Global responsibility with a local footprint. We highly value our connections to our local communities, which are an extension of our employees and the people we serve. Strong communities move forward with confidence and enthusiasm, achieve healthy environments, encourage vibrant economies, advocate good governance and most importantly establish a robust connection to their neighbors and the world.
We work hard every day to contribute in a positive and meaningful way within every community in which we operate around the world.
We believe good citizenship starts locally. At our headquarters in Cambridge, we are active and well-known corporate citizens in our community and we can be found where fun and philanthropy converge to do the most good.
Our employees bring the same passion and enthusiasm to their volunteer work as they do to their everyday work. Our award winning corporate citizenship program known locally as Living Through Giving (LTG) has been an organic and vibrant part of our local culture since 1997. LTG began as a grassroots effort and today, it continues to thrive, grow and evolve to make a meaningful difference in our community. Its power to adapt in real-time is a unique attribute we celebrate, and its success is due to employee-driven dynamism, executive endorsement and board company sponsorship.
Community. Fundraising. Education. Environment.
Today, Living Through Giving (LTG) is an executive-encouraged, company-sponsored program consisting of annual company-wide events and programs that span a wide range of initiatives to benefit the community in and around our Cambridge headquarters.
Every LTG initiative falls within our four core pillars: Community, Fundraising, Education and Environment. Through our initiatives, we have built partnerships with a variety of 20+ local organizations, from cancer research to environmental outreach. These partnerships allow us to provide opportunities and initiatives that are personally meaningful to our employees during every season of the year.
We Are Living Through Giving Year Round
Click on the links below to read more about various year-round initiatives Takeda Oncology participates in.
MMRF Race for Research
We kick off our annual corporate citizenship initiatives with our longstanding partnership with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Each spring we host two events that raise awareness and research funding for multiple myeloma through fitness. Takeda Oncology teams participate in the MMRF Race For Research 5k and at our Cheer Zone located at mile 25 of the Boston Marathon, we cheer on and motivate not only the MMRF runners but also the thousands of runners who pass through the infamous course.
Community Service Day
Our flagship event for LTG, our Community Service Day (CSD) occurs in the heart of summer. CSD is our company-sponsored "day to serve," and employees are encouraged to bring their family and friends and join us as we volunteer in our local community. At our 2014 CSD, Takeda Oncology brought more than 550 volunteers, who together dedicated 2,050 hours in just one day to benefit more than 20 local organizations. Our volunteers donated their time and energy to everything from readying dogs at a local shelter for adoption to playing BINGO with senior citizens and clearing water-chestnuts from public kayaks used on the Charles and Mystic Rivers.
Click here to view a short video highlighting our employee's Community Service Day efforts on our YouTube page.
Rushing Toward a Cure
At the end of the summer we start our Rushing Toward a Cure (RTC) season. The program launched in 2006 in partnership with the Patriots Radio Network (WBZ 98.5) and our local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma as well as improving the quality of life of patients and their families. With RTC, Takeda Oncology contributes a set financial donation to LLS for every 100 rushing yards gained by the New England Patriots during the pre, regular and post-seasons. This money helps fund vital blood cancer research, patient services and education programs.
Light the Night
Our second largest and most visually-stunning LTG initiative is Light the Night (LTN). In partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), these evening fundraising walks are held across the United States and are illuminated by lanterns that are lit to remember those who battled blood cancers as those currently living with or who have survived the disease. For LTN Boston, our team joins thousands of participants to walk around the Boston Common and show our support while fundraising for our longstanding partner. LTN also marks the first event of our LTG Fall Into Action season.
Fall Into Action
Fall Into Action is our most robust season of LTG initiatives. During the last quarter of the year, we host six ways for our employees to get involved with organizations and initiatives that will have a big impact during the holiday season. Our first Fall into Action initiative is our Holiday Gift Giving Toy Drive, during which we organize and deliver more than 200 gift wishes to underprivileged pediatric patients at Boston Medical Center. From spreading cheer to breaking bread, we also participate in two food drives: Pie in the Sky through Community Servings and Holiday Meal Drive through the Greater Boston Food Bank, to help ensure tables across Massachusetts are filled with food and hope.
Music 2 Fight Myeloma
Music 2 Fight Myeloma (M2FM) is an initiative at Takeda Oncology that unites the power of music with digital and social media efforts to amplify awareness about multiple myeloma, and raise funds for vital blood cancer research and advocacy organizations dedicated to myeloma.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Partnerships
Beyond our community partnerships, we also have active STEM mentoring and educational outreach programs.
Recently, LTG entered into a new education partnership with The Possible Project (TPP), a Cambridge-based organization that provides inner-city high school students with afterschool entrepreneurial educational opportunities. We have also partnered with DIGITS since its inception. In partnership with MassBio, DIGITS activates volunteers in STEM fields to inspire interest in STEM among 6th graders. We also attend the Cambridge Science Festival during which our scientists show future-scientists that mistakes are not necessarily errors, but instead are "hypotheses" for further testing.