As a division of the Novartis Group, Sandoz Canada is committed to playing a key role in achieving global healthcare goals that include improving access to high-quality medicines, especially for those most in need, promoting better access to medical information, and helping to build healthcare capacity.
Health Partners International of Canada
Sandoz Canada is a proud financial supporter of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC), an organization dedicated to increasing access to medicines and improved healthcare in vulnerable communities (http://www.hpicanada.ca). HPIC’s work includes the supply of emergency medical kits, enhancing local supply chains and pharmaceutical management practices, and capacity building, all of which are well aligned with our own vision of being a leader in the healthcare sector.
Sandoz Canada is a member and pays annual fees to the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA), a not-for-profit organization that ensures proper end-of-life management of pharmaceutical and natural health products (http://www.healthsteward.ca/). HPSA’s mandate is to perform, on behalf of each steward, certain duties required under provincial regulations. The program’s overall objective is to divert expired and/or unused health products from landfills and sewers, as well as to ensure safe and effective collection and disposal.
Sandoz Canada and its employees are active supporters of United Way/Centraide, whose volunteer-based autonomous organizations across Canada provide a wide variety of support services for less fortunate members of our society (http://www.centraide-mtl.org/en), including many that are aligned with our corporate responsibility commitment. United Way/Centraide is primarily focused on poverty, homelessness, and families or individuals in crisis or need. Every year, our employees take part in the United Way/Centraide fundraising campaign through fun activities, contests and various initiatives, and have raised over $100,000 to support our local communities since 2014. Sandoz Canada is a winner of a “Prix Solidaires – First campaign” award from Centraide of Greater Montreal in recognition of our employees’ generosity and the exemplary teamwork carried out by the members of our volunteer campaign committee.
Ride for Life
Since 2013, Sandoz Canada employees have participated in the Novartis Canada Ride For Life! a 600-kilometre, 3½- day bicycle race from Toronto to Montreal that raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Together with their counterparts at Novartis, employees have raised more than $1 million as of now in support of brave people who are battling breast cancer. Many of our employees also participate in the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in Montreal in support of cancer research and give generously to the cause. Sandoz Canada and Novartis have a booth at the event to underscore the solidarity and engagement of their employees, promote healthy lifestyles, heighten the two companies’ visibility as leaders in the healthcare sector, and underscore their commitment to building healthcare capacity.