Deep-seated inequities affect millions of people every day. The problem is bigger than any one person, company, or movement can tackle alone. Nevertheless, our Mission motivates us to do our part and to amplify our impact beyond the walls of our business to create meaningful change.
Our unwavering commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity means that we strive for zero barriers to equity. Through community partnerships, we build stronger solutions than we could build alone — solutions that promote long-term education, health, and economic opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underrepresented groups.
The Medtronic Foundation, funded by Medtronic, focuses on improving lives for underserved communities and actively works with community partners to understand and address their needs. During COVID-19, the Medtronic Foundation asked what it could do to support our local communities and, specifically, to ease disparities in care around the world.
Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation donated $12.1 million toward COVID-19 relief in FY22, but our tailored, community-centered approaches extended our health equity impact beyond that obtainable through financial giving alone.
Working with established partners on the ground, such as AmeriCares and Direct Relief, the Medtronic Foundation supported temporary COVID-19 treatment sites and quarantine facilities, trained frontline health workers, and addressed vaccine hesitancy around the world.
In India and Brazil, the Medtronic Foundation combined financial support, donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), and employee volunteerism to help the underserved. Employees led a virtual volunteer “power hour,” during which they sent messages of support to colleagues in India and raised funds for the India Association of Minnesota (IAM) and Goonj — two nonprofits working on relief efforts.