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CSR Actions at Novartis in response to the impact of COVID-19

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Business Name: Novartis

Sector: Pharmaceutical

Location: Dublin & Cork

No. of Employees: 1200

Website: www.novartis.ie

Twitter: @NovartisIreland


Response to COVID-19

In the face of a global pandemic, Novartis has mobilized R&D capabilities, medicines, clinical trials expertise and aid, to address the Coronavirus pandemic.  Novartis, through its employees in Dublin and Cork, is supporting the fight against COVID-19. Read about how Novartis Ireland is providing a broad range of initiatives to respond to communities impacted by COVID-19 here.

Novartis, as a member of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), is involved in industry support to address the Coronavirus pandemic. The following two videos show contributions from Novartis to demonstrate how Novartis is playing its part:

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Does your company/organisation have a CSR Strategy?

Yes – but at early stage, so developing      


CSR Initiative

Two-pronged initiative: 

  1. A) Support for COVID-19
  2. B) Improve Environment Strategy

Novartis Ireland has donated funding for the purchase of PPE and equipment.  This support is to be distributed to areas most in need, to protect healthcare staff against the continued fight versus COVID-19.  In addition, Novartis Ireland is supporting the ongoing efforts by the pharma industry (BioPharmaChem Ireland) by supporting the purchase of raw materials required to manufacture a reagent used in COVID-19 testing. 

In response to the nationwide appeal from St James Hospital, Novartis donated 50,000 gloves and 25,000 masks to the hospital, to protect healthcare staff against the continued fight versus COVID-19.

Funding is also being distributed to help patient groups in supporting at risk individuals and groups through this difficult period.

Novartis is also undertaking several efforts to leverage our capabilities in discovery, development and scale-up manufacturing.


How have you communicated this activity to the public?

Yes - company website (www.novartis.ie), social media (@NovartisIreland)


Do you report on CSR in your Annual Report?


Four Dimensions of CSR for Ptools

Four dimensions of CSR – Environment, Community, Workplace and Marketplace.

Select one or more that apply to your CSR activity and why?

Environment – we are developing our Green strategy to be a more sustainable business.

Community – important for a company to give back to the community at large, and also the business community, in particular SME’s.

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June 2020