PPD in the Community
Embracing the responsibilities of corporate citizenship in the communities where its offices are located, PPD is committed to promoting employee involvement and community partnerships. Employees in North America exemplify how to be good stewards to their community with a long-standing history of generous support.
Employee volunteer reward and recognition program supports diverse employee volunteer interests
Volunteerism is an important component of corporate responsibility and good citizenship at PPD. Understanding that donating time and effort makes a big impact on the community, PPD offers individual grants to nonprofit organizations when employees donate 50 or more hours of service throughout the year. A PPD employee in Wilmington, N.C., Kim Rode, volunteers with Kids Making It, a Wilmington, N.C., organization that focuses on woodworking mentoring programs for at-risk youth to build character and the entrepreneurial spirit. Employees throughout North America are able to gain support for their diverse interests through this program.
North Carolina offices support record-breaking food drive
Employees in the Morrisville, N.C., and Wilmington, N.C., offices recently joined forces to participate in a food drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The drive was organized by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and resulted in nearly 560,000 pounds of food collected—enough to set a new world record for the largest 24-hour food drive, according to Guinness World Records™.
The North Carolina offices plan to continue their support of the Food Bank, which serves nonprofit organizations and aid programs in 34 counties throughout central and eastern North Carolina. Although impressive, the record-setting amount of food collected fulfills only one week’s worth of demand for the organization.
San Diego employees participate in AIDS walk and run
More than 20 PPD employees, family and friends joined forces to money for this year's AIDS Walk & Run in San Diego, Calif.
Participating in the event was no small feat for our group of fundraisers and walkers, as the walk occurred on one of the hottest mornings on record for the county. With perseverance, everyone crossed the finish line with a smile and a great sense of accomplishment for such a worthy cause.
Funds from the event are combined with donations from other philanthropists and foundations to qualify for matching funds. Since 1989, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego has raised more than $8 million. In partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, $485,000 was distributed last year to 20 community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations in the county.
Employees in Highland Heights, Ky., support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through team donations
PPD employees raised money to assist the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and its mission to fund vital research to develop a cure for Type I diabetes. The Highland Heights, Ky., office participated in its first JDRF 5k walk, resulting in 90 employee participants in the event.
Austin, Texas, office partners with local school
Through a local adopt-a-school program, employees in Austin, Texas, partner with a local school to provide funding and resources to meet necessary needs. Employees conduct a dress down day for education and sponsor the school by collecting “Box Tops for Education,” which the school redeems for cash. The program is also supported through corporate charitable giving.
Learn more about PPD’s corporate responsibility efforts around the globe.