What is PULSE?

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is GSK’s skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organisation for three to six months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad. When PULSE volunteers return to GSK, they act as catalysts to change the company for the better.

PULSE facts:

Since GSK launched PULSE, there has been significant growth in the programme’s strategy and portfolio on several parameters, including:

  • Social Impact : In our pioneering year, we worked with 29 non profit partners donating approx. £1.1Mn worth of skilled services. Since then we have worked with 127 non profit partners and donated approx. £29Mn worth of skilled services.
  • Inclusion & diversity : Back in 2009, PULSE volunteers primarily came from the US & UK, whereas in 2019, over half (53%) of our volunteers came from outside of the US & UK. Also, in 2019, volunteers were from 17 countries, while in 2009 they came from 11 countries. This peaked at 30 different countries in 2014.
  • Sustainable change: In recent surveys (conducted 6 months after the volunteer’s assignment finished), 93% of non profit partners stated that their volunteers had a lasting impact on the organization as they are doing things differently due to the work completed by the PULSE volunteer.
  • Personal development: 77% of 2014 – 2017 volunteers have moved to a new position in GSK since completing their PULSE assignments.
  • Business Impact: 92% of volunteers say they have acquired, improved or developed new skills as a result of their PULSE experience. 90% of GSK line managers of PULSE volunteers feel sure that PULSE was a development opportunity for their employee.

Our impact:

PULSE Infographic2019 Change mission


Find out more:

Visit the GSK website to find out more about our commitment to employee volunteering.

Read our 2018/2019 Employee Volunteering Annual Impact Report.