The PHC Group is well aware of its societal obligations as a corporate citizen in the regions it has a presence in. We actively work to develop region-based activities that make real contributions.
ASCENSIA DIABETES CARE REACHES MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO RAISE AWARENESS ON WORLD DIABETES DAY
World Diabetes Day takes place each year on November 14 and is organized by the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness of diabetes. Each year the IDF selects a theme to highlight one particular aspect of diabetes care.
For Ascensia Diabetes Care, World Diabetes Day is a really important event, as it is a way we can demonstrate our company value ‘We are Only Diabetes’ and show our support for the global diabetes community by raising awareness with millions of people across the world.
Since the creation of Ascensia Diabetes Care in 2016, each year we have launched our own creative campaign to support the theme of World Diabetes Day.
In 2016, we highlighted the growing impact of mobile phones and connectivity in diabetes management by spelling the word diabetes using mobile phones at key landmarks across the world.
In 2017 the theme was Women and Diabetes, highlighting the fact that diabetes continues to be a critical global health issue for women. To show our support, we commissioned portraits of 30 truly inspiring women from 28 countries who have been helping to progress diabetes care. These portraits were drawn on tablet devices and shared globally with over 14 million people. See more at www.ascensia.com/wdd2017/.
Our 2018 campaign was focused on the ‘Family and Diabetes’. It used family portraits that had professionally drawn line art added to tell the inspiring stories of how families support people with diabetes. The campaign included 38 videos from 30 countries produced in 24 languages and was able to reach over 7 million people across the globe. View the videos at www.ascensia.com/wdd2018/.
In 2019, we wanted to take the family campaign one stage further and hear from people with diabetes and their families from across the world. We interviewed 24 families from 21 countries who offered an inspiring and exclusive view into the support that families provide. We reached over 4 million people and the stories can be viewed at www.ascensia.com/wdd2019/.
In total, we have reached more than 28 million people with our campaigns and we hope to continue our efforts to help the IDF raise awareness of diabetes among the general public.
ASCENSIA DIABETES CARE SUPPORTS THE SPARE A ROSE CAMPAIGN
Since 2018, Ascensia Diabetes Care has been thrilled to support the Spare A Rose campaign, which is organized by the international organization, Life for a Child (https://lfacinternational.org/sparearose/). The campaign encourages people to buy at least one less rose on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and donate the value of these flowers to help save the life of a child living with diabetes.
Life for a Child believe that no child should die of diabetes. Through the funds they raise, they are able to provide young people living with type 1 diabetes in less-resourced countries with access to life-saving insulin, blood glucose testing tools and diabetes education. They are currently supporting over 19,000 young people in 42 countries, including Rwanda, Mexico and India.
Each year Ascensia encourages employees to donate and then matches their generosity with a corporate donation. In 2018, our total donation was $11,130 and in 2019 our total donation exceeded $12,000. In these two years our support represented around 30% of all donations, making Ascensia the biggest supporter globally for two years in a row.
The money raised has specifically helped to save lives of children with diabetes through projects in Mauritania, Jamaica and Mali. For example, in Jamaica, our support has helped to fund 6,570 vials of insulin and testing kits for HbA1C and microalbuminuria for 365 kids who are part of the Life for a Child initiative on the island. Without this initiative, they would not be able to get these supplies for their diabetes management.
We are committed to supporting the phenomenal work of Life For A Child and believe this campaign can truly make a difference to the lives of children with diabetes. This initiative provides our employees with an opportunity to live our “Only Diabetes” company value and shows the world that we are a Trusted partner of the diabetes community. We hope to continue our support for this organization in the future.
PHC Associates Corporation
Regional Action Programs to Support the Disabled
PHC Associates Corporation is a special subsidiary company of PHC Holdings Corporation that employs disabled workers. As one of our regional activities that support the disabled, we hold visits and meetings to observe workplaces as well as accept trainees from special education schools, providing opportunities to experience actual jobs. We also make visits to special education schools on a regular basis to offer advice from a company’s perspective as to the educational requirements for working at companies. Career guidance meetings with teachers and students are also what we offer.
In December 2018, as a token of gratitude for our cooperation, twenty students and a teacher from “Minara Special Support Education School” as well as Toon City welfare officials came to the PHC Matsuyama Site with twenty planters of pansies grown by the students and presented to us in a special ceremony called “Smiling Flowers.” We will continue to strengthen ties with the “Minara Special Spport Education School” as well as work on activities for the surrounding regions around 3 sites in Gifu, Matsuyama (Ehime) and Wakimachi (Tokushima).
PHC Holdings Corporation
Supporting Regional Efforts Promoting Health
PHC Corporation helps promote health for communities through cooperation with local municipalities and research institutions as well as universities. We collaborate with the local government and Ehime University School of Medicine by participating in the “Toon City Creating Healthcare Workshop” of Ehime Prefecture where our Matsuyama Site is located. To publicize our regional health initiatives to other municipalities across Japan we contribute to the general population’s health through planning and promoting healthcare themes and proven projects for regional medical cooperation.
Toon City implemented initiatives From July 2018 to January 2019 to raise citizens’ and companies’ health consciousness and promote behavior changes utilizing the “WellsPort Navi” population approach system from our IT healthcare services. Toon City held a walk rally, one of the exercise programs supported by “WellsPort Navi” and publicized online that drew 141 participants from city residents and companies with offices in the city. Participant weight loss was confirmed during the event and also proved that the system raised health consciousness and improved health.
PT PHC Indonesia
Construction of School Toilet and Hand Washing Facilities
In line with the company's policy to contribute to local community development, PT PHC Indonesia periodically carries out Corporate Social Responsibility activities focusing on health improvement. One such activity that we have done is the construction of toilets and hand washing facilities at elementary schools near the PHCI site.
There are many elementary schools near the PHCI site, that have poor sanitation. The number of toilets is not equal with the number of students. Each school just has no more than 4 toilet units for 300 students or more. This condition has impact on the smoothness of the education process. Sometimes, students have to go back home just to go to a toilet. The heads of schools and teachers really hoped for support from the government or other parties to increase the number of toilets.
Besides the toilet issue, there are no hand washing facilities in each elementary school. The students have difficulties washing their hands after activities or before eating. Indirectly, this will impact the students’ health performance.
Referring to above conditions, PHCI initiated to give donation by building toilets and hand washing facilities at elementary schools that have poor sanitation. In the last fiscal year, donation was given to the elementary school ‘SDN Mekarwangi 02’ located around 2 km from PHCI. Ground breaking was held on February 2, 2018, attended by Mr. Miyazaki (PHC Director).
PT PHC Indonesia
Supporting Local Health Organization
In line with the company's policy to contribute to local community development, PT PHC Indonesia periodically carries out Corporate Social Responsibility activities focusing on health improvement. This is the third fiscal year of our CSR implementation, and we have already completed several activities. One of them is supporting local health organization activities by donating healthy meals for babies and toddlers periodically and holding health seminars.
There is an Indonesian government direction that every village should have an organization that has the function to maintain and improve the health of pregnant mothers, babies and toddlers. This organization is called Posyandu. The main activity of this organization is monitoring baby/toddler development including their health, giving vitamin/food supplement, immunization program and education. The government health agency has the responsibility to control and manage those activities.
Realizing that this organization is very important for developing the next generation, PHCI initiates to support the organization’s activities by donating “health meals” (such as milk, biscuits) for babies/toddlers and holding health seminars periodically. Donation of health meals is done every month for 50 children, whereas for health seminars, the last one was held on January 7, 2019 in collaboration with the doctor from Omni Hospital.
PHC Europe B.V.
Belaya Rosa Foundation
PHCEU supports the Belaya Rosa Foundation — a charitable organization based in Russia — as part of our commitment to reach out to the wider global community through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Belaya Rosa Foundation was established in 2008 with the help of PHCEU and it aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Stavropol, a city in southern Russia. The Foundation now provides educational and leisure activities for more than 350 children from 100 disadvantaged families.
Staff at PHCEU wanted to help when they heard about this situation for children in the city of Stavropol through a colleague who knew volunteers that worked with children. Financial support from PHCEU enabled organizing a new charity in 2008 that focused on providing direct support to the disadvantaged children of Stavropol — The Belaya Rosa Foundation.
Today, the Foundation provides support to more than 350 disadvantaged children in Stavropol. Ongoing support from PHCEU is used as directly as possible to make a difference in the lives of the children.
PHC Europe B.V.
Wheelchair Tennis Player
Marjolein Buis in action
Marjolein Buis is a successful Dutch professional wheelchair tennis player. At the age of 14 she was diagnosed with a connective tissue disease called the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in which the ligaments and tendons that hold joints together are too weak. With dedication, she threw herself into wheelchair tennis and soon became a champion. Her sporting highlights are her individual win of the Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros in 2016, and the gold medal in the doubles at the Paralympic Games in London. Her focus is now on the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020, where she wants to win that coveted medal for single games. PHCEU helps her to realize her dream as one of her sponsors.