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Nov 02
Helen Tarleton, U.S. Communications Lead, Employee and Community Engagement
Supporting Sustainable Communities and Inspiring Science

A key component of UCB’s business approach is sustainability, including how we sustain the communities in which we live, work, and play. UCB has been operating in the United States for nearly 90 years and we are proud to contribute to these communities.

As a science-based company, our community giving targets Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education with a special focus on K-12 and underserved student populations. We look for organizations that align with our influence and expertise, namely the life sciences and biological sciences.

Building on the “Inspiring Science” approach we adopted two years ago, in 2022 UCB contributed to six local STEM education organizations in Atlanta, Boston, and Seattle. Our support of these organizations will foster a stronger workforce for the future of the biopharma industry.

In Atlanta, home to UCB’s U.S. headquarters, we provided STEM education support for:

UCB also supported the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta (GSGATL). Our contributions enabled thousands of girls to learn foundational STEM concepts through GSGATL’s monthly virtual STEM Career panels, specialty camp experiences, kits mailed to troops across 34 counties, and other events and activities. We also helped more than 600 girls participate in GSGATL’s annual STEM Expo, which increased their interest in science by teaching them the value it plays in their daily lives.

GSGATL’s feedback proves we are having powerful, positive impact. When asked to rate the statement “I’m excited to learn more about science” on their annual girls survey, respondents averaged a four out of five rating (up from 3.7 in 2021). Moreover, 39% of girl scouts reported engaging in one or more STEM activities, and 30% said their grades were better than the previous year.

“With help from partners like UCB, we are inspiring girls of courage, confidence, and character,” said GSGATL Director of Institutional Partnerships, Mirtha Vaca-Wilkens. “They can dream big and do bigger. They can become the changemakers our world needs.”

In Boston, where our research facilities operate in the suburbs of Cambridge and Bedford, UCB supported BioBuilder. Their high school apprenticeship program teaches basic lab skills, like how to use a microscope, to high school students from diverse backgrounds. In addition to our financial support, several UCB scientists engaged with BioBuilder students to provide insights into their career paths and serve as mentors and participants in the poster sessions prepared by students.

In Seattle, home to our Early Solutions team, we supported Washington STEM, which helps educate students who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields such as girls, young women, and those living in rural areas and/or poverty.

UCB recognizes its responsibility to support the communities in which we live, work, and play. As an organization with deep roots in the U.S. and employees nationwide, we remain dedicated to building a sustainable future for our communities, patients, and company.

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