Grifols strives to reinforce its ties in the communities where it operates through both company-led activities and donations, with particular attention to the educational sector. The company also shares its expertise and reinforces community relations through its collaboration with Probitas Foundation and Aigües de Vilajuïga.
Grifols strives to ensure access to education and equal opportunities for young people by generating shared value and bringing students closer to the scientific world to spur interest in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Grifols collaborates with Los Angeles-area universities to boost the education and development of its talent pool, while creating employment opportunities for local residents. More than 100 people have earned degrees or are working towards one at California State University (Los Angeles), and more than 150 have been hired through this collaboration agreement.
In North Carolina, Grifols actively participates in the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center and the Johnston County Workforce Development Center. The company works closely with Johnston Community College to help students interested in pursuing careers in the biopharmaceutical field.
These collaborations include donations for activities designed to elevate the access and quality of education, including alliances with local schools and organizations with a science-oriented mission where Grifols can contribute its knowledge and expertise. The following table highlights these partnerships:
Discover the Plasma, a collaboration among Grifols, Johnston Community College and Johnston County (North Carolina) public schools to develop a module for middle-school students that forms part of the science curriculum.
Summer internships: Grifols’ personnel collaborate with California State University in Los Angeles to organize summer internships for high-school students in Grifols’ laboratories.
Internships in Grifols’ facilities: a joint collaboration with Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Factory tours and employee meetings in Los Angeles with medical or healthcare students.
In 2019, entry as a member of the advisory board of the Employment and Training Council of the Professional Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia to promote talent in the industrial sector.
Factory tours: In 2019, a total of 832 students from 40 educational centers visited Grifols’ facilities in Barcelona (Parets del Vallès and Sant Cugat del Vallès) and Murcia.
Employment orientation sessions for students.
Collaboration with the Deutschlandstipendium program, with three scholarships for outstanding students.
Grifols’ Community Relations Grant Committees in Los Angeles, Emeryville and Clayton ensure that all of the company’s non-healthcare-related donations and in-kind services are coordinated and aligned with our corporate mission and social responsibility framework. This support is generally for civic, social and educational programs that strengthen Grifols’ bond with the local communities and address their concrete needs. Grifols considers the following criteria to determine eligibility for its charitable donations:
In 2019, Grifols examined opportunities in which the company could make the greatest impact. Based on this analysis, the Grifols Community Relations Grant Committees dispersed over USD 200,000 to our local communities. Some of these initiatives include:
Created in 2008, the Probitas Foundation leverages Grifols’ vast expertise in the global healthcare sector to improve medical care in areas with limited resources. Grifols shareholders approved an annual allocation of 0.7% of corporate profits before taxes to support this private foundation.
The foundation combines in-house programs – such as the Global Laboratory Initiative and the Child Nutrition Support Programme – with external collaborations, including entities with experience in the social and healthcare sectors, international NGOs (Red Cross, Save the Children, AMREF Health Africa, etc.) and United Nations agencies such as UNICEF, ACNUR, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the World Food Programme, among others.
Through its local programs, during 2019 the Foundation has promoted the healthy development of the most vulnerable children and youth in their physical, psychical and emotional well-being, offering comprehensive support with nutritional, socio-educational, psychosocial and health resources for those children at social risk. It has been working with schools, local authorities and social organizations to offer children and youth the option of having a healthy meal a day together with socio-educational activities and free time in a safe space. The healthy habits, nutrition, physical activity, hygiene, rest and emotional well-being, have been implemented in all programs.
The Foundation has also collaborated with research centers, hospitals, foundations and other partners in the mental health field, supporting services not included in the public health system, to reinforce awareness about the reality of kids affected by mental disorders and to encourage good practices to reduce stigma, improve early detection and social inclusion.
Probitas international health programs aim to improve access to health for the most vulnerable populations living in remote regions of the globe with scarce resources. In 2019, the the Foundation endorsed sustainable health projects and it did not limit itself to the role of a funding entity, but coordinated, guided, and trained the local partners so that they could become self-sufficient in the near future.
Probitas Foundation has once again reiterated its support for the WHO’s core principles of primary healthcare: universal access to care and coverage on the basis of need; commitment to health equity as part of development oriented to social justice and community participation in defining and implementing health agendas and intersectoral approaches to health.
CHILD NUTRITION SUPPORT
Aim: to improve the health & nutrition of children at risk
3.8 million meals
SIT, HEALTH, INNOVATION & THERAPIES
Aim: improving the health of children and their families who are not covered by their national health system
ICP, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROGRAM
Aim: to support projects developed by international aid organizations working in the health sector
2.9 million people
GLI, global laboratory INITIATIVE
Aim: strenghthening the capacities of clinical diagnostic laboratories in different regions of the world
1.7 million people
(*) This amount is related to allocation of 0.7% of Grifols’ corporate profits before taxes
In 2014, Liberia was among the West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. That same year, Grifols launched its Ebola Project, a non-profit initiative to produce anti-Ebola immunoglobulin to treat affected populations. To reach this objective, the company worked jointly with the Probitas Foundation on two main fronts. First, it designed and installed a first-of-its-kind modular plasma donation cente r in Monrovia to collect plasma from Ebola survivors. At the same time, it constructed a dedicated processing facility at its Clayton manufacturing complex to purify the collected plasma and produce anti-Ebola immunoglobulin.
More than 40 Grifols employees and Probitas Foundation (Grifols’ philanthropic organization) professionals traveled to Liberia to volunteer in the plasma-collection process. In August of 2016, the first units of plasma from Ebola survivors were collected in Monrovia, and at the end of 2018, Grifols began processing the first batch of plasma with antibodies. At present, the first anti-Ebola immunoglobulins are ready for transfer to the Liberian government. In 2019, Grifols also continued its efforts to consolidate the project and built and installed two additional modules in Monrovia, one as a climate-controlled storage unit for raw materials and another unit to freeze the collected plasma.
Grifols fully financed the project, with the collaboration of Probitas Foundation during the project-launch stage and with the ongoing support of the Liberian government, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and several NGOs, both local (Afromedical) and international (Save the Children).
As part of this philanthropic initiative, Grifols will finance clinical research and, by mutual agreement with the government of Liberia, will deploy the anti-Ebola immunoglobulin to other Ebola outbreak areas. In addition to promoting scientific research, the project also addresses the social aspect of Ebola through an innovative Probitas program in Liberia to help the communities most affected by the epidemic and combat the stigma surrounding the disease.
Since 2014, the company has donated more than USD 10 million to address the threat posed by Ebola to global health.
Aigües de Vilajuïga is a century-old firm with one of Spain’s two natural water springs. Grifols ensured the continuity of the business, which was on the verge of closing its doors. In 2019, the company celebrated the inauguration of new manufacturing facilities as well as its market launch. Grifols’ commitment has brought new momentum to the project, which has a significant impact on the region’s social fabric.
The company traces its roots to the small village of Vilajuïga, where a modest well was said to supply water with exceptional properties. On July 15, 1904, Aigües de Vilajuïga was declared a mineral water fit for medicinal purposes. Its popularity soon grew and it became a reference for renowned personalities such as author Josep Pla, artist Salvador Dalí and celebrity chef Ferran Adrià.
When Víctor Grífols Deu heard that Aigües de Vilajuïga was going to cease operations after 114 years of history, his family ties and emotional connection to the region compelled him to do everything possible to make sure the people of Vilajuïga and enthusiasts of this unique carbonated water could continue to enjoy it.