The programme runs over the calendar year, and the upcoming year’s chosen charity is announced at the annual AstraZeneca Cambridge Christmas party. Nominations are open year-round. The deadline for 2019 applications has now passed. Nominations received from 6 October will be stored for the 2020 selection process.
Charity of the Year nominations must adhere to the criteria below and will be reviewed against our guiding principles. Detailed submissions will be requested from shortlisted charities before a final selection is made by a panel of AstraZeneca colleagues representing different parts of the business in Cambridge in November.
Shortlisting is used to check that the charity meets the nomination criteria. All eligible nominees will be invited to submit a simple application, which the panel will use to judge what charity should be selected. Number of nominations does not affect its weighting or chances of being successful.
Nominations are made directly by AstraZeneca colleagues who care about a particular local charity, or charities can apply directly.
Once the final selection is made, a meeting will be scheduled as early as possible to agree an outline of commitment for the coming year. The senior leadership from the selected charity will also be invited to the AstraZeneca Christmas party.