche Commissions series in partnership with the Lucerne Festival to promote contemporary music.
- In 2005 the first monthly Roche’n’Jazz event at the Museum Tinguely was launched for the benefit of all jazz aficionados. This worldwide project to promote innovative music is the brainchild of Roche, the Basel’s bird’s eye jazz club and the Museum Tinguely.
- 80% of the workforce at Roche – including factory and laboratory staff – have an original work of art at their workplace.
- Roche’s Basel headquarters in particular embody an architectural tradition dating back to the 1920s that is unrivalled in the industry.
- In 2005 Roche helped launch the Cor porate Support Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross as a founding member. Roche’s support to the Group comprises monetary donations, goods and services.
- At the Roche Employee AIDS Walk in 2005, more than 1,400 employees in Switzerland raised 220,000 Swiss francs for orphan care centres in Malawi; Roche matched this donation.
- Every year, Roche spends more than 80 million Swiss francs in Switzerland on health, safety and environmental protection alone.
- Roche also supports numerous smaller and larger projects in Switzerland, from the Holzhäusern open-air children’s songs event and the Zug Chamber Music Ensemble, to public libraries in Basel, junior-league ice hockey in Burgdorf and the rhinoceros enclosure at the Basel Zoo.
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