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Massachusetts Takeda Employees Mobilize for 17th Annual Community Service Day

– 400 Company Volunteers Provide Services for 19 Community Organizations –

Cambridge, MA, June 24, 2015 – From baking for patients with cancer to cleaning up waterways and community centers, more than 400 Takeda employees in Massachusetts, including hundreds of employees from the Takeda Oncology Business Unit, left their labs and offices on Thursday, June 18, to participate in the company’s 17th Annual Community Service Day.

Takeda believes good citizenship starts locally and is committed to being good corporate citizens by bettering the communities in which its employees live and work. This year, participants worked in employee groups throughout the greater Boston region to help clean and maintain community public spaces and provide other needed services to select non-profit organizations.

“Each year I look forward to this day when Takeda contributes to the well-being of the community where we work,” said Jess Gangi, Takeda employee. “It’s an opportunity to directly connect with a number of dedicated organizations and support their local efforts.”

Volunteer projects included organizing research equipment to develop STEM education and underfunded labs around the world, baking for patients with cancer, various landscaping projects, general clean-up of community centers, food preparation for various organizations and preparation for a community partner’s annual fundraising event.

The 2015 participating organizations included:

  • ACS AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Boston Parks and Recreation Department
  • Cambridge Community Center
  • Charles River Watershed Association
  • Community Servings
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Drumlin Farms
  • East End House
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • Hale House
  • Ivy Street School
  • Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
  • Mystic River Watershed Association
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Pine Street Inn
  • Seeding Labs
  • Stone Zoo
  • Franklin Park Zoo

“We are proud to partner with all the organizations who take part in Takeda’s Community Service Day,” said Shawn Goodman, Global Head of Oncology Communications at Takeda. “Giving back to our community is a longstanding part of our culture at Takeda. We are inspired and honored to take part in efforts that make a positive impact in our community and to partner with so many incredible local organizations.”

Takeda’s Community Service Day in Massachusetts is part of the company’s Living Through Giving program which is an integral component of Corporate Social Responsibility at Takeda. The Living Through Giving program was started in 1997 as a grassroots movement by a group of employees who were inspired to give back to the local community. Today, Living Through Giving has grown to include partnerships with more than 20 non-profit agencies throughout the year to promote awareness and make a difference. Community Service Day provides hundreds of company volunteers the opportunity to spend over 2,000 cumulative volunteer hours in support of local non-profit organizations. Additionally, Takeda employees may take up to two additional days of paid time-off from work each year to volunteer with non-profit organizations.

Photos available upon request.

About Takeda

Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, www.takeda.com.

About Takeda Oncology

Takeda Oncology is the global oncology business unit of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Takeda aspires to cure cancer by delivering novel medicines to meet the unique and urgent needs of people living with cancer, their loved ones and the health care providers who support them around the world. Takeda is the 11th largest global oncology company with a portfolio of paradigm-changing therapies and an extensive pipeline of investigational products that have the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes across a number of cancers. By combining the power of leading scientific minds with our agile and entrepreneurial spirit and the vast resources of a global pharmaceutical company, we are finding new and innovative ways to improve the treatment of cancer. Additional information about Takeda Oncology is available through its website, www.takedaoncology.com.

Contact:
Amy Atwood
amy.atwood@takeda.com
+1 (617) 444-2147