Dedicating time and expertise in the communities where our employees live and work.
Employees combine working out and giving back
Boston Scientific and the Boston Celtics have challenged Boston Scientific employees from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to reach their fitness goals and make a difference in their community through the Fit for a Cause program. During January and February, employees will form teams and work out together to earn points toward a grand prize: A pay-it forward renovation for one of three Massachusetts community organizations that are in need of a fitness area makeover. The team with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a renovation for one of the following community organizations:
- The Boys & Girls Club of Metrowest – Hudson
- The Frisoli Youth Center – Cambridge
- The Snug Harbor Community School – Quincy
Each location supports their local community with access to fitness, wellness, and health programming and would significantly benefit from physical improvements.
The Fit for a Cause Challenge is open to Boston Scientific employees only. During the first Fit for a Cause challenge in 2017, the Waterford Elementary School in Gardner, Massachusetts received a makeover that included resurfacing of the gym floor and repairs to basketball hoops and bleachers. Through this challenge, employees continue to demonstrate the company’s caring value by making improvements in the community that will continue to have a positive effect well into the future.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Active in the Community
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are an integral part of the culture at Boston Scientific. They are voluntary, company-sponsored organizations dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. ERGs typically form around a specific diversity dimension such as gender, race, sexual orientation or life-stage. Any employee can join or participate with any ERG. Employees benefit individually and collectively from their involvement
In November of 2017, the SAIL (South Asians in Leadership) ERG based in Maccrlborough, MA held their annual Diwali Event, with more than 150 employees and family members in attendance. The celebration included activities for children, Dandiya dance classes, saree tying and a henna station. In addition, the event raised $1,300 which was used to support a ‘Warmth Drive’ which was hosted by Boston Scientific employees in India.
The Warmth Drive was held over three days in 15 locations in the Gurugram area (in North India). Money raised by Boston Scientific employees in Massachusetts resulted in the purchase of clothes and coats for 2,340 people. Blankets, warmers, socks, mufflers and shawls were distributed to underprivileged people across the region. ERGs are dedicated to creating inclusive workplaces through networking, professional development, the celebration of culture and a commitment to community. Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Boston Scientific
Helping to Eliminate Food Insecurity
As part of our 2017 Boston Scientific Global Volunteer Week, an annual celebration of the volunteer spirit, a Boston Scientific sales team based in Arizona organized a service project to benefit a local food bank. They chose to support St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix.
Boston Scientific volunteers spent the day packaging and loading grocery carts in preparation for food distribution. The team also had the opportunity to meet with clients as they visited the food bank. Other volunteers worked with individuals who came in seeking help completing job applications.
In total, the group prepared food packages for 599 clients, resulting in more than 17,500 meals for families in need. Employees also made personal donations and had them matched through the company’s Employee Matching Gift Program.
During the 51 other weeks of the year, Boston Scientific employees and teams are working hard to improve communities through volunteerism. We believe that by working together and imagining what’s possible, we can we can build healthy and vibrant communities around the globe.
BSC Thailand Planting for Life and Land
Last summer, 30 employees and their families from Boston Scientific (BSC) Thailand participated in a sapling planting activity in a mangrove forest in the Gulf of Thailand. Mangrove forests are home to a large variety of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusk species that provide an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities around the world.
The dense root systems of mangrove forests trap sediments flowing down rivers and off the land, which stabilizes the coastline and prevents erosion. The mangrove forests also absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), helping to reduce the effects of global warming.
In recent years, the mangrove forests have fallen victim to logging activities with rather disastrous consequences. This has become a serious concern around the world. BSC Thailand employees planned a day to plant and grow small saplings to help preserve the mangrove forest in an effort to demonstrate BSC's core value: Caring. The team planted over 400 Avicennia shrub saplings and plans to continue returning in years to come to plant more.
Closing the Gap in Pancreatic Cancer Research
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related death, and it is expected to become the second leading cause by the year 20201. To date, there is no prevention or cure.
The Boston Scientific Close the Gap initiative is committed to changing these statistics, working closely with organizations on the front line of funding research and providing health education information to individuals who are most at risk.
In September, the Close the Gap team participated in the New England Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk in Boston, hosted by The Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific and medical research in the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. More than 1,000 individuals attended the event, including 65 Boston Scientific employees and their families, many of whom have been personally touched by pancreatic cancer.
Boston Scientific employees also participated in walks in Naperville, IL, Denver, CO, and Jones Beach, NY. To date, the team has raised more than $15,000 through various fundraising activities, and fundraising continues through November – Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. ENDO- 275114-AA October 2014