Since 2014, Daiichi Sankyo Europe supports “Kleine Herzen” (“Little Hearts”) on a pan-European level. This charity is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children without parents or of children whose parents are not able to care for them. It aims to enable them to continue living in their native countries in Eastern Europe in healthy and socially stable conditions (www.kleineherzen.org).
In a Europe-wide initiative, which has “Make your heart feel good” as its motto, all employees, both in the headquarters and in the affiliates, are asked to get their blood pressure measured and donate to “Little Hearts”. Thus, Daiichi Sankyo Europe raises awareness of the importance of knowing one’s blood pressure to prevent diseases such as strokes, myocardial infarctions or atrial fibrillation. All the people, who participate and donate, are doing something to protect their “Big Heart” and help the “Little Hearts” at the same time.
At the end of this initiative, Daiichi Sankyo Europe doubles the donations, which will support the transformation and reorganization of the Russian Vorontsovo orphanage into family homes.
Daiichi Sankyo Europe also supports numerous projects outside Europe: The European headquarters supports a Thai village (Baan Gerda) for orphaned children infected with HIV. The Italian affiliate of Daiichi Sankyo teamed up with the Rome-based Project Marco to provide healthcare support as well as nutrition and education to people in Malawi and Cameroon. Through the French organisation TULIPE, people in crisis areas or victims of natural disasters quickly receive basic medical support. Moreover, Daiichi Sankyo France is one of the sponsors of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfant du Monde, an association organising surgery for children with heart defects.
Company employees benefit from Daiichi Sankyo's respectful working environment, which actively promotes a healthy balance between work and private life. Employees have available such benefits as attractive pension schemes and flexible working-time models including long-term compensation time accounts.
Moreover, Daiichi Sankyo has implemented a structured personal development programme, which contains a variety of personnel and professional training elements, for all staff in Europe. A variety of cultural and sports activities round out the company's offerings to employees.