Sustainability report

Volunteerism & giving

Edwards Lifesciences’ work to encourage volunteerism and giving supports our aspiration of passionate engagement that strengthens our communities.

Definition

Dedicating time, talent and resources to communities where Edwards’ employees live and work, and supporting community health and well-being. Our volunteerism and giving work centers around increasing Access to Healthcare, another material topic.

Our aspirations

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Passionate engagement that strengthens our communities

Material topics
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Record Breaking Participation in AHA 2019 Orange County Heart Walk

The American Heart Association is an important partner of Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and we are proud to support their efforts on lifesaving science and research. The annual OC Heart Walk is one of our largest volunteer efforts, and in 2019 we were especially energized by the outpouring of support for this important partner in our local community. More than 1,150 Edwards employees, family members and friends came out to donate money and walk or run to help raise awareness for heart disease and stroke awareness. At the event, Edwards employees and family members participated in a 5K walk and/or 5K run. At the Edwards tailgate, children of employees enjoyed face painting and a balloonist, along with photo-booths and games for all. In addition, the Edwards choir gave a heart-warming performance of the National Anthem at the opening ceremony. Numerous volunteer coaches from 14 business groups within Edwards led the campaign that raised more than $40,000 , which was eligible for the Foundation’s employee matching gift program.

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Edwards Employees Serve to Help Alleviate Hunger Around the World

During 2019, numerous employees gave of their time and resources to serve those in need through a variety of organizations that provide food to communities and families in need. These are a few examples:

More than 300 team members at Edwards Singapore set a remarkable record, packing 80,000 meals in less than 1.5 hours for underprivileged communities in Timor-Leste through the Rise Against Hunger (RAH) International Organization. The Singapore team joins other Edwards groups who have partnered with RAH, including Critical Care, THV Australia and Operations and Quality, to relieve the global issue of hunger. RAH has been an Edwards non-profit partner for many years, dedicated to eradicating worldwide hunger by 2030, and provides packaged nutritious and fortified meals to people living in extreme poverty. The Singapore event packed and loaded 373 cases of meals onto vehicles to deliver to those who truly needed our support. Our employees have many opportunities to volunteer in their communities through our Strengthen Our Community program, helping us drive towards our aspiration of 100 percent of Edwards employees participating in at least one charitable activity every year.

Employees serveEdwards employees from Irvine volunteered their time for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is dedicated to bringing nourishment and hope to 290,000 hungry people throughout Orange County. The team helped sort and bag 10,000 pounds of red onions, which helped to feed the hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County.

Edwards employees in Israel collected and donated food for low economy families in Or Yehuda. A variety of food was donated such as sugar, flour, salt, pasta, cookies and more. The donations were distributed to the families just before the holidays in Israel, so that they could enjoy the festivities.