Jun 20, 2022
Committed to our communities: BD honors its Volunteers of the Year

By Jennifer Farrington, Senior Director of Social Investing and Vice President of the BD Foundation

At BD, we are fostering a culture where employees are encouraged and empowered to contribute to the health of communities where we live and work by giving back. Service to others has been a core value of our company for more than 125 years. By encouraging meaningful partnerships between our employees and the non-profit partners they care about, philanthropy and service will continue to be central tenants of our company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

Some examples of how our employees give back to their communities include:

  • Participating in our innovative Volunteer Service Trips, where employees to take paid time away from work to tackle some of the world’s most pressing global health issues, one developing community at a time.
  • In the U.S., we offer paid time off for volunteering, grants made to non-profits to honor employee volunteerism, and we match employee donations to eligible non-profit organizations.
  • At BD sites across the globe, we also encourage employees to engage in team-based volunteer service, to put our commitment to servant leadership into action while making a meaningful difference in the communities where our employees live and work.

And every year we identify a select group of employees who go above and beyond the call to serve their community. These stand-out “Volunteers of the Year” are awarded the Becton Volunteer Impact Award – named in honor of Henry P. Becton, Sr., former Chairman of BD, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to community service.

To celebrate these employees’ inspiring commitment to improving the health and well-being of their local and global communities through acts of service, we make philanthropic grants in their honor to the non-profit organization they serve.

In 2022 we recognized 14 employees from four countries around the globe, including:

Neeraj Kapoor from San Diego, California, who founded the Learn to Be foundation, which provides free mentoring to thousands of students in need, through a mobile app he created. (Neeraj was also recognized by the Kelly Clarkson Show for his innovative volunteerism!)

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Mariane Silva from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who for more than twelve years has helped more than 300 highly vulnerable families access food, clothing and other life necessities, free of charge, through her service to ONG Madrinhas da Vida



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Jeff Morgan from Baltimore, Maryland, who serves on the board of directors of Leadership Baltimore County, an organization that works to bring high achievers with diverse perspectives together to heighten their civic awareness, enhance their organizational effectiveness and be a driving force for positive change in their workplaces and in Baltimore County as a whole.

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…and Mike Smith from Columbus, Nebraska, who has engaged his fellow BD employees to help his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity build more than dozens of homes for families in need.

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We congratulate and thank all of our 2022 BD Volunteers of the Year for their commitment to improving Community Health!


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