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Lilly's Connecting Hearts Abroad Program Sends Employees on Global Service Assignments
Date:3/31/2011

of Cross-Cultural Solutions. "Lilly's commitment to send 200 employees on service assignments is bold and unprecedented. It represents the largest corporate partnership to-date for CCS, and the largest launch of an employee volunteer program at an international scale like this. Through the CCS volunteer programs, Lilly employees will touch lives and, in return, have one of the most memorable experiences of their lives."

Lilly Corporate ResponsibilityLilly is shifting its corporate responsibility focus and will increasingly concentrate its resources in areas where society's needs intersect with the company's areas of expertise and focus – a concept known as "shared value."

Lilly's main area of focus will be on improving health for people in need around the globe – specifically, people in low- and middle-income countries who lack the resources to obtain quality healthcare.

Connecting Hearts Abroad has the potential to play an important role in these efforts. "We know that our best solutions to difficult health challenges will likely come from the innovative ideas generated by our employees," said Robert L. Smith, senior director of corporate responsibility and president of the Lilly Foundation. "To foster this kind of innovation, we want to expose employees to different cultures and environments. By changing our frame of reference, we increase the probability of generating breakthrough ideas."

Added Smith: "Like many companies, Lilly historically viewed corporate responsibility largely as a financial commitment. That's changing – and for the better. While traditional CR activities – like philanthropy – have a role to play, they alone won't generate the long-term solutions required to address society's most challenging problems. We know we can have a greater impact if we focus our efforts and expertise to create shared value – for society and Lilly."

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