Quintiles launches payroll-giving scheme

Quintiles has launched a payroll-giving scheme to support its chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The pharmaceutical research firm rolled out the scheme for its 2,000 UK staff before Christmas to take advantage of a Workplace Giving UK promotion that guaranteed an extra £5 for every employee who signed up before the end of December.

The offer was exclusive to employers who signed up with Workplace Giving UK during the Employee Benefits Live exhibition in September. Macmillan Cancer Support was chosen as Quintiles’ charity through a company-wide vote.

Debra Corey, senior director compensation and benefits, EMEA at Quintiles, said: “It fits into our corporate social
responsibility strategy. The main reason we launched it now is a combination of taking advantage of the Workplace Giving campaign and raising awareness of Macmillan.”

Because the scheme is being rolled out so quickly, the communications campaign has not been extensive. Corey said: “[In 2011] we have a more strategic approach to engaging employees.”

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