Sanofi Drives Diversity While Donating $100,000 to Critical New Jersey Non-Profit Organizations

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:35pm

CAMPAIGN: Sanofi Foundation for North America

CONTENT: Press Release

Bridgewater, NJ, October 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Tonight during the inaugural Sanofi in Our Communities, Celebrating Diversity (SOCCD) event, The Sanofi Foundation for North America donated $100,000 to non-profit organizations serving New Jersey communities. The event highlighted the immense diversity and talents within Sanofi’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and recognized the value of this diversity.  Sanofi is an integrated global healthcare leader that discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs.

SOCCD, scheduled during National Diversity Awareness Month, was led by Sanofi North America Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Sanofi Foundation of North America. The Foundation allotted each of the ERGs a total of $10,000 to fund up-to-two non-profits. In addition, the event hopes to raise awareness of the selected organizations and their altruistic endeavors. Selections were made based on the various initiatives and demographics that each respective ERG supports, ultimately contributing towards a vast range of organizations and people in local communities.

“Tonight’s Sanofi in Our Communities, Celebrating Diversity event is a watermark achievement for the Foundation, North America CSR, Sanofi’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and all of the participating organizations,” said John Spinnato, president, Sanofi Foundation for North America, and vice president, North American CSR. “It is inspiring to see our very ideals in CSR come to life here tonight. Through the diversity of our very own colleagues, we’re continuing to make strides in forging meaningful relationships with leaders of our local communities, positively impacting where our employees work and live.”

Sanofi’s ERGs tap into the richness of the company’s diversity and offer employees a forum in which to exchange ideas, network and gain exposure to different aspects of the organization. While company-supported and executive-sponsored, these employee-managed, wholly inclusive groups bring value to employees and the company. Ultimately, they serve as incubators for employees to enhance their career development and support and nurture their personal and professional growth.

Representatives from each of the ERGs, non-profit recipient organizations, the North America CSR team, Diversity & Inclusion Council and Sanofi leadership congregated at tonight’s SOCCD reception at Sanofi Headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Checks were issued to representatives of each of the selected non-profits. In addition to the funding, non-profits also received a variety of crafts and other items made by Sanofi employees as part of Sanofi’s global Season of Solidarity CSR initiative. The items will be donated to clients supported by the winning non-profits.

Sanofi’s ERGs reflect the diverse employee population, with groups including PRIDEConnect, Cancer Connect, DiabetesConnect, ParentsConnect, Women Inspiring Sanofi Excellence (WISE), Alliance for DiVersificAtion, iNClusion and Enrichment (ADVANCE), V.E.T.S., Millennials Influencing Learning & Leadership (MILL) and CareGIVE. Please see below for additional insights about the ERGs and the non-profits they supported.

Funding awarded at this year’s event will aid the following non-profit organizations in New Jersey:

Sanofi Employee Resource Group

Non-Profit Recipient

PRIDE Connect envisions a positive and inclusive environment for all Sanofi employees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, through education, networking and workplace collaboration.

Garden State Equality Education Fund teaches and affirms students in a New Jersey program that focuses on creating safe environments for LGBT youth in schools.

PRIDE Connect envisions a positive and inclusive environment for all Sanofi employees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, through education, networking and workplace collaboration.

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation – General operating support for Project Live Out Loud (LOL), an AIDS prevention program.

 

CancerConnect – Sanofi has a variety of resources that can help employees cope with cancer and make informed decisions for themselves and loved ones. CancerConnect utilizes resources including knowledgeable colleagues, relationships with advocacy and community groups, and a helpful information and support system.

 

American Cancer Society – Patient Navigator Program that provides information and support to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome barriers through all phases of the cancer experience.

 

DiabetesConnect – DiabetesConnect is for employees who have been diagnosed with diabetes, care for someone with diabetes or just want to learn more. DiabetesConnect builds a network providing resources needed to answer questions, offer support, and work together to be a better informed community. As a company strongly committed to the well-being of our employees, Sanofi US has countless resources that can help anyone affected by diabetes.

 

Camp Nejeda – Our funding helped provided an additional summer camp session for diabetic youth campers who were waitlisted during the 2015 camp season.

 

ParentsConnect – ParentsConnect is for working parents and guardians to provide a support network and resources at any stage of parenting, including a focus on parents of children with special needs.

 

Dierdre’s House – Individual and family clinical counseling program that provides individual, group and family counseling to child victims, non-offending caregiver (NOC’s), and survivors of abuse.

 

Women Inspiring Sanofi Excellence (WISE) – WISE develops leaders and furthers their advancement and impact through opportunities focused on skill development and techniques for personal and professional growth. Sanofi gains from the diversity of thought, agility, and leadership that WISE fosters through its commitment to continuous learning, growth and development through the organization.

 

Resource Center of Somerset – Transitional Housing Program for victims of domestic abuse who could benefit from further assistance as they transition into an independent, violence-free environment.

 

Women Inspiring Sanofi Excellence (WISE) – WISE develops leaders and furthers their advancement and impact through opportunities focused on skill development and techniques for personal and professional growth. Sanofi gains from the diversity of thought, agility, and leadership that WISE fosters through its commitment to continuous learning, growth and development through the organization.

 

Dress for Success – The Foundations of Success Workshops provide opportunities for women to develop professional and personal effectiveness through exercises designed to address foundational, internal barriers.

ADVANCE – ADVANCE (Alliance for DiVersificAtion, iNClusion and Enrichment) is aimed at celebrating and enhancing employee diversity throughout all levels of the organization while bringing Sanofi closer to our diverse customer base and increasing our understanding of diverse communities, patients and healthcare providers.

 

National Black MBA Association, New Jersey Chapter – Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) Program that provides mentorship and educational workshops to high school students.

 

V.E.T.S. – V.E.T.S. provides a network of resources and support for veterans and members of military families, as well as guidance and insight on our recruitment practices for veterans.

 

Rutgers University Foundation – Vets4Warriors call center support program offered to all Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard Service Members, Veterans and their families.

 

MILL – MILL, which stands for Millennials Influencing Learning & Leadership, aims to grow a network of new talent within the Sanofi community, as well as to raise awareness and bring to light the value that generational differences play within the workplace.

 

New Jersey Seeds – College Scholars Program focused on providing top students from low-income families with educational opportunities at the collegiate level.

 

CareGIVE – CareGIVE provides information, ideas and a comprehensive support system for employees who are caregivers or actively support someone who is a caregiver. This ERG works through a wide range of challenges in providing suitable care for loved ones including aging populations, physical disabilities and mental health caregiving.

 

Good Grief – The Whole Child Initiative advocates for the whole child by offering workshops in the child’s community, advocates for the parents with their employer/colleagues and raises awareness throughout the family’s social ecology by communicating a family’s needs through family advocates.

 

About Sanofi
Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Sanofi is the holding company of a consolidated group of subsidiaries and operates in the United States as Sanofi US. For more information on Sanofi US, please visit http://www.sanofi.us and http://www.news.sanofi.us/social-media or call 1-800-981-2491.

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CAMPAIGN: Sanofi Foundation for North America

CONTENT: Press Release

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