Employee engagement

Listening and responding to our people is an important part of being a modern employer.

We survey our employees twice a year to understand how they feel about working at GSK and we act on their feedback to help us improve.

We encourage employees to tell us their views through formal engagement channels and more informal conversations.

Our leaders host regular Let’s Talk sessions to encourage people to share their ideas on key topics. We also support informal communication and collaboration across the business through tools such as our new collaborative internal tech platform which allows employees to share knowledge and perspectives to support faster decisions across the organisation.

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    We employ around 100,000 people over 150 countries

GSK is committed to upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core labour standards set out by the International Labour Organisation. GSK is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact. We are respectful of the right of employees to join an independent trade union, the right to collectively bargain, and of freedom of association. Of our global employees, 39% are covered by collective bargaining arrangements and/or have declared that they are a member of a union. Additionally, GSK invests heavily in formal Information and Consultation arrangements which actively involve and provide additional Employee Voice to a much higher proportion of the workforce.

Global volunteering

We want our people to understand how they are delivering our purpose to help people do more, feel better, live longer through their work every day. Our volunteering programmes offer further opportunities for them to make a difference to communities.

Our two flagship volunteering programmes – Orange Days and PULSE – enable GSK employees to offer their time and talent to support communities and global health, while developing their skills and experience. Find out what our volunteers achieved in 2018 in our latest employee volunteering impact report.

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Map representing Orange Day participants in 44 countries from 2016-2017

Our Orange Day programme gives all employees one paid day off each year to make a difference for their chosen local community project. Employees often do their Orange Days in teams working on local community projects, from cleaning up parks to mentoring students.

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The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering opportunity for eligible employees to step away from their GSK roles to work full-time at a non-profit organisation for three to six months.

PULSE volunteers draw from their professional expertise to provide these non-profit organisations with valuable skilled services. In doing so they enhance their own capabilities and resilience – and when assignments are complete, bring new ideas and fresh ways of working back to GSK.