We are no stranger to employee engagement in community centric programs. Sharing with a Touch or SWAT puts into action our corporate motto of “Working Together for a Healthier World”. SWAT comprises of Pfizerians who contribute their time and talent for a greater cause. SWAT signifies the spirit espoused in their actions – sharing with the community and reaching out with a warm personal touch. SWAT focuses on creating sustainable programs targeted at NGOs involved with assisting the needy and the disadvantaged, where our employees go out and serve communities that need their assistance the most. For example, SWAT has initiated skills-transfer programs such as baking lessons, photography, information technology and even jewellery-making for one NGO, creating opportunities for continued income.
Pfizer Malaysia Marks Women's International Day Meaningfully
Pfizer, together with Habitat for Humanity recently collaborated to build a two-bedroom house for En Anuar & family off Tanjung Sepat. Earlier this year, Pfizer Malaysia started building this brand new home for the couple and their five-year-old son. Phase 1 of this project consisted of 15 ladies who embarked on this mission in conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8th March and Phase 2 recently involved 14 colleagues coming together to complete the project including sprucing it up with a fresh coat of paint.
Pfizer Malaysia's S.W.A.T (sharing with a touch) in leading this program worked hand in hand with Habitat for Humanity, the NGO with a vision of eradicating housing poverty.
The day passed by with warm smiles, genuine laughs and positivity as the women went about mixing cement, laying bricks, being six feet off the ground and raising walls with their almost nil hard labor knowledge but equipped only with the one aim of making a significant statement in the history of Pfizer Malaysia's calendar. Everything a woman stands for!
Azwar Kamarudin, S.W.A.T advisor & Lead for Corp Affairs, Health & Values applauded the passionate female volunteers in saying "With 90 employees of the HQ work force being women and having 50 of them, 1/3 of total HQ employees in driving home the point of women- they are just as good as men when it comes to hard labor. On the contrary these ladies took up what is perceived to be a male oriented task and just made a stern point with their volunteerism spirits".
To add on to that the Sports and Social committee (KSSP) also took the opportunity to engage women in an internal contest to recognize the strong women in their lives to which many responded with nomination of their mothers, siblings and NGOs who were dedicated to beat the odds.
Azwar added that 2014 was a special year as Pfizer Malaysia turned 50 and this event just made it all the more special. "We needed to make a prominent difference in celebrating 50 momentous years of providing healthcare in Malaysia and I guess, our approach to celebrate women’s international day with 50 volunteering ladies was the icing on the cake".
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SWAT Christmas Celebration 2011
Christmas is a time of giving and sharing and this spirit was truly at work in Pfizer Malaysia. S.W.A.T., Pfizer Malaysia’s colleague community project initiated a Christmas Celebration for colleagues on 19th December 2011.
What made this celebration different was the invitation to share the Yuletide spirit by involving their families in the celebration as well. More than 35 employee’s kids and a handful of spouses joined in the celebration.
In the spirit of giving, Pfizer Malaysia contributed RM 10,000 Malaysian Care to assist with going back to school kit for 100 children from marginalized societies of Ampang & Puchong. Presenting the cheque to Malaysian Care, Managing Director Angel Choi expressed her delight when she said “Pfizer Malaysia is not just Working Together Towards a Healthier World, we ensure that we do our bit for the society and in this case, the children under the care of Malaysian Care”. 20 children who were the guests of honor at this Christmas party were ushered to a Christmas buffet spread at the Pfizer cafeteria thereafter.
No Christmas is complete without Santa Claus.
Pfizer Malaysia had 20 secret Santas who volunteered to foster a child for the Christmas party. They were each entrusted with a child under Malaysian Care to foster for the day. The 20 Santa Claus took time to source for the perfect gift for their foster child much to the children’s delight. It was a heartwarming sight to see these foster parents feed, serve and mingle with their ‘kids’. Many other colleagues mingled with spouses, took time to savor the Christmas spread and some were even seen helping to babysit a colleague’s child.
Carolers from Sierra Ovation were seen having fun entertaining the throng of some 200 people with their Christmas hits. S.W.A.T. ensured that no child left the Christmas party without a Christmas gift and the emcee for the day, Jamuna Karmehan ensured that each child grabbed a gift under the tree just before the party ended.2 hours after the party began with the guests of honor gone and employees most of whom took the day off after the party, the S.W.A.T. team sat down to enjoy their lunch and reminisces the events unfolded during the celebration.
It was worth every effort.
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Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd recently raised the bar on their environmental initiatives by participating in Project REVIVE Green Festival to support "Green Living" among Malaysians. Project REVIVE is an annual road show of green events all around Malaysia with the objective to create awareness in green lifestyle. Kicking off on the 25th of May, Pfizer Malaysia instilled awareness by participating in green activities namely, tree planting, beach clean up, throwing mud balls among other activities at Dataran 1Malaysia Pantai Klebang, Melaka.
Pfizer Gives Back
Pfizer Malaysia recently launched its internal corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to encourage its colleagues to contribute their share to the community. Sharing With a Touch (S.W.A.T) team that comprises of employee volunteers from Pfizer had taken a tremendous step in giving back to the community by contributing their time and expertise on a community program in Pfizer Gives Back campaign.