Investing in Our Communities

Caring About Communities Around the Globe

By cultivating relationships and contributing our knowledge, expertise, logistics and financial support, Lonza is creating sustainable value for our communities around the world. With our commitment to ethical, social and environmental responsibility and sustainability, Lonza supports events, projects and programs directly linked to Lonza's employees and sites. Our sponsoring activities focus on the following five priority giving areas:

In the communities where we operate, Lonza is much more than a faceless corporation. We are neighbors, a vital source of jobs, a charitable sponsor of local schools and civic and cultural projects, and often a significant contributor to local economies. While our financial donations are vital, our employees also play a critical role by volunteering in programs and projects in our priority areas.

We want to be a reliable, long-term and active partner and to engage at the earliest possible stage of any community project we sponsor in order to optimize the use of available resources. Accordingly, we focus our resources on a small number of selected projects where our engagement can make a significant difference, rather than on a vast number of projects.

Social and Humanitarian

Supporting Vitamin Angels Programs

Lonza’s Nutrition business supports Vitamin Angels, a global charity that helps at-risk populations in need – specifically, pregnant women, new mothers and children under five – gain access to lifesaving and life-changing vitamins and minerals. We have been a supporter of Vitamin Angels since 2005. In 2016 Lonza donated vitamin B3 compounds to help Vitamin Angels reach 300,000 expecting and new mothers in over 50 countries.

Extending a Caring Hand

During this year’s 5th Annual PEACH (People Extending a Caring Hand) Project, Lonza Water Treatment personnel and our professional pool dealer customers from North America teamed up with the non-profit organization Tiempo de Dar in improving the Lomas de Valle community elementary school in Mexico. The school has 56 students in 1st through 6th grades in a rural area in the state of Jalisco just outside of Puerto Vallarta (MX). Before our PEACH project, the school operated in two small buildings with dirt floors, no electricity and only one solid wall. 

The PEACH project at the Lomas del Valle Elementary School involved 350 hours of “sweat equity” and a budget for purchase of building materials and a water tank. In addition, Lonza employees and dealers were asked to bring school supplies such as notebooks, pens, backpacks and drawing materials for donation to the school. 

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

In September 2016 members of the U.S. Legal and Intellectual Property teams worked with Habitat for Humanity as part of their team meeting in Georgia (USA). Habitat for Humanity is an organization that not only builds and refurbishes housing for the underserved but supports them with counseling and mentoring. Under the supervision of Habitat for Humanity’s workers, our team installed floor joists, built walls and installed window panels, to name a few tasks. 

Cleaning the Path to a Healthier Future

In 2014 the Lonza Corporate Charitable Sponsorship team challenged business units to propose a major, long-term charitable project that would draw on Lonza technologies to enhance the quality of life in an area of desperate need. Ideas began circulating; and after much thought and deliberation, approval was given to Lonza Water Treatment South Africa to address an urgent health threat and concern in Uganda.   

One of the poorest countries in the world, Uganda is in dire need of sanitary improvements. Under a three-year project known as Sanitation for Africa, Lonza Water Treatment is teaming up with the non-governmental organization Clean Habitat Uganda to provide our HTH Scientific® sanitizer tablets for use in pit latrines in that poor African nation. Clean Habitat Uganda will distribute our sanitizing tablets to communities serving 5,000 homes. 

Pit latrines, also known as outhouses or long drops, serve as household or even community toilets and are an ideal breeding ground for disease and virus-bearing mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and other insects. One or two (depending on the pit size) of our sanitizing tablets, comprised of dry calcium hypochlorite, are placed into each latrine, where they help combat bacteria, foul odors and insect growth, which in turn helps to control diseases that can be carried by the insects.

In December 2015 a kick-off summit was held in Kampala (UG). In attendance were key persons from the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the Ugandan Ministry of Water, Clean Habitat Uganda and Lonza.

Since the kick-off summit, the sponsored product has arrived in Uganda and is currently being distributed in key identified areas. A community events day was held in November 2016 in Kabasanda (UG) to further educate the community on sanitation, the way HTH Scientific® Pit Latrine Sanitizer Tablets work and the benefits of the tablets. 

Find out more about our Sanitation for Africa Project.

Supporting Youth and the Impaired Within the Local Community

In 2016 Lonza Igarassu (BR) supported the organization Associação Ponto Cidadão by donating technology and learning materials. The organization’s goal is to provide young people between the ages of 16-24 years professional and psychosocial education so that they are better prepared to enter the labor market.

In addition, the site donated musical instruments and toys to the Association of the Visually Impaired to aid the rehabilitation of children and adolescents with visual impairment, blindness and low vision. The organization serves 50 visually impaired people with the goal of enabling them to live a more independent life by supporting their social, educational and professional integration. 

Education and Science

Encouraging Students to Pursue Careers in Science

In 2016 our Pharma&Biotech site in Slough (UK) continued our long-term partnership, which was first initiated in 2002, with the local Burnham Grammar School. Now, more than a decade later, Lonza employee-volunteers are still engaged at the school in a range of activities from sponsoring and judging science competitions to offering career advice, donating lab equipment and offering internship work experiences.

Partnering with Swiss Youth in Science

Another continuing project in 2016 is Lonza’s three-year partnership with Swiss Youth in Science, which began in July 2014. Founded in 1967 the foundation Schweizer Jugend forscht (Swiss Youth in Science) supports inquisitive and motivated children and young people with the aim of awakening joy and fascination for scientific work.

With the foundation’s series of courses, children and young people become more interested in subjects such as mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology; and they learn about options for their future studies or professional careers. Through this intense engagement, Lonza contributes to the promotion of science and helps in the development of the next generation of scientific professionals.

Supporting the Local Community with Donations

Lonza’s Walkersville, MD (USA), site has supported their local community for more than two decades by providing sustainable funds for the Lonza Bioscience Scholarship at Hood College. Each year a local student who is interested in science is selected to be awarded funds from the scholarship. 

Encouraging Students to Fight Cancer with Science

For the second summer, Lonza’s Pharma&Biotech site in Cologne (DE) sponsored a Summer Academy to expose selected students to cancer research at the heart of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) at the University of Cologne and to stimulate their possible career interest in this field. The purpose of Lonza’s sponsorship is to encourage students to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields – perhaps even with Lonza once their studies are completed. 

Sponsoring a Swiss Think Tank

As a corporate citizen interested in the future development of society and its interdependencies with politics and economics, Lonza has been a partner of Avenir Suisse, an independent think tank for economic and social issues, for many years. Avenir Suisse aims to demonstrate a need for political action and to help solve problems by means of initiatives and proposals. To this end it performs analyses based on scientific principles, organizes conferences and participates in public debates. Founded in 1999 it is supported by more than 100 companies and private individuals from all economic branches and regions of Switzerland.

Health and Sports

Getting Fit While Having Fun

In cooperation with the organizers of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” was initiated in Visp (CH) and Basel (CH) in September 2015. As the name suggests, the project aimed to make Lonza employees fit for the half marathon of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, which took place on 2 July 2016.

From the 300 participants who originally signed up, more than two-thirds reached the finish line on top of the Riffelberg Mountain on that Saturday. After the successful half-marathon in 2016, both the cooperation with the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon and the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” will be continued. With the goal of motivating even more employees to engage in sport activities, Lonza will expand the program in 2017 and complement it with additional activities.

Organizing an Annual Charity Golf Event

The Lonza Harvest Open is an annual charity golf tournament organized by volunteers from the Lonza site in Portsmouth, NH (USA). A fun event for organizers and attendees, it raises awareness and funding for specialized projects for local non-profit organizations in the Seacoast region of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

The 2016 Harvest Open was Lonza’s 15th annual event and raised approximately USD 80,000 for selected non-profit charities. Our Portsmouth site employees are pleased to support our local Seacoast region and to be ambassadors of Lonza’s philanthropic values. 

Sponsoring the Lonza Arena in Visp

Lonza will be contributing CHF 3 million to the new ice and sports center in Visp, which will officially be named Lonza Arena for the next 20 years. The new sports center will be the home of the EHC Visp and have a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

Ecology

Building Opportunities for Action

Our employees in Porriño (ES) contribute time to demonstrate our concern for corporate social responsibility in many ways. One successful project in place is run by our site’s donations team. Employees from different departments donated reusable and recyclable goods, such as crystal bottles or test tubes, equipment like weighting scales or PH-meters, reagents and gels, and used office materials that are perfectly usable for educational purposes. 

Arts and Culture

Bringing Classical Music Closer to Kids and Teens

In September 2015 Lonza initiated a new sponsoring partnership with the Basel Chamber Orchestra to support its newest project called “Classroom Piece,” which was produced in cooperation with a theater pedagogue and four musicians from the Basel Chamber Orchestra with the goal of giving kids and teens the necessary impetus to develop their musical personality, independent of social and cultural backgrounds.

For 2017 a new makeover is planned to apply the concept to hospitals, retirement homes and other public and private institutions. Lonza is proud to be actively supporting the development of this novel project over the next several years with the goal of bringing classical music closer to the community.