Supporting our communities
We believe we have a role to play in helping the communities in which we live and work. This takes the form of sharing our skills, providing opportunities, and promoting health and wellbeing.
Global volunteering activities
Since 2001, we have had a Group-wide sponsored Annual Volunteering Day to promote community service among employees and give back to our communities. The events, which allow employees to ‘donate’ a day’s work in service to the community, took place around the world over the course of a week in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Portugal, Germany, Italy and the US. In total, 300 employees participated in the 2016 volunteering activities in collaboration with different NGOs across the globe.
Activities included a clothing drive in Amman for those in need; a cleanup of the Al-Zara area near the Dead Sea, organised in co-operation with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN); collecting children’s shoes in the US for orphans; collecting non-perishable food items for Emergency Assistance Centres in Ohio; raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Unforgotten Haven, a charitable organisation supporting the homeless; running a blood drive to benefit the Lisbon Bone Marrow Centre in Portugal; and in Egypt, organising a blanket distribution campaign for “Giza” villages outside Cairo.
Improving health and wellbeing
Promoting healthy lifestyles
In 2016, we renewed our agreement with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) to support two of its projects which aim to enhance the school life of students across Jordan: The “Healthy Kitchen Project”, which supports the delivery of healthy meals for school children; and the “Generations Project”, an anti-drug and tobacco initiative for school children.
As part of RHAS’ Healthy Kitchen Project, several of our employees volunteered to distribute meals to students at one of our sponsored schools. This is a continuation of a project that was launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the World Food Program, to provide healthy and nutritious meals to school students. The project seeks to raise health and nutrition awareness and promote healthier eating patterns by disseminating comprehensive nutrition information and educational resources within school communities.
We are also now sponsoring a new RHAS project launched in 2016 designed to protect young people in Jordan from drug and tobacco addiction. The project focuses on providing relevant social and life skills through training programmes, and focuses on enabling children and young people to become more resilient and dissuade them from peer pressure. The programme is adapted for middle and high schoolers and implemented through the Ministry of Education in addition to youth centres and local NGOs.
Local blood drives & heart health
We conducted our annual “You Are Hikma” campaign in 2016, a week-long initiative to provide assistance to our local communities. The campaign activities included a blood donation drive to aid the National Blood Bank of Jordan, whom Hikma has partnered with for over a decade. In our US locations, we united with the Central Jersey Blood Centre, for our semi-annual “Have a Heart” blood drive held around Valentine’s Day in February. The team also partnered with the American Heart Association for the “Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Month”, where more than 150 colleagues fundraised for the entire month of February to support community education programmes for women’s heart health.
Charitable community engagement
Our Eatontown site in New Jersey received a special thank you message from Monmouth, New Jersey’s Family and Children Service’s centre, for their generous donations in “Operation Sleighbells”, an annual event, which distributes gifts of new coats, hats, gloves, toys, books, gift cards and infant necessities to local children in need. More than 500 employees ‘adopted’ five families and donated toys and gifts for 125 children. They also raised more than $5,000 to purchase coats, hats and gloves for children in need in the area.