Corporate Social Responsibility – Charity
At uniPHARM we take our responsibility as a good corporate citizen very seriously. We feel it is important for us to give back to the communities in which we do business and to help our shareholder pharmacies support charitable endeavours in their own communities. Furthermore we feel a sense of duty to try to connect with health related charitable organizations and projects as it is closely linked to our own industry.
The Company supports various health and human-related charities with contributions and staff participation in charity events including:
- ALS Society of Alberta
- ALS Society of BC
- Alzheimer Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
- Alzheimer Society BC
- BC & Yukon Cancer Society
- Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
- C.H.I.L.D. Foundation
- Covenant House Vancouver
- Kids Up Front Vancouver
- Richmond Food Bank Society
- Parkinson Society British Columbia
- Parkinson Society Southern Alberta
In the summer of 2007 Medicine Centre Pharmacies (uniPHARM’s banner program) was a major sponsor of the Weekend To End Breast Cancer. The Company’s contribution including funds raised by employees exceeded $100,000. In December 2007 the Company made a $10,000 contribution to UNICEF’s Spread the Net Campaign, spear headed by Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer, to help stop the spread of malaria in Africa.
The Company has formed its own registered charity, uniPHARM & Medicine Centre Pharmacies Charitable Foundation (UMC Charity), to allow shareholder member pharmacies to access funds for contribution to various charitable causes they wish to support in their communities throughout BC, Alberta and the Yukon. In the past, Medicine Centre had developed and promoted the ‘Kindness Really Matters Program’ through a Vancouver based radio station, whereby contributions were made to the Salvation Army.
For the past ten years the Company has offered a sharps disposal program for needles and syringes for patients of our Medicine Centre member pharmacies. In addition uniPHARM pharmacies participate in collection programs for the safe and environmentally responsible collection, storage and destruction of unused and/or expired medicines returned by patients. Within the operations of the distribution centres the Company participates in local recycling programs.
uniPHARM will continue to seek out new opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of others and on our environment through charitable work.