Bristol-Myers Squibb Honored for SECURE THE FUTURE HIV/AIDS Skills Transfer Program
Chairman James M. Cornelius (center) discusses how the Bristol-Myers Squibb is using lessons learned from SECURE THE FUTURE® initiative to address HIV/AIDS in Africa to inform the community-based approach of the Together on Diabetes® initiative to address the growing problem of type 2 diabetes in the United States. Mr. Cornelius made his comments during a June 1 panel discussion featuring CECP’s 2011 Excellence Award winners, including Lloyd Blankfein (left), chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. (Photo by Paul Morse courtesy of CECP)
Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation received the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) President’s Award for extraordinary philanthropic initiative that demonstrates corporate leadership, innovation and successful partnership, empowering communities in Africa to change the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The CECP is the only international forum of business leaders exclusively focused on raising the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. The award was presented in New York on June 1.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Chairman Jim Cornelius accepted the award for the Technical Assistance and Skills Transfer Program at the 11th Annual Excellence Awards in Corporate philanthropy on behalf of CEO Lamberto Andreotti.
Goldman Sachs received the Chairman’s Award for its 10,000 Women Project, which provides business and management training to underserved female business owners in developing and emerging markets. The nonprofit DonorsChoose.org won the Director’s Award for its partnership with Crate & Barrel to provide micro-grants to school teachers for classroom projects.
“SECURE THE FUTURE occupies a special place in the life of our company,” said Cornelius. “It is not only one of our oldest and largest philanthropy programs, it is also one of the most closely associated with our corporate identity. Inside and outside the company, people know of our very real, very passionate commitment to ending the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Africa.”
Over the past 12 years, the Foundation and its partners have funded more than 220 community-based care programs, built the largest network of children’s clinics on the continent, and recruited a corps of 260 physicians who provide HIV/AIDS care for 100,000 children and their mothers. In addition, the physicians train local health care professionals and community workers to build a sustainable care model that will remain even after the physicians leave.
“SECURE THE FUTURE has always been about Africans helping Africans, and we share this honor with our partners,” says John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and vice president, Corporate Philanthropy, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “For the past 12 years, our company and our colleagues have been on the front lines of this fight: listening to the needs of the people impacted by this disease, building capacity at the community level, providing financial support and technical assistance where we could have the greatest impact and, ultimately, affecting people’s lives in profoundly important ways.”