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