Our Irish commitment

Supporting Irish charities and communities

Our Irish commitment

At Roche, we believe that we should focus on long-term success over short-term gain. Roche was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to establish a manufacturing base in Ireland (when Syntex Ireland was founded in Clarecastle in 1974), and so we are proud of our history in Ireland and our relationship with the communities and environment in which we operate.

An important contribution to Roche’s success around the world is its involvement with the communities in which it operates. We focus our resources on a small number of selected projects where our contribution can make a real difference and with which we are able to act as a long-term partner. We also align our support to charitable organisations linked to education, health and science.

Each of our employees, whether in research, manufacturing, sales or medical affairs, is given the opportunity to contribute to some or all of these local activities.

Charities

  • Each year Roche employees worldwide follow a route of approximately five kilometres by foot and ask colleagues, friends and family to sponsor them to support vulnerable children. The total amount of money collected through these donations is matched by Roche.  Roche's Irish businesses choose a local charity to receive half of the proceeds of the walk each year.
  • In recent year, oche's Irish businesses have fundraised for the Roche Re&Act Disaster Relief Campaign for Haiti and Pakistan.  Funds raised will support a model schools rebuilding project based near the epicentre of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and a school in Jacobabad, one of the worst flooded areas in Pakistan. 
  • Roche has given generous contributions and support to local charities including the Burren Chernobyl Project, the Laura Lynn Foundation and St Mary's National School in Tallaght.

Charities

  • Roche Ireland works closely with the local community in a number of ways including through a community liaison group.  This comprises of company and local representatives and has been in existence for several years. It is an information sharing forum whereby the company keeps people in the locality up to date with what is happening on-site, and any issues are discussed.
  • The Junior Achievement programme creates a lik between the classroom and the world of work.  Roche Ireland supports its employees who volunteer to teach JA programmes in primary and secondary school.s  Junior Achievement encourages students to continue their education and to teach them the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.