This excerpt taken from the ELN 6-K filed Mar 30, 2009.
We strive to make a tangible contribution to the communities in which we operate, to the wider society and to fulfil our ethical, social and governance responsibilities, as expected by our diverse stakeholder base.
We recognise our responsibility as a public company with shares traded on the Irish, London and New York stock exchanges and are committed to the adoption and maintenance of the highest standards of corporate governance and compliance. Further information on our corporate governance standards and activities are set out in our Corporate Governance Statement on pages 92 to 96 of this Annual Report.
We have nurtured a culture of employees giving their time and effort to their communities, and we strive to model that behaviour at the corporate level. As part of this culture we have placed a firm focus on causes that run closest to our clinical and scientific goals, supporting employees who donate their time and effort to causes at a personal or local level, and, when appropriate, bridging the two. For example, in 2008, we supported a fund-raising effort initiated by a number of our South San Francisco-based scientists with close personal ties to those affected by the devastating earthquake in the Si Chuan province of China.
We are a member of the Business in the Community Initiative Ireland, which is chaired by Elan board member Kieran McGowan. Our objective in engaging with this initiative is to develop a corporate responsibility strategy on community and environmental issues as they relate to us and use our unique competencies and specialist knowledge to make a difference in Ireland and all the communities in which we operate.