More than 200 Lek and Novartis associates in Slovenia dedicated their working time today to helping others

  • Novartis organises an annual volunteer event to commemorate the creation of Novartis in 1996 and hundreds of charities in 55 countries benefit from it
  • More than 200 Lek employees and more than 20,000 Novartis associates worldwide today engaged in voluntary activities in their community
  • With this initiative, Novartis wishes to stress its commitment to the principle of social responsibility.
5. 5. 2010

The pharmaceutical company Lek has for the sixth year running organised a Community Partnership Day. Lek employees joined thousands of Novartis associates who will engage in volunteer activities to benefit people in their local communities in celebration of the company’s Community Partnership Day. This year marks the 14th Community Partnership Day, commemorating the 1996 creation of Novartis as a global leader in healthcare solutions. About 14,500 associates worldwide joined in the event in 2009, aiding a wide range of charitable causes.

“Community Partnership Day is a day when the employees who decide to take part dedicate the time they would otherwise spend at work to visiting and helping individuals and various organisations in the community in which they work. Every time we organise a Community Partnership Day it becomes apparent how many people in need of help value the precious time and effort offered by the volunteers at least as much as financial assistance. This is why we took great pleasure in participating again this year and helped everyone we visited.” said Katarina Klemenc Dinjaški, Head of Corporate Communications.

This year, over 200 Lek employees, together with associates from Novartis Pharma Slovenia, organised various activities. Volunteers are from all over the company, including the Management Board. They spent a day in Zbilje with the members of the Barka Association for people with mental disabilities and together with them cooked lunch and planted some flowers in the garden. Together with the members of the organisation Korak Trauma Rehabilitation Institute, aimed at people who have suffered brain injury, our associates volunteered to clean and tidy up the local surroundings. Some of our employees visited homes for the elderly in Prevalje, Mengeš and Ljubljana Vič – Rudnik (the Bokalce unit) and staged a special entertainment event, while others visited the oldest inhabitant of Prevalje and made her very happy by doing some household chores for her and cooking her lunch. Furthermore, some employees took the members of the society for mental health Šent Kočevje on a trip to Kranjska Gora. The special needs children at the Roje primary school will be taken on a day trip to the ,a href=“”>Ljubljana Zoo. In Lendava, our volunteers, together with the Lendava bilingual primary school, organised a special theme day on the subject of water. At the Department of Ophthalmology in Ljubljana, volunteers planted some shrubs as part of the environment protection Ringaraja project on the theme of “eco family”. We also remembered Lek’s pensioners and organised an internet course for them. Employees from all Lek’s locations around Slovenia donated blood.

This is the 14th Community Partnership Day organised by Novartis and during this time this initiative has become an important factor in the fulfilment of the company’s social responsibility. In Lek, this event has also become one of the most important activities related to social responsibility as it encourages employees to participate in voluntary work. The initiative directly involves the employees who donate their time and effort in order to improve the life of people in their community. This enriches both the volunteers and those who receive help.

  • More than 4,500 associates across Switzerland joined in 220 volunteer projects. In the Basel headquarters area, 3,825 associates are serving in more than 200 projects, such as assisting disabled children for excursions, restoring old houses in an Ecomusée in France, supporting the Trinational Environmental Center, creating improvements in the old St. Johann railway station in Basel, and working in nature conservation projects. Elsewhere, Novartis associates raised money for a medical charity in Nyon, took elderly people on a boat tour of Lake Geneva, assisted a children’s trip to the Bellinzona castles, and cleaned up and beautified public facilities in Locarno.
  • Some 350 associates in Japan worked with the Guide Dog Society for people with disabilities, spruced up a residence for families of children being treated in hospitals, cleaned parks and streets, assisted with a Novartis-sponsored orchestra concert, and raised funds for polio vaccines for children in developing countries.
  • Around 300 Novartis associates in Turkey collected clothes, books and toys for children in need; donated blood through the Red Crescent; donated needed medicines to a children’s hospital in Ankara; and engaged with families of children with leukemia.
  • Some 150 Novartis Egypt associates are engaging with children and the elderly. In schools, associates help students with handiwork, art projects and sports competitions. Associates donated much-needed supplies and equipment to orphanages for the disabled and shared in the children’s activities. Visiting geriatric centers, associates focused on providing companionship for the residents.
  • In Bangladesh more than 80 associates have organised an all-day activity for spinal-injury patients in a rehabilitation center, as well as a school for impoverished children. Patients and children joined in arts activities, as well as wheelchair sports.
  • Novartis associates in Slovakia delivered clothes, toys and books – as well as fruit and sweets – to children in a foster home in Bratislava and spent a day working on improvements to the building and grounds.
  • In Saudi Arabia associates donated blood for young cancer patients at King Faisal Specialist Hospital.
  • Ninety Novartis associates in Argentina will organize fun activities for children, disabled people and the elderly in several centers, and contribute the needed supplies.
  • About 200 associates in Austria will provide fun, educational field trips for children and disabled persons from orphanages and schools; deliver coffee and cakes, with an afternoon of music and dance, for residents of three homes for the elderly; and replant areas damaged by storms or avalanches.
  • In the West Indies, Novartis associates will take children on a field trip to the zoo in Curacao, assemble a playground in Jamaica, and organise sports and a party for Special Olympics participants in the Bahamas.
  • Associates in Morocco will paint, garden and make other improvements in a social center for elderly and homeless people.
Community Partnership Day has grown steadily as a way for Novartis associates worldwide to give back to our communities. Associates in each country choose volunteer activities according to local needs – whether medical, environmental, social or material. The number of associates participating includes those employees taking part in initiatives such as “green month” in China – an effort to reduce carbon footprint by encouraging associates to recycle, use public transportation and more.

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Lek, a Sandoz company, is one of the pillars of leading world generics company Sandoz. It operates as a global development center for products and technologies, as a global manufacturing center for active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines, as a competence center for the development of vertically integrated products, as a Sandoz competence center in the field of development and manufacturing of biosimilar products and as a supply center for the markets of CEE, SEE and CIS, sales Slovenia and sales services for Sandoz global markets. For further information please visit

Sandoz, a Division of the Novartis group, is a global leader in the field of generic pharmaceuticals, offering a wide array of high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by patents. Sandoz has a portfolio of approximately 1000 compounds and sells its products in more than 130 countries. Key product groups include antibiotics, treatments for central nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal medicines, cardiovascular treatments and hormone therapies. Sandoz develops, produces and markets these medicines along with pharmaceutical and biotechnological active substances and anti-infectives. In addition to strong organic growth in recent years, Sandoz has made a series of acquisitions including Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany) and Eon Labs (US). In 2009, Sandoz employed around 23,000 people worldwide and posted sales of USD 7.5 billion. For further information please visit

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This press release contains statements and conclusions based on projections of Lek’s future business operations. These estimates are derived from the best information currently available. In case these forecasts prove unreliable, the actual results could prove different from those projected.

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For further information contact:

Katarina Klemenc Dinjaški

Corporate Communications

Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d.

Phone: + 386 1 580 22 43

Fax: + 386 1 580 24 32