All of that changed four years ago after several employees came up with an idea to carve out time to celebrate those they serve. They had listened to patients speak at company meetings and after hearing their personal stories, they saw the corporate mission brought to life.
Now Bristol Myers Squibb hosts Global Patient Week every September to connect employees with patients and formally recognize these everyday heroes as a central focus of the corporate culture. The week-long employee event invites patients to Bristol Myers Squibb facilities around the world to share their stories and meet the people who play a role in their very personal fight against disease.
In fact, Global Patient Week reinforces what approximately 24,000 Bristol Myers Squibb employees do every day throughout the year, in every function, in every office and in each country: keep patients at the center of their work.