Novartis pledge (re UNHCR/UN Global Compact call)
Novartis has contributed more than CHF 500,000 to the Swiss Red Cross and € 50,000 worth of medicines to the Austrian Red Cross. Our generics division, Sandoz, is urgently working to provide essential medicines to others in need. The Red Cross has been providing shelter, clean drinking water and food, as well as medical and supportive care to victims. We are in regular contact with them on what would be of most use.
Novartis Chairman Joerg Reinhardt also announced a global internal donation program for our associates. Novartis will match the total amount donated by October 31. The funds will be used to support refugees in the camps and along the transit routes across Europe. Along with the Greek Red Cross, the Swiss Red Cross will also support camps in Lesbos, where many refugees arrive first.