BD Wins Top Global Volunteering Award
BD Wins Top Global Volunteering Award for VST Response to Haiti Earthquake
BD was presented with The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Inspired Practice Award at the 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference recently held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. BD received this prestigious honor in recognition of our multi-year Volunteer Service Trip (VST) to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake there.
The Inspired Practice Award recognizes a global company that has created a high?impact volunteer initiative designed to meet a specific community or societal need. According to the IAVE, the award was presented to BD based on tangible outcomes that resulted from a specific volunteer?based strategy to meet a particular need.
BD joined with Trusted Partner Heart to Heart International (HHI) to support efforts to improve the fragile healthcare system in Haiti following the earthquake. Working together, BD and HHI designed a three-year program to leverage the medical expertise of BD associates with the in-country knowledge of HHI to improve healthcare services for Haitians in the remote mountain villages in the Southeast region, which had been identified by the Government of Haiti as a neglected area in need of assistance. It is estimated that over the duration of the VST program, nearly 250,000 people were helped through such efforts as training laboratory and other healthcare workers, offering medical support, construction of two new laboratories and a new warehouse as well as renovating four volunteer housing facilities.
“In today’s world, it is more important than ever that there be strong collaboration between the public?private sectors and civil society in order address the challenges facing communities,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation, who presented the award. “BD is an excellent example of a company leveraging its resources and people in order to support our communities through impactful volunteer programs and the IAVE partnership.”
“BD is pleased to accept this award on behalf of our 30,000 associates around the world, our Trusted Partner, Heart to Heart International and the people of Haiti,” said May Kwai Cheong, BD’s Vice President for Central Asia, who accepted the award on behalf of the Company. The BD Volunteer Service Trip program enables BD to fulfill its purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives. We are honored to receive the Inspiring Practice Award.