Target: Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer of GlaxoSmithKline
Goal: Thank GlaxoSmithKline for being a philanthropic leader, both in medical relief efforts and tropical disease research
In an effort to encourage philanthropic work among pharmaceutical companies, every two years the top 20 companies are ranked on how readily they give their vaccines to poor countries. Also evaluated is the amount of effort they put in to tropical disease research, and how ethically their clinical trials are conducted. GlaxoSmithKline has retained its number one ranking for the past four years. This means that GSK has done the most to improve the lives of people in poor countries and is a leader in ethical research. Thank this organization for its admirable work.
In second place is Johnson & Johnson. AstraZeneca, normally a top competitor, fell to 16th place from 7th. AstraZeneca expressed their regret for the low ranking, but explained that major management changes in the company could have contributed to the lower placement. Despite the sharp fall in the standings, AstraZeneca didn’t make less of an effort to help developing countries, they just didn’t increase their efforts in order to contend with increasing competition from other companies.
When this ranking system was introduced in 2008, it was met with some resistance. Drug makers didn’t like the potential for bad PR, and the decrease in profits that would come from research and providing drugs to people who were unable to pay retail price. Yet four years later, the index has become a fixture in pharmaceutical company management. Out of the twenty companies involved with the index, all but one has a board member dedicated to overseeing the completion of the index’s goals and to tracking their company’s ranking.
Sign the petitions below and thank GlaxoSmithKline for making an effort to improve the lives of people worldwide. Their life saving drugs are lowering the rates of deadly but preventable diseases in the poorest parts of the world.
Dear Andrew Witty,
For the second time, GlaxoSmithKline has ranked at the top of the index in tropical disease research and medicine delivery to poor countries. Your efforts are improving the lives of people worldwide and furthering the field in research and ethical business practices.
I would like to thank you for going above and beyond to help deliver drugs to people who need it the most. Additionally, your research is helping to fight diseases and poverty. By providing this gracious service, you are setting an example to all big businesses.
Please continue your important work on behalf of the poorest of the world.
[Your Name Here]
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