Plasma donors play a pivotal role in the plasma industry. There is no such thing as synthetic or lab-created plasma, which is why donors are so critical in the production of life-saving plasma-derived medicines. Grifols recognizes the generosity of plasma donors and compensates those based in the U.S. and Germany for their time and commitment to making regular plasma donations.

Hundreds of donations are needed to produce enough plasma-derived medicine to treat one patient for one year.

  • Respect for the dignity and inherent rights of donors is an indispensable obligation for Grifols, which endorses, upholds and supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Helsinki Declaration (1964) and UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005).
  • Grifols does not discriminate donors based on their gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, although it only uses plasma from qualified donors to produce its plasma-derived medicines.
  • Grifols compensates donors for their time and commitment to the donation process, which includes undergoing a complete health screening at each donation. Compensation serves as an incentive and fosters altruism. Thanks to its donor compensation policy, Grifols is able to sustainably collect enough plasma to meet the growing demand for these essential life-saving medicines.
  • Grifols’ compensation policy applies equally to all donors. No distinction is made in terms of the volume of plasma collected or donors’ weight, although they must weigh at least 50 kg.
  • Plasma donors in the U.S. also have the option of contributing all or part of their compensation to support a variety of charitable organizations through the Grifols Plasma Possibilities program. Initiated in 2017, this program offers donors the chance to “give back twice” if they so desire. Since its launch, Plasma Possibilities has helped raise over USD 45,000 for more than 30 U.S. non-profit charity organizations. Additionally, in 2019, the most successful Plasma Possibilities campaign attracted over 7,000 plasma donors, who contributed part of their compensation to raise over USD 18,000 - out of the total USD 33,000 for the year - for the United Services Organization (USO), an initiative that helps keep deployed U.S. military personnel connected to home during their service.
  • Grifols plasma donor centers create value for the community by generating employment and boosting the local economy including tax contributions, employee payroll and donor compensation. For more information on the socioeconomic impact of Grifols’ plasma centers, see the chapter titled “About Grifols.” 


Social Outreach Programs in Communities Where Grifols Plasma Centers Are Located

Grifols’ staunch commitment to donors extends to the communities where its plasma centers are located. The company organizes and supports, through donations and volunteer activities, a number on events and projects that nurture its ties with local community. In 2019, the number of projects increased by 25% and more than 3,400 were implemented, with a tangible impact on the areas where Grifols operates. Additionally, more than 2,400 employees from Grifols’ centers volunteered their time to take part in food drives, awareness initiatives, school-support programs and fundraising campaigns for non-profit organizations. Some of the highlights of 2019 were:

  • Collection of more than 125 tons of food through Grifols’ plasma donation centers in collaboration with local food banks to address food scarcity in donor communities. According to Feeding America, these donations provided 211,000 meals for 50,000 families.
  • Donation of more than USD 44,000 in school supplies for 150 students, which almost triples the rates of 2018.
  • Participation in over 470 awareness campaigns on the critical importance of plasma and plasma donations, including several open house days throughout the U.S.
  • Donation of more than USD 330,000 to 700 U.S. non-profit organizations.

Social Outreach Through the José Antonio Grífols Lucas Foundation 

The José Antonio Grífols Lucas Foundation was established in honor of Dr. Josep Antoni Grífols i Lucas, a global forerunner in the plasmapheresis technique. Created in 2008, the Foundation supports educational and health programs to improve the welfare of the communities and social environments where Grifols’ U.S. plasma centers are based. In addition, the objectives of the foundation support the research of the plasmapheresis technique and the identification of new potential applications.