Ashfield Launches Global Impact on Society Initiative

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Research News J E 4

LONDON, August 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

'Ashfield Cares' to Actively Support Charities and Programmes Through Fundraising, Time and Skills  

Ashfield, part of UDG Healthcare plc (LON: UDG), a global leader in providing outsourced healthcare services to pharmaceutical, device and biotech companies, announces today the launch of a new international initiative, Ashfield Cares.

Formed from a recently launched employee engagement programme called the Ashfield Way, Ashfield Cares aims to actively support both charitable and non-charitable causes, and will assist organisations in addressing healthcare, community development, and educational needs through fundraising activities and the provision of time and skills. This support underpins Ashfield's pledge to harness its extensive resources and geographical reach with the determination and support of its employees to make a positive impact on the communities and wider society it serves.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Corbin, Chief Executive Officer at Ashfield, said: "Our foremost mission is to improve patients' lives. At Ashfield, we do this every day by working with our clients to help healthcare professionals and patients get the medicines, knowledge and support they need. Ashfield Cares embodies these roots. We aim to actively support charities and programmes by donating our money, time and skills to worthwhile projects. We will identify programmes to support and run pledges where employees can either volunteer their time or raise funds to help a worthy cause."

A truly global initiative, Ashfield employees are represented at Ashfield Cares committees at either a business unit or site basis and include employees across the organisation

To kick start the launch of Ashfield Cares, Ashfield businesses across the division held a number of events, all on 15 June 2016 including dressing in blue for prostate cancer awareness, 200 hours given to improving a local park for future generations and a toy bank set up for a children's institution.

For further information on Ashfield Cares, please contact

For further information: Contact: Hume Brophy Supriya Mathur / Hollie Vile +44 (0)20 7862 6475

About Ashfield Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services, part of UDG Healthcare plc, is a global leader in providing outsourced healthcare services to pharmaceutical, device and biotech companies. The company has 6,000 employees, operates in 19 countries across Europe, North America, South America and Asia and works with more than 250 companies, including all of the world's top 25 pharmaceutical companies. Its mission is to partner with its clients, improving lives by helping healthcare professionals and patients get the medicines, knowledge and support they need. Ashfield's provides contract sales teams, customer service reps, medical science liaison officers, remote detailing, nurse educators, medical information, healthcare communications, market access, market research, training, event management, digital, creative and pharmacovigilance services. For more information, go to   About UDG Healthcare PLC UDG Healthcare plc (LON: UDG) is a leading international provider of services to the healthcare industry, employing over 7,000 employees at operations across 19 countries including the US, UK, Ireland and Germany. UDG Healthcare plc operates across three divisions: Ashfield Commercial & Medical Services, Sharp Packaging Services and Supply Chain Services. Ashfield Commercial & Medical Services is a global leader in commercialisation services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, operating across two broad areas of activity: commercial and clinical services, and healthcare communications. It focuses on supporting healthcare professionals and patients at all stages of the product life cycle. The division provides sales teams, healthcare communications, telesales, nurse educators, medical information, pharmacovigilance (drug safety), regulatory and event management services to over 300 healthcare companies in 18 countries. Sharp Packaging Services is a global leader in contract packaging and clinical trial packaging services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, operating from state of the art facilities across the US and Europe. Sharp is also a world leader in 'Track and Trace' serialisation services, which will require all prescription drugs to have a unique serial code for authentication and traceability. Supply Chain Services consists of Aquilant, a leading provider of outsourced sales, marketing, distribution and engineering services to the medical and scientific sectors in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and our minority interest in Medicare, a pharmacy chain in Northern Ireland. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250. For more information please go to:

SOURCE Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services



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