Corporate Responsibility

LIFE+ by ConvaTec

Healthy habits start early. The decisions we make shape the course of our lives. We are influenced by our families, our communities, our education, what we read and watch and where we buy our food. Crucially, our ability to make healthy lifestyle choices is shaped by opportunity -- and not everyone has the same starting point.
At ConvaTec, we want to help give more young people the opportunity to make better choices for their long term health. We can’t change the world, but we can bring about small changes that will improve access to knowledge, support and facilities.

Through our community programme LIFE+ by ConvaTec, we focus our volunteering and charitable activities on helping disadvantaged young people to get a healthier start in life.

The key features of the programme are: 

 -  helping young people avoid factors that could increase their chances of contracting chronic conditions later in life – typically issues such as obesity and poor nutrition, lack of exercise, or damaging addictions;

 -  supporting communities where some form of disadvantage creates barriers to accessing sports or recreation opportunities, a healthy diet, or relevant professional support and advice;

 -  working with community partners which have been identified and selected by employees and which are local to our factories, offices and other centres. 

Read more about our activities in our Corporate Responsibility Report

The programme was launched in 2018 with a central fund made available to support local initiatives. To reinforce our goal of an employee-led programme, we linked the distribution of funding to how our employees engaged in improving their own health and well-being. We achieved this through our participation in an employee wellbeing programme, the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.

In 2018, 1,358 ConvaTec employees participated in the Global Challenge, not only improving their own health, but also through their efforts attracting fund allocations for their local charities. 

Upon completion of a selection process, donations are being distributed to Charities all around the world, to sustain the projects that the ConvaTec employees have committed to support.

Wherever possible, LIFE+ Champions are organizing local events, inviting representatives of the charities for an informal get together, a handshake or hand-over of a symbolic cheque. Meeting with the people who work with disadvantaged kids or young adults every day, and witnessing the difference a donation can make, is a real heart-warming experience.



Here below the Charities that have received LIFE+ donations as of March 20, 2019.


Czech Republic Modrý klíč 
Czech Republic Dětský domov Dolní Počernice 
Czech Republic Obědy pro děti 
Denmark Julemaerkefonden
Finland Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto 
Germany GhettoKids Soziale Projekte
Italy Save the Children
Poland Fundacja Polskie Dzieci
Slovakia Spojená škola internátna
Slovakia Detsky Domov Michalovce
Slovakia ANIMA - DSS Michalovce
Slovakia Súkromná základná škola pre autistov, Klokočov 
Slovakia Spojená škola Vrbove
Spain Associació SaóPrat
Sweden En Frisk Generation
Switzerland Friend’s Association Namwala Secondary School (Zambia)
UK   Berkshire Youth - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain 
UK Durham Association of Boys and Girls Clubs - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain
UK   Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales - member of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Britain


Canada Yukon Food for Learning Association
Mexico El Chamizal Primary School
USA The Center for Food Action (Bridgewater, NJ)
USA Out of the Garden Project (Greensboro, NC)
USA Foodbank (Bridgewater, NJ)
USA Cleats for Kids (Oklahoma City, OK)
USA Our Kidz United (Oklahoma City, OK)


Australia and New Zealand Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation
China China Children and Teenagers’ Fund (CCTF) -  中国儿童少年基金会
Hong Kong Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Japan Katariba
Singapore AWWA
Taiwan Libahak Association



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