Building Relationships in Our Communities
We see ourselves making a positive impact in our communities. We work with local governments and community organizations to make our vision a reality.
It's important for us to build trustworthy and sustainable relationships with institutions and individuals in the communities that surround us. Genentech provides charitable contributions in support of local organizations and events, supports group employee volunteer activities, and creates our own programs to meet the unique needs of our communities.
Volunteering & Events
Our employees actively support the community through volunteer work. Each year, Genentech supports several targeted group volunteer activities in support of various health causes and provides material and financial support.
- Oceanside Volunteer Day
On October 13, 2010, Genentech's Oceanside location hosted their 3rd annual Volunteer Day. Genentech Oceanside partnered with several community-based organizations and employees completed projects to ensure that the company plays a positive role in the communities in which we live and operate. There was a diverse set of projects to choose from that allowed employees to leverage their time and expertise to make a meaningful impact.
GENE Academy Tutoring Program
Genentech launched the GENE Academy in 2008 to provide tutoring and support to elementary school children from the South San Francisco Unified School District. This year GENE Academy will be tutoring more than 100 students.
Strike Out Cancer 2012
During the 2012 baseball season, Genentech participated in the ninth annual Strike Out Cancer program in partnership with the San Francisco Giants and The Wellness Community. Since its opening season in 2004, Strike Out Cancer has raised more than $700,000 to help support people with cancer and their loved ones.
Strike Out Cancer is a national education and empowerment program encouraging people affected by cancer to seek out information about new treatments, support networks and educational resources. Strike Out Cancer is dedicated to providing patients and their loved ones with resources to ensure they can build the team support they need to manage their disease.
Bike for Breath
Every year, Genentech employees participate in Bike for Breath, a one-day bike ride through San Mateo County.
Bike to Work Day
Genentech hosts an annual Bike to Work Day. An event held every May in conjunction with National Bike Month, Bike to Work Day encourages bicycle commuting with organized rides, energizer stations, tricycle races, prizes and an outdoor BBQ.
Genentech employees participate in a tricycle race as part of Bike to Work Day celebrations at our South San Francisco location.
Genentech employees gather outside to celebrate Bike to Work Day at our South San Francisco location.
Block Out Cancer Program
On April 12, 2010, there was a center court celebration that marked the end of a successful first year of the Block Out Cancer program. Modeled after the Strike Out Cancer program, Genentech partnered with the Trail Blazers to make a donation to the Portland-based Children's Cancer Association (CCA) for every blocked shot during the 2009/2010 season. Genentech also donated 100 tickets to allow some of the children and families CCA serves to attend the game.
Former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey plays basketball with children from CCA.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
In April 2010, Genentech hosted its 18th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a day during which children of all ages are invited to campus to spend the day in their mom or dad's workplace. This year the day included science demos and a "mad scientist" stage show to spark interest in the field of biotechnology.
The daughter of a Genentech employee participates in an experiment with Oceanside Manufacturing Technician Sarah Holdridge on Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Since inception in 1998, Genentech has matched over $1.5 million in contributions to nonprofit organizations personally supported by employees.
Our employees also provide financial help to nonprofit organizations that are meeting important community needs ranging from education to social services. Donations are matched by the company dollar for dollar up to $500 per employee.
Following are some nonprofit organizations that have received support from Genentech employees:
- American Diabetes Association
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Employees & the Environment
Promoting green practices is a goal our employees have always embraced.
Membership of Green Genes, our largest employee club, has increased each year since 2004 when it was established, indicating the growing interest and awareness of Genentech employees about environmental sustainability at our company.
Green Genes partners with senior leadership through our Sustainability Council to help create environmentally friendly policies and practices, hosts events such as beach clean-ups and eco-fairs, and supports the implementation of a wide range of environmentally-related projects at Genentech sites.
While over 2000 employees are Green Genes members, 300 of them have also signed up over the past 2 years to act as "Green Guides," serving as a resource to colleagues who wish to find out more about our sustainability programs and our Green Genes team. Flags outside the Green Guides' offices identify them as employees who have been trained and are willing to answer sustainability questions, such as how to recycle various items, or how to print double-sided.
Grants & Sponsorships
Genentech's corporate giving program involves financial support, in-kind gifts and employee involvement and volunteerism in support of causes that are of the greatest concern to our local communities. We believe in developing and maintaining strong relationships with our local civic organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.