AbbVie has been selected as an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution in The Australian Business Awards 2019. The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution [CCA] recognises organisations that implement initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.

AbbVie Australia is a biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience.

Science and innovation are the cornerstones of the business and each day 320 Australian employees dedicate their time to making a remarkable impact on its 31,500+ patients’ lives.

AbbVie is committed to the communities that they work and live in and employees give their expertise and time to have a remarkable impact. In partnership with non-profits, AbbVie works to address challenges facing the underserved, through charitable giving as well as employee engagement.

June is dedicated to the Month of Possibilities. Month of Possibilities demonstrates AbbVie’s deep commitment to giving back to their communities and people in need. During the Month of Possibilities, employees give their time to a range of activities including compiling hampers for women in domestic violence refuges, cooking food for children in foster care facilities, and participating in working bees or assembling solar lights for children in developing countries who don’t have electricity.

AbbVie also provides year-round opportunities for employees to take part in volunteering activities. Last year we sold cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA, climbed up mountains for rare cancers and rode 90km on bikes for multiple sclerosis.

Employees also have the opportunity to access the AbbVie Matching Donations program where funds raised by employees for their favourite charities can be dollar matched by AbbVie Australia. AbbVie’ s CSR initiatives allow employees to embrace the community spirit and build a greater connection to several of their cultural pillars including “All for One AbbVie” and “Making Possibilities Real”. Every employee is given two paid days a year which they can commit to volunteering, so volunteering is in the fabric of AbbVie’s culture.

The AbbVie Volunteering Committee is made up of 16 employees from different areas of the business. The Committee meets monthly and are assigned the responsibility of managing the program and delivering the Month of Possibilities. At the beginning of every year the Committee look at what volunteering opportunities to provide employees as part of the Month of Possibilities. Each year the Committee surveys staff on the things that matter to them in the community and from there they are able to formulate volunteering opportunities based on the causes which are close to employee’s hearts.

Once the Committee has selected the range of volunteering activities, they set about communicating the Month of Possibilities to the wider organisation about what’s on offer and how employees can get involved. Whether donating to our annual Employee Giving Campaign or partnering with organisations to provide education research, AbbVie employees are committed to helping the world become a better place.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which implement world-class business initiatives, projects, products and services. The award recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Organisations are required to complete a submission for a specific business initiative, product or service.

Business initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Products can include but are not limited to services, devices, equipment, programs, processes, activities, applications, information, knowledge, software, cloud-based services, platforms, systems and manufactured goods. Products must be commercially available on the Australian market and comply with all applicable Australian standards and regulatory requirements. Product eligibility includes domestic and international products available to the Australian marketplace.

The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement are recognised via a set of established business and product award categories.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

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