Many companies strive to do good, but for Thermo Fisher Scientific—a global science company committed to making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer—doing good is at the heart of what they do and it’s a part of their culture. Their technology powers Nobel Prize–winning breakthroughs in chemistry, helps fight climate change, and is even used to solve crimes.
Some of their focused social initiatives include investing resources into STEM education; rallying their offices to support local food drives; and other efforts that contribute to a healthier, cleaner, and safer world. You might think that a global pandemic would slow down these efforts—especially given the science company’s role in developing and producing testing kits for the novel coronavirus. However, for Thermo Fisher, that is not the case.
Here’s a quick roundup of four ways this company is giving back around the globe—even in the midst of a global pandemic.
1. Making Science Experiments That Kids Can Do From Home During The Pandemic
In a pre–COVID-19 world, Thermo Fisher employees would visit science classrooms with equipment and lesson plans designed to both wow kids and educate them on science and engineering. Now, in a remote-learning environment, the Thermo Fisher team has come up with innovative ways to run experiments that only need stuff you can get around the house or from the supermarket.
For example, they’ve created worksheets and videos to help kids extract the DNA of a strawberry and make bubbling lava, all from the safety of their homes. Even in a pandemic, this piece of the Thermo Fisher outreach keeps going.
2. Championing STEM Education And Supporting Children In Remote Locations
Of course, not every child’s ability to gather supplies or even connect to the internet is the same. Thermo Fisher’s offices in China and Japan are partnering with organizations like the China Youth Development Fund and CANVAS who help bring STEM education to children in more rural communities.
The global pandemic, of course, has made this an even more difficult challenge. However, the partnerships have already begun to make a difference. In China, the efforts have reached over 650 families. With curriculum expertise, donations, and science resources, Thermo Fisher’s STEM education outreach program is able to help children with limited access and resources.
3. Get Involved Day: A Virtual, Global Day Of Service
Even though giving back and volunteering are year-round events at Thermo Fisher, Get Involved Day is truly something special. Thousands of Thermo Fisher employees and colleagues get involved in community efforts—from soup kitchens to park cleanups—as both a celebration of the giving culture and a sign to the communities they work in that Thermo Fisher cares.
Of course, this year things were going to be different. But the nimble team at Thermo Fisher still found a way. It turns out, there are plenty of ways to volunteer remotely. Virtual bingo with seniors in San Francisco. Food and hygiene-product drives across the US. In São Paulo, Brazil, the Thermo Fisher team sewed masks to hand out to locals to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Pandemic or not, Get Involved Day is Thermo Fisher’s way of reaching out to their global communities as one forward-thinking family.
4. From Durham to Dubai, Thermo Fisher’s Network Of Community Action Councils Take On Local Causes
Because Thermo Fisher is made up of people who want to help science professionals make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer, service is as much a bonding activity as it is an act of social responsibility. That’s why Thermo Fisher’s offices around the globe are home to Community Action Councils. These groups find local causes and charities in need of assistance and rally both the resources and manpower of the company to help.
Some examples of this include: Thermo Fisher’s Dubai office planning an event to bring hygiene kits to local laborers. The company’s Highpoint, NC team in the US is supporting this year’s Light the Night walk for Leukemia research. In Australia, the Thermo team will be hosting two virtual STEM events. One will demonstrate the company’s remote “Chemistry of Slime” activity and the other will be a regional STEM Design Challenge for children and teens.
No matter where you find a Thermo Fisher office, you’ll find employees coming together to make a difference.
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