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Why I'm Grateful to be President of the BI Cares Foundation

Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation now provides a free supply of medication to an additional 3,000 eligible uninsured US patients every year. We’ve committed to producing a portfolio of critically needed medicines that will be distributed by Americares to free clinics in CT, FL, W. VA, Texas and Ohio.

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Paying it Forward

Today is United Way Day of Action in Western Connecticut, and there are 90 Boehringer Ingelheim Ridgefield, CT employees volunteering at four local nonprofit organizations and working on projects that might otherwise go undone for lack of financial or human resources. We do this hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of people served by these organizations and to help strengthen the communities where our employees live and work.

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New Program Brings More Health to Underserved Communities

The mission of the BI Foundation is to improve lives through philanthropic contributions and donations of healthcare products. Today we are pleased to announce the launch of a new extension to our Product Donations Program. The program will provide a free supply of medication to more than 3,000 eligible, uninsured U.S. patients. As part of this program extension, we’ve committed to producing a portfolio of critically important medicines for patients in need. Distribution of these medicines will be done in conjunction with our longstanding partner, AmeriCares, in free clinics throughout Conn., Fla., W.Va., Texas and Ohio.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Receives Two Top Diversity Awards

Boehringer Ingelheim has been named one of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has received this recognition. The Company has also been named one of the Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities.

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My New Role as Chairman of National Pharmaceutical Council

I look forward to begin serving as Chairman of the Board of The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), where I will help further its mission of educating healthcare stakeholders – including physicians, pharmacists, and patients – on the value of pharmaceuticals to better make their caregiving decisions.

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Today is Veterans Day in the U.S.

My father-in-law died at the age of 87 on November 12, 2012. Stanley grew up during the Great Depression and was a decorated World War II veteran. He made the transition from combat to career, retiring from IBM after 30 years of service. As you can imagine, those were tough times. At this time last year, I presented BI’s first “More Health Through Innovation” Award in my role as President, BI Cares Foundation. The award went to Charlotte Creech, CEO and Co-Founder of Combat2Career. Charlotte started C2C after watching her husband struggle through his transition. Few services exist to help veterans make the transition from combat to college to career.

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Supporting Youth Who Lead Change

One way that Boehringer Ingelheim employees give their time and apply their workplace skills to help strengthen communities is through participating in our Making More Health program from our three-year collaboration with nonprofit Ashoka. Making More Health (MMH) is a long-term initiative, driven by Boehringer Ingelheim, to identify new and better ways of improving health globally. Since MMH started in 2010, a huge number of MMH initiatives have been launched by sourcing social innovation to provide more health in the future. The below post talks about one of our employee’s recent experience in leading a seminar with individuals from the Ashoka Youth Venture program.

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Serving Our Community through our Workplace Skills

On September 11, 2013, in conjunction with the National Day of Service initiative and our company’s Skills-Based Volunteerism, Boehringer Ingelheim conducted its second full-day Pro Bono Business Law Seminar for Non-Profit Organizations at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Danbury. Attendees included representatives from local community service and charitable organizations. It was by all measures a great success. Based on the positive feedback from our repeat attendees as well as the newcomers, we are now happy to announce that this will be an annual event.

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Starting a Green Culture

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of a handful of Connecticut-based companies featured in the Fall 2013 edition of the Connecticut Green Guide. The significant investments we’ve made in improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions at our Ridgefield campus demonstrates that you don’t have to go into the red while going green. In fact, as highlighted in the article, Boehringer Ingelheim will save $330,000 annually and earn a return on investment in less than three years! What’s more, our efforts save more than 3.7 million kWh and avoid 2,878 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

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Helping People Make Better Lives

BI Cares Foundation supports the following nonprofit and the valuable work it does through our employee skills-based volunteer program. Last year, BI Human Resources employees conducted a job-seeking skills workshop for TBICO students and are planning another workshop for this fall.

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The News Is Out! Boehringer Ingelheim Named a Finalist in Prestigious Out & Equal Award

Boehringer Ingelheim’s “Working with Pride Business Resource Group (PRIDE)” has been selected as one of this year’s finalists for an Out & Equal Workplace Award, also known as the “Outies,” in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Resource Group of the Year (LGBT ERG) Award Category. The LGBT ERG of the Year Award recognizes a particular employee resource group with an exemplary track record of leadership in advocating for LGBT equal rights over the past year.

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Winners of Ashoka Changemakers Competition Announced

On July 10th, Ashoka—Boehringer Ingelheim’s global partner in “Making More Health”—announced the three winning business models in the “Transforming Health Systems: Gamechanging Business Models” online competition seeking innovative solutions to critical problems in health systems around the world. The online “Changemakers” competition received 264 entries from 61 countries since it was launched by Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka Changemakers in January 2013.

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Ashoka Changemakers Contest Finalists Offer New Solutions to Make More Health

Six finalists have been selected in the Ashoka Changemakers Transforming Health Systems: Gamechanging Business Models online competition from more than 260 entries. These top solutions were chosen by the competition’s expert panel of judges for their potential to solve systemic health problems in different markets around the world.

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Skills-Based Volunteering: Using your Unique Skills to Make a Difference in the World

Our industry has - and will - continue to change. The way we reach patients, particularly those in the lower income populations, is changing. Our societies expect us to offer healthcare solutions to patients in all geographic regions and at all economic levels. This is not business as we know it. The future will require us to come up with new answers, partners and different business models to think differently about the value we bring in the field of health.

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A Conversation for Social Innovation in Healthcare

Innovation starts with understanding the underlying causes of a problem. And for some of the biggest social problems -- like disparities in quality and access to healthcare -- it takes the voices of many to uncover both the causes and effects of the issues facing our communities.

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