LifeScan Scotland

Scotland Volunteering Company of the Year Award, Winner, 2016

LifeScan Scotland is a committed builder of community partnerships with a focus on allowing employee volunteering without limitation of time. The company’s approach encourages every employee to volunteer, with akk the positives of benefiting both the local community and workforce.

LifeScan Scotland logoLifeScan Scotland was created in 2001 when Johnson & Johnson (J&J) acquired the UK assets of Inverness Medical Ltd, designers and manufacturers of glucose test strips and electronic meters for diabetes care globally.

Partnerships-based strategy

The company is a committed supporter of building community partnerships with a focus on allowing employee volunteering without limitation, especially for those not based in an office. Its community strategy has three central pillars: Community Investment, Employee Volunteering and Education Programmes with each of these tying into the company’s ‘Our Credo’.  This is a deeply held set of values that have guided Johnson & Johnson as a responsible business for over 60 years.

The community strategy aims to bring shared social and business value to their community relations work through focus, metrics, partnership-working and employee involvement. Key statistics from 2015 show major successes in LifeScan Scotland’s volunteering programmes, with 490 employees (a hugely impressive 44% of its workforce) taking part in an employee volunteering programme.

In 2015 the company’s STEM Ambassador programme helped to support the Scottish Government’s education strategy Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy. Employees took part in 75 activities and worked with 3,093 young people.

Another activity, LifeScan Scotland’s Community Teambuilding programme, involved 25 local charities and community groups.  Through the programme, employees volunteered 4,582 hours, or 191 days, worth of support to local community maintenance projects.

Key personnel involved in volunteering include the manufacturing workforce, the largest group on-site, who felt more included in the company as a result.  This positive uptake of volunteering has also increased the culture of collaboration between departments.

The judges felt that the volunteering in education programmes, which have resulted in the emergence of a local engineering talent pipeline that benefits both the local people and the wider community, were of particular merit.