Community Involvement

A doctor in Africa uses UpToDate to help treat his patients. (photo)

A doctor in Africa uses UpToDate to help treat
his patients.

Wolters Kluwer employees were actively involved in many different initiatives that benefit society by offering their expertise, products, and time. In 2010, Wolters Kluwer donated €1,209,300 to different initiatives which represents a large increase from 2009 (€470,000). This represents 0.3% of ordinary net income in 2010 compared to 0.1% in 2009. The increase is mainly driven by better awareness and more diligent tracking across the businesses combined with a relief of economic pressure on the business units in the United States. Next to monetary donations, the company used its strengths in skills, products, and people to generate long-term local solutions.

Wolters Kluwer partners with customers to develop its solutions, services, and products. It applies the same logic to community involvement. Partnering with NGOs works to combine their expertise with Wolters Kluwer’s resources, people, and/or solutions to reach specific long-term targets.

UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, supports underserved communities.

Wolters Kluwer Health & Pharma Solutions, as an example, promoted access to medical knowledge through its partnership with Global Health Delivery. As a result, complimentary one-year UpToDate® subscriptions are offered to clinicians who provide medical care to poor or underserved communities, giving them the benefit of access although funds are unavailable for them. The division also continues to contribute to the World Health Organization’s HINARI initiative, an online resource providing free or low-cost access to major medical and social sciences research journals to not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. See www.who.int/hinari.

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory focused on advancing living conditions for groups that are most vulnerable, including initiatives such as the Spanish ‘Conoce tus leyes’ (Know Your Law) program. In Poland, Wolters Kluwer teamed up with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, hosting seminars and training for lawyers and publishing relevant information to address human rights issues in Poland.

Throughout the entire company, units are active in local community activities, donations, and in kind engagement to improve quality of life.

A Spanish immigrant and graduate of “Conoce tus leyes” accepts her degree. (photo)

A graduate of “Conoce tus leyes” accepts her degree.

  • In Spain, the organization set up the Wolters Kluwer Foundation, a charitable organization which supports social activities in the areas of Justice, Education, Environment and Innovation. The Foundation was granted the ‘Distinction of European Excellence’ by the Community of Madrid, Spain. The program provides immigrants in Madrid with basic training on Spanish legal principles and rules to live, work, and settle in Spain. More than 4,000 people have participated in three editions of this program. It was developed in collaboration with the Madrid community, law schools, and legal offices;

  • For the second consecutive year, Wolters Kluwer was proud to sponsor the Zacharias Center’s Women Helping Women Luncheon on June 19 at their facility in Gurnee, IL;

  • Wolters Kluwer France employees hosted a used book sale and donated its proceeds to Libraries Without Borders, a French organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Haiti by setting up mobile and virtual libraries. Also for the global 2010 holiday giving season, Wolters Kluwer supported Libraries Without Borders in carrying out the important work they do in Haiti;
Sylvie Caron, Wolters Kluwer France, offers a donation to the ‘Libraries without Borders’-team. (photo)

Sylvie Caron, Wolters Kluwer France, offers a donation to the
‘Libraries without Borders’ team.

  • Wolters Kluwer continues to publish “Intervention,” the War Trauma Foundation's international journal of mental health, psychosocial work, and counseling in areas of armed conflict;

  • Wolters Kluwer carried on its partnership with Foundation Plan to tackle malnutrition and improve school performance in Ghana through providing daily lunches to 500 school children in Pulima primary and junior high school. Local women from the community prepare the lunches. The project helps Ghana in attaining the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
    Selected accomplishments in 2010 were: drastic improvements in health of the children, increased attendance and school performance, the training of parents and cooks in a variety of nutritious food and the introduction of energy saving cooking stoves using less fuel wood. Using soy as a base ingredient in a school meals has resulted in a new market within the local community and farmers learning how to grow and sell soy beans;
Pulima School – Ghana 2010 - Children waiting for their school lunch. (photo)

Pulima School – Ghana 2010 - Children waiting for their school lunch.

  • The Peterson location in the United States donates 90 hours of facility use to the CPS Northside Learning Center to support life skill and occupational preparation for youth with cognitive disabilities; and

  • Examples of other donations included the Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, local food banks, Transport Services: European Foodbank, relief donations to Haiti and the Annual United Way Campaign in Canada, where CCH Canadian matches generated employee contributions. The legal business in the Czech Republic cooperates with the DUHA Foundation, a local environmental movement.

2011 Objectives

  • Set up a community giving framework with senior management and share best practice activities across Wolters Kluwer.
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