An elder lady sitting in bed with her carer
An elder lady sitting in bed with her carer.

Better Health

We use our strengths to target those areas of society that need help: To this end, we make use of our international, national and local presence, our logistical expertise and the extensive pharmaceutical knowledge and dedication of our employees. We want to make a key contribution to improving health – both within and outside our company.

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Group-wide activity

Our employees are Community Heroes

  • Many of our talented and passionate employees are committed to helping the community 
  • They do great work in their free time and have a huge effect on the people and environment
  • We reward our employees' outstanding volunteer work for our patients, our planet and our society with USD 2,500

Our employees don't just give their all at work – many of them also passionately support charity organisations in their free time. Here at Celesio, we greatly value this volunteer work of our employees and present awards for particularly dedicated work. Employees who, in their free time, contribute to the health of others, to society or to the environment, can apply for financial support of USD 2,500 from Celesio for a charitable organisation of their choice. 

Tales of our heroes

In 2017, we asked our employees for the first time to share their stories with us and present the success of their volunteer work. All applicants have one thing in common: they live by our ICARE company values. The volunteer work of our employees also reflects our principles of Integrity, Customer-First, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

A winner will be named in each of the three categories in future:

  1. Better health for our patients: Commitment to the health and well-being of others
  2. Better health for our planet: Measures to protect the environment and encouraging a sustainable lifestyle
  3. Better health for our community: Volunteer work to strengthen the community


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Activity United Kingdom

Making a difference for people with dementia

  • 850,000 people in the United Kingdom suffer from dementia – a number that is increasing
  • As part of the initiative “Dementia Friends”, 10,000 Celesio UK employees support people with dementia in their daily lives and raise awareness for the illness
  • Music can help people with dementia to recall memories and increase their well-being

During FY16, Celesio UK and the parent organisation of “Dementia Friends”, the Alzheimer’s Society, came together to bring their common vision to life: raising awareness of dementia, and improving access to information, advice and services to improve quality of life for people affected by dementia.

An increase in dementia patients

More than 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, a number expected to grow to 1 million by 2025. In addition, there are 650,000 caregivers for people with dementia. That’s why Celesio UK joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and challenge stigmas associated with dementia. 

Volunteering as Dementia Friends

Partnering with a charity helps to bring colleagues together for a common cause. Across Celesio’s UK team, more than 10,000 employees have become Dementia Friends and are getting involved with various initiatives.

The Dementia Friends of Celesio attended information sessions to learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and then transform that understanding into action. For example, for colleagues working in pharmacies, the action may be recognising when someone has difficulty distinguishing between coins when paying. Through small actions like these, employees can collectively make a big difference to people with dementia in their communities.

Singing for the Brain

In the British town of Coventry, the Celesio Support Centre is involved with a local initiative called “Singing for the Brain”. It uses singing to stimulate the memory, start conversations, and provide people an environment that is safe, friendly and welcoming.

Singing is not only an enjoyable activity — it can also provide a way for people with dementia and their caregivers to express themselves and socialise with others in a friendly and supportive group. At a time when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can help to recall them and can provide a valuable source of comfort.


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Activity Italy

We help where help is needed

  • Donations of medication and health products aid the Italian Red Cross and the Italian Navy in caring for refugees
  • 4,500 people live in "Cara" in Mineo, Sicily/Italy. It is the largest refugee camp in Europe and was set up in 2011

Celesio's Italian subsidiary, Lloyds Farmacia, has supplied both the Italian Navy and the Italian Red Cross with medication and health products. These supplies helped the refugees and asylum seekers in one of the largest European refugee camps in Mineo, Sicily and on the Italian Navy's rescue ship 'Borsini'.