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 or 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 over a 100 non profit partners and donated approx. £16Mn worth of skilled services.
  • Inclusion & diversity : Back in 2009, PULSE volunteers primarily came from the US & UK, whereas in 2015, over half (57%) of our volunteers come from outside of the US & UK. Also, in 2015, volunteers are coming from 24 countries, while in 2009 they came from 11 countries.
  • Sustainable change: In recent surveys (conducted 6 months after the volunteer’s assignment finished), 98% of non profit partners stated that their volunteers had a lasting impact on the organization Vs. 83% in 2009.
  • Personal development: 29% of volunteers moved to a different position in GSK within 12 months after their PULSE assignments (compared to 15% of total GSK population in the same countries).
  • Business Impact: 81% of volunteers are doing something differently back at GSK as a result of their PULSE experience.

Our growth: