April 23, 2014
In 2011 Sanofi Group acquired two businesses, Genzyme and Merial. In the same year, Sanofi Pharmaceutical Operations UK and Ireland were combined as a single operating unit. To connect both employees and the different CSR activities across three businesses and 13 locations, a new corporate and social responsibility strategy was launched in February 2012, ‘Sanofi Inspires’.
About the Sanofi Challenge
The Sanofi Challenge, the first element to be launched within the 'Sanofi Inspires' corporate social responsibility programme, centres around health and fitness and encourages everyone to challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and go the extra mile to support our corporate charity partners Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and the Children's Medical & Research Foundation in Ireland.
For every £100 raised in sponsorship we travelled a mile in our challenge and so far have travelled over 1,600 miles raising £160,000 through all sorts of physical challenges. Six time world swimming champion and Teenage Cancer Trust supporter, Mark Foster comments, "The Sanofi Challenge for Teenage Cancer Trust is a great initiative centred around promoting wellbeing and personal growth. As well as inspiring and encouraging participants to challenge themselves, they will also be raising money for an important cause."
Diamond Ball 2012
To celebrate the achievement of our first 1,000 Miles, four Sanofi employees, helped by volunteers, organised a charity ball on Friday 9th November in Guildford to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Held at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford guests were treated to music by up-and-coming musician Ryan Keen, a conversation between local celebrities Kenney Jones of The Who and DJ Mike Read and a rousing talk from Surrey-based Paralympic medallist and cancer survivor Vicki Aggar (nee Hansford). Guests also heard from Richard Storry, 19, from Guildford, talking about his experience of being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and being one of the first patients to be treated at the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden, Surrey.
With a wide array of auction prizes, including a box at the Royal Albert Hall Comedy Show, signed England 2003 Rugby World Cup shirt and tickets to the England v Brazil football match, the evening raised around five thousand pounds.
Click here to see the pictures of the event.
National Fitness Day
Sanofi is an official partner of National Fitness Day which takes place on the last Friday in September each year. It aims to become the biggest nationally celebrated fitness-focussed day of the year. Our third annual UK National Fitness Day which took place on the 27th September quadrupled the number of people taking part with over 30,000 people involved in it’s focal point, the ‘Empower Half Hour’ at 1pm. As well as being supported in gyms, schools and groups up and down the country, the event had a variety of well-recognised supporters including Paula Radcliffe MBE who tweeted about the event to her 100,000 followers. Sanofi staff at all sites in the UK actively participated in events such as a walk at our former Dagenham plant, a fitness class at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and a day of sports at our plant in Fawdon. The day successfully helped raise further awareness for the event’s charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust and was a offered a gateway to our Sanofi Challenge programme for those that wanted to do more. For more information, please visit www.nationalfitnessday.com.
Great Big Monster Sea Swim
On 21st September 2012, five swimmers - including two Sanofi colleagues - completed a 100-mile swim to raise money as part of the Sanofi 1000 Mile Challenge. They had been training and preparing for an epic sea swim that would see them undertake a relay from Guernsey in the Channel Islands to the south Devon coast in England. Sadly, stormy sea conditions during the weekend meant that the challenge was relocated on the eleventh hour, but in spite of the logistical and emotional challenges of moving the event, the team successfully completed their 100-mile challenge raising over £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
For a detailed account of the Great Big Monster Sea Swim, photos and information on how you can still sponsor this challenge visit - www.sanofi-inspires.co.uk
Sanofi organised a bike ride from the Genzyme head office in Oxford to the Sanofi head office in Guildford in 2012 and from the Merial office in Harlow to Guildford in 2013. Both took place on the Friday nearest mid-summer the 21st June. This is now an annual event and in 2014 and each year after, the ‘Mid-Summer Ride’ will consist of three circular routes around Guildford of 60, 30 and 10 miles which will be open to everyone and hopefully with a distance to suit most abilities.
To follow these challenges or find out how to take up your own challenge to help support young people with cancer in the UK visit www.sanofi-inspires.co.uk.
Read more about the Sanofi Inspires Programme and how to take part and challenge yourself
As engaged corporate citizens, we seek out opportunities to support local and national community initiatives that promote public health and help to improve patients' lives.