For nearly 150 years, Lilly has developed lifesaving and life-changing treatments for people with chronic illnesses, advanced new discoveries and redefined what it means to live with and manage diseases. We recognize that Lilly has a responsibility to look beyond our walls – to help create a world where every individual has an equitable opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.
We take a holistic approach to investing in healthier futures, collaborating with organizations to address inequities that impact health such as education, employment, and income – along with other systemic issues including racism, a public health threat. This approach reflects our commitment to strengthening minds, lives and communities.
Up to 70% of individual health outcomes are due to the social determinants of health. We recognize that a person’s ability to prosper is determined by factors such as education, employment status, income, access to healthcare and systemic issues such as racism.
Lilly will continue to be at the forefront of tackling social determinants of health so that more individuals in Indiana and worldwide can thrive and lead a healthy life.
Extending Our Community Impact
Beyond our corporate community engagement and employee volunteerism, we extend the reach of our impact through:
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation – Lilly provides financial donations to the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc., commonly referred to as the Lilly Foundation. Established in 1968, the Lilly Foundation is a separate tax-exempt organization that provides strategic and philanthropic support to other qualifying tax-exempt organizations consistent with Lilly’s general philanthropic objectives. Visit Lilly Foundation to learn more.
Lilly Grant Office – Lilly provides financial support to projects that promote excellence in patient care and provide valuable information to the medical and patient advocacy communities. Visit the Lilly Grant Office to learn more.
Corporate Volunteering, Partnering and Giving
At Lilly, we actively encourage our employees to volunteer. We offer programs that help them serve their communities at home and abroad. We support employee volunteerism interests and offer many opportunities for employees to engage, including:
Global Day of Service – In 2022, Lilly celebrated its 15th annual Global Day of Service. Through this event, Lilly employees work together and volunteer on a range of projects focused on health, education and improving communities around the globe. More than 7,500 Lilly employees in 30 countries participated in 2022. Projects included career coaching and resume building, donating blood, painting murals in support of racial justice and other beautification projects.
Connecting Hearts Abroad – Lilly’s global service program, Connecting Hearts Abroad, marked 12 years of service and social impact in 2022. Since launching, more than 1,500 Lilly employees have volunteered in 20 countries supporting communities with limited resources. Through sustainable programs, Lilly volunteers work with underserved communities and helped address access and inequities in health care. Due to the continued effects of COVID-19, Lilly remained focused on two geographic locations in 2022 while expanding our virtual programming with a diverse mix of projects. These projects included public health medical projects in Honduras as well as continued a cancer advocacy program in Kenya to expand support for cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and advocates.
Connecting Hearts at Home – Beginning in 2015, we created an avenue for employees to foster meaningful relationships between Lilly employee groups and local organizations. The program leverages the skills and passion of Lilly employees on an ongoing basis to further the mission and goals of local agencies to help improve outcomes. In 2022, there were 56 Connecting Hearts at Home partnerships, including our Oncology team pairing with Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, our International group pairing with Hawthorne Community Center and our Lilly Pride employee resource group pairing with Indiana Youth Group.
Racial Justice Commitment Volunteer Hours – Lilly and the Lilly Foundation launched the Racial Justice Commitment in 2020 to help address racial injustices and increase opportunities and equity for Black Americans. As part of the effort, Lilly committed 25,000 employee volunteer hours. In 2022, Lilly employees across the U.S. completed that commitment – two years ahead of schedule – volunteering more than 30,000 hours over the past three years to support organizations and efforts that aim to decrease the burden of racial injustice and its effects on communities of color. Learn more about the Racial Justice Commitment in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section of this report.
Nonprofit Engagement – As of the end of 2022, Lilly employees were involved with more than 100 nonprofits in Central Indiana through board leadership and other advisory role participation.
New Employee Service Program –Through our partnership with United Way of Central Indiana, employees can choose to join a project from one of nine United Way agencies that make an impact in our community. After completing a project, we encourage new employees to continue to stay engaged in ways that are meaningful to them.
To expand our reach, we develop key partnerships with organizations and groups that align with our vision to strengthen communities around the world. Lilly and the Lilly Foundation seek out and support organizations that have demonstrated results in driving social impact.
In 2022, the Lilly Foundation provided grants to improve educational opportunities, make Indianapolis a better place to live and to combat racial injustice and inequalities.
Lilly nurtures a nearly 150-year-old culture of volunteerism and philanthropy. Our workforce is deeply committed to going beyond our business to meet community needs and to support those affected by disasters and other humanitarian crises.
As a purpose-driven culture, we strive to create spaces of giving in the communities where we live and work. Our employees are inspired and motivated to do the same globally.
In 2022, the Lilly Foundation matched over $6.2 million in employee and retiree contributions. These contributions help address complex societal challenges, including in the areas of health, racial justice and education.
For more than a century, we have partnered with what is today the United Way of Central Indiana, and with hundreds of United Way chapters across the U.S. in the communities where we live and work.
The Lilly Foundation matches employee contributions through the Lilly United Way campaign dollar-for-dollar. In 2022, Lilly employees, retirees and the Lilly Foundation contributed more than $12 million to over 450 United Way chapters. Over the history of our relationship, those contributions have totaled more than $350 million.
Disaster Preparedness and Relief*
While it’s impossible to prepare for every situation, the impact of a disaster may be mitigated with preparation. Disasters – whether natural or manmade – can change lives in an instant. Lilly works with leading disaster and humanitarianrelief organizations to provide medicines and support people and communities to help them recover. These collaborations and initiatives include:
Disaster Preparedness Product Support – Since 2009, we’ve worked with global relief organization Direct Relief to supply insulin and other medicines as part of their Hurricane Prep Packs, which are distributed in advance to health centers in hurricane zones throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We also supply insulin and other medicines to Direct Relief’s Strategic Emergency Stockpile initiative, which provides medical items that are urgently needed following disasters. In 2022, we contributed $660,000 worth of product to Direct Relief’s disaster preparedness efforts.
Disaster Relief Product Support – We donate medicines and supplies that are specifically requested by relief organizations, including Americares, Direct Relief and Project HOPE. These organizations, with whom we have long standing relationships, work closely with clinics and hospitals on the ground to quickly assess and prioritize needs after a disaster.
Partnership for Quality Medical Donations – We are a charter member of Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, a global collaboration that brings together global medical-product companies and humanitarian organizations to promote sustainable access to quality health care in underserved communities during times of crisis.
Diabetes Solution Center – We offer the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center to help people in the U.S. with immediate needs related to diabetes care, including those impacted by disasters and others who may need help affording their insulin.
In times of great need, the Lilly Foundation provides strategic cash donations to relief organizations and matches employee contributions dollar for dollar. These donations help support immediate needs during a crisis and in cases of severe disasters, rebuilding efforts over time.
Learn more about how Lilly provides assistance in disaster preparedness and relief.
Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
Ukraine Crisis – Lilly and its affiliates have provided more than $23 million in Lilly diabetes and cancer products as well as COVID-19 therapies to Direct Relief and Project HOPE to support their efforts to assist patients impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. The Lilly Foundation committed $250,000 to each of Direct Relief and Americares to support their respective relief efforts in the region. The Lilly Foundation is also matching eligible Lilly employee donations to all three organizations up to an additional $500,000.
COVID-19 Pandemic – Since the start of the pandemic, Lilly and our affiliates have provided more than $270 million of our COVID-19 therapies to Direct Relief, which provides these Lilly medicines free of charge to people in low-income and low-middle-income countries. Learn more about our global response to COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the Lilly Foundation provided over $1.3 million in grants to support COVID-19 relief needs in local communities.
Hurricane Fiona – The Lilly Foundation provided $100,000 to the United Way of Puerto Rico. This grant will help support areas of Puerto Rico most impacted by the storm, which devastated the region in late 2022.
Hurricane Ian – In late 2022, we responded to the hurricane that significantly impacted Florida by providing vials of insulin to Direct Relief and Project HOPE. The Lilly Foundation made separate grants totaling $100,000 to the American Red Cross, the United Way Disaster Response and Recovery Fund and the United Way of Florida Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts in Florida and the Carolinas.
*Includes value of Lilly medicines provided to separate charitable organizations that offer free Lilly medicines to qualifying patients. Amounts are reflective of wholesale acquisition cost for the applicable product (or equivalent).
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