Corporate Philanthropy - Best Practices at Novartis AG

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Corporate Philanthropy, Corporate Citizenship, Social Responsibility
Case Length : 23 Pages
Period : 2000-06
Organization : Novartis AG, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : Switzerland
Industry : Pharmaceutical


The case discusses the corporate philanthropy initiatives of Switzerland based pharma major Novartis AG. Even before Novartis was incorporated in 1996, through the merger of Ciba Geigy and Sandoz; Ciba Geigy was actively involved in philanthropic activities and had set up a foundation in 1979, which went on to become Novartis Foundation after the merger. Novartis also adopted the UN Global Compact principles in the year 2000. Novartis and Novartis Foundation were actively involved in several philanthropic projects to help the poor in underdeveloped countries. The case discusses in detail few such projects like anti-leprosy program, initiatives to eliminate malaria and tuberculosis (TB), and programs for AIDS orphans etc.

The company also started a research institute to carryout research on tropical diseases. The institute was actively involved in finding cure for dengue fever and TB. The philanthropic activities of Novartis were extended to include poor people of the developed countries, and the company started providing its highly effective cancer drug Gleevec in the US free of cost for patients whose income was low.


Study and analyze the importance of philanthropy initiatives by organizations

Determine the rationale for corporate philanthropic activities and how to make them sustainable

Evaluate how corporates can play their part in the development of the society

Understand the principles of the UN Global Compact and its implementation by Novartis


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
About Novartis Foundation 3
Novartis Corporate Citizenship Initiative 4
Tackling Leprosy 6
Fighting Against Tuberculosis 9
Roll Back Malaria Initiative 11
AIDS Orphans 11
Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases 11
Other Innovative Initiatives 13
The Benefits and Challenges 13
Exhibits 15


Novartis AG, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Corporate Philanthropy, Social Responsibility , Sustainability Management, UN Global Compact, Access to Medicines Program, Novartis Code of Conduct, Social Marketing, Corporate Citizenship

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