To maintain good citizenship as a company is part of the Medtronic Mission. By bringing together the talents and gifts of our employees, we can do valuable things for our community. Volunteerism, education and grants to charities all contribute to helping those people who need it most.
Mission in Motion (MiM) does not stop at the community level. Within Medtronic, employees can also actively work on their health – and at the same time contribute to the community - by participating in running or walking events or by donating volunteering hours. So, they really put our Mission in Motion.
Project 6 is the collective effort of Medtronic employees from around the world making an impact on their communities through volunteerism.
Named after the sixth tenet of the Medtronic Mission – to maintain good citizenship as a company – Project 6 takes place in the sixth month of the year and this is an opportunity for employees to use their skills and talents to make a difference in their local communities.
In 2019, over 11,000 employees representing 45 countries volunteered nearly 60,000 hours of service during Project 6. That is an incredible contribution.
In 2020, Project 6 was not organized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To maintain good citizenship as a company is part of the Medtronic mission. Therefore, employees can participate in various sporting events throughout the year. For every kilometer walked, ran or cycled by our colleagues, we donate an amount to charity.
Due to the corona outbreak, we organized our own Digital Challenges in 2020. This allowed our colleagues to continue to contribute to charity by excercising in the safety of their own environment.
Each year in September, the Walk with your Doctor (Loop met je Dokter) walking event takes place. In 2018, the event celebrated its tenth anniversary with over 700 participants walking 5 or 10 km, including around 30 Medtronic employees and their families. In addition, 12 Medtronic volunteers provided lunch to all participants in Bemelen.
All kilometers run, walked or cycled by Medtronic employees during official events can be added to the Mission in Motion kilometer collection box. For every kilometer donated, Medtronic donates €2 to charity!
During fiscal year 2020, we reached our goal and collected 8,000 km or € 16,000 that we donated to various organizations:
Stichting MS vs MS
Platform Congenital Hernia Diaphragmatica (CHD)
Invictus Games Foundation
The Ronald McDonald House is a stone's throw away from the Medtronic Bakken Research Center (BRC). The House is a temporary home for parents, brothers and sisters of children who are admitted to the Maastricht UMC+. In the context of good citizenship, Medtronic BRC adopts a week in June. By providing a delicious dinner, breakfast or snack at different times to the parents during this week, we hope to support these families during these difficult times.
Medtronic supports the annual Resuscitation Relay in the Province of Limburg. Thousands of students aged 15-18 have been educated in life support over the past years. The relay, or ‘reanimatie-estafette’, as it is called in Dutch, highlights the impact and importance of resuscitation education. The event is not only sponsored by Medtronic, but our employees also actively contribute during the sessions, both as participants and instructors. More information at reanimatie-estafette.nl.
The Bakken Research Center (BRC) in Maastricht annually facilitates employee resuscitation (re)trainings provided by TaskForce QRS. The instructors are healthcare students of Maastricht University. More information at taskforceqrs.nl.
Employees who are personally involved in a patient organization that contributes to the improvement of healthcare, can receive donations for their charity from Medtronic's Dutch philanthropy program for one year through a new Fundraising program. The goal is to support patient organizations, among others, in providing information and thereby improving the quality of life of patients. Each year, two patient organizations are supported through this route. Since 2020, Medtronic Netherlands is helping the Patient Association for Neurostimulation (PVVN) and the Association of Ehlers-Danlos Patients (EDS) through this program.