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Quality health care and healthy people are our goals

GlaxoSmithKline company (GSK) ranks among the leaders in the pharmaceutical industry and its primary goal is to support health: it improves the quality of human life by enabling people to achieve more, feel better and live longer. In its business activities, GSK maintains strict ethical standards and it was recently given an important award in Slovakia for its ethical and responsible approach to business.

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GlaxoSmithKline company (GSK) ranks among the leaders in the pharmaceutical industry and its primary goal is to support health: it improves the quality of human life by enabling people to achieve more, feel better and live longer. In its business activities, GSK maintains strict ethical standards and it was recently given an important award in Slovakia for its ethical and responsible approach to business.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the world. Its principles and approach to business are directed towards improving people’s health and quality of life and in each of its activities it strives to fulfil this goal by focusing on the patient’s interest and accommodating his or her needs. This is reflected as well in our ethical standards in research and development, standards which are crucial in protecting participants in clinical studies, ensuring quality research, and maximising the advantages and minimising the risks of products made by GSK. When submitting applications for approval of new products to regulatory bodies, the highest ethical standards are also important to GSK, along with transparency and gaining the trust of patients and doctors in our research programmes and products.

Via Bona Slovakia award for ethical enterprise
The core business of GSK is research and development of new medicines which improve the quality of health care and give patients hope for a longer and fuller life. Our company also supports doctors in their education and professional development. For its responsible business operations in 2010, GlaxoSmithKline received a Via Bona Honourable Mention award “for applying measures and standards to increase transparency in the pharmaceutical industry”. Via Bona Slovakia awards are given annually by the Pontis Foundation and its evaluation committee consists of representatives of companies, public administration, media and non-profit organisations in Slovakia.

Social responsibility is part of our business
In addition to support for education of doctors and the development of new, quality medicines, GSK shows social responsibility towards disadvantaged groups by helping those who need help the most and supporting fields in which visible changes can be achieved. Every year GSK strives to demolish barriers and to fully integrate health-impaired or socially-disadvantaged people into society over the long term by bestowing financial grants through our GSK Fund, with each grant being transparently awarded by an independent committee.

GSK employees regularly engage in philanthropic activities and participate in various volunteer projects. Recently they raised funds to help the municipality of Nižná Myšľa recover from serious flooding and they organised a collection of items for Roma children to help them improve their lives and living conditions.

GSK and its employees always try to abide by the motto “Reach out your hand and you will get a whole heart back” and they regularly assist persons who are reliant on the help of others, for whatever reason. GSK is a member of the Slovak Donors’ Forum and the Club of Corporate Donors and we encourage other companies and organisations to support the ideas of volunteering and social responsibility.

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