100 GlaxoSmithKline employees embark on global and local long-term volunteer assignments

 100 GlaxoSmithKline employees embark on global and local long-term volunteer
                                 assignments

- PULSE Volunteer Partnership helps build healthy communities by sharing
corporate expertise and skills with nonprofits such as Save the Children

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, June 26, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One hundred GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
employees are now beginning long-term assignments (up to six months) with 46
nonprofit and non-governmental organizations in 35 countries. These volunteers
will bring needed expertise to organizations working to address serious health
challenges through GSK's skills-based volunteer program, PULSE.

"Our company and our employees are committed to helping to improve the quality
of life for people around the world," says Ahsiya Posner Mencin, Director,
PULSE Volunteer Partnership, GlaxoSmithKline. "Through our PULSE volunteer
program, GSK employees use their professional skills and expertise to create
sustainable solutions for important health issues. They return to GSK with
strengthened leadership skills, a broader world view, and a greater connection
to our mission of helping people to do more, live longer, and feel better."

The PULSE program enables our employees to work full time with the
organizations and to bring their professional expertise and knowledge. For
instance, Megha Kochhar, from GSK's marketing department in India, improved
communications and digital media for Save the Children in New Delhi, helping
them to meet fundraising and awareness goals. She returned to GSK with a
renewed sense of purpose and commitment. Similarly, PULSE volunteer Doug
Mackie, from GSK's Information Technology department in the US, improved the
IT communications systems for the OGRA Foundation in Kenya, ultimately
enabling the delivery of critical healthcare services to some of rural Kenya's
most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. He brought back to GSK new
knowledge about IT systems in the developing world, and an improved
appreciation for being "patient-focused," one of GSK's core values.

Most employees who participate in PULSE work independently, while some work
together in teams. For example, in 2013, four volunteers with experience in
HR, Sales & Marketing, Research & Development and Project Management will be
working together at the Philadelphia Education Fund to help in advancement of
their goals related to STEM (Science, Technology, Education & Math)
education.

Also in 2013, fourteen employees have been assigned to Save the Children, with
whom GSK has recently established an ambitious new partnership to save the
lives of one million of the poorest children in the world over the next five
years. Many of these volunteers will work on the strategic direction for this
partnership. One employee will work in the Democratic Republic of Congo to
improve the distribution and supply chain for vaccines and another will work
at their head office in London to establish a framework to measure the impacts
of the partnership.

Douglas Rouse, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Save the Children said:
"PULSE provides a unique opportunity for Save the Children to benefit from the
expertise of GSK employees. In many cases the PULSE volunteers help to provide
strategic direction, skills and knowledge that we may not have previously had
the opportunity to develop. Over the past four years Save the Children has
benefitted from 31 highly skilled GSK employees working in over 20 countries
globally and we are looking forward to welcoming a further 14 this year. The
invaluable insight these volunteers provide is helping us to save even more
children's lives."

GSK and Save the Children have already been working together for eight years
on a number of public health projects, including our initiative to reinvest
20% of the profits we make in the least-developed-countries in community
programs to strengthen healthcare infrastructure, primarily through the
training of community health workers. Ivy Peterson recently returned from a
PULSE assignment with Save the Children.Watchher describe why she is so
excited about this new collaboration.

PULSE - By giving of our greatest resource-- our people-- GSK aims to
contribute real and lasting value to our partners and the communities they
serve. For this reason, ensuring that PULSE Volunteers' work is sustainable
for the partner organization is a key focus of the program and is deeply
embedded in how our employees design and deliver their assignments. Since the
launch of the PULSE Volunteer Partnership in 2009, nearly 400 GSK employees
from 45 different countries have volunteered with 85 nonprofits in 57
countries.

Click here for more information about the program's impact, or watchthis
videoto learn more about their experiences. Follow the journey of our
volunteers on thePULSE blog. PULSE Volunteer photos are available onFlickr.


GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and
healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by
enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further
information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog
(www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).



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