By Caroline Roan, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Pfizer Inc. and President of The Pfizer Foundation
In 2014, a Pfizer Executive Global Health Team (PEGHT) program was created, specifically designed to bring company leaders into the field to enhance their understanding of and engagement in Pfizer’s commitment to improving health care services for underserved communities around the world. As a result of its work with PSI and others, Pfizer’s leadership has created a few tips to maximize relationships between corporations and NGOs.
For corporate participants: Be like water. In the scope of work for PEGHT, PSI reminded team members that their objective was not to change PSI’s core business, but rather “to propose new efficiencies and strategies.” When embarking on this type of assignment, be prepared to be fluid and adjust to the assigned task.
For companies, project organizers and corporate participants: Timing is everything. When team members return to work after their field experience, they are often consumed with business needs that have accumulated during their absence. Organizers should keep this in mind when scheduling post-program surveys and related-project work. As for participants, be sure to carve out time for personal reflection and to share your experience and insights.
Watch the Pfizer Global Health Fellows’ put these tips into action working to strengthen social franchising in Tanzania below.