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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.

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Employee Giving

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 2006 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.

In 2011, over 150 employees volunteered 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.