Encouraging Associate Engagement and Volunteerism


We empower our associates to give back and make a meaningful difference — locally and globally.  Through our innovative, global Volunteer Service Trips, we invite associates to take paid time away from work to tackle some of the world's most pressing global health issues, one developing community at a time. At BD sites around the world, we also encourage our associates to join together to support local organizations that improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable in their communities. We also match associate donations to non-profit organizations and offer mini-grants to organizations where our associates volunteer their time and talents. 

Volunteer experiences that transform communities and our associates' lives

All BD associates are invited to apply to participate in the life-changing experience of BD Volunteer Service Trips. This transformative program allows BD associates to take several weeks away from work to participate in BD-sponsored service trips that seek to strengthen health systems in developing and emerging countries. BD strategically partners with non-profit organizations and NGOs to implement the program, empowering associates to share their expertise and passions to help improve the overall quality of life for vulnerable populations. To date, more than  175 BD associates from 26 countries have been deployed to sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Peru and Papua New Guinea.

Building local capacity to fight HIV/AIDS and TB in Africa

In 2007, BD created an innovative public-private partnership with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to improve overall laboratory systems and services in African countries that have been severely affected by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). Working with PEPFAR, CDC, Ministries of Health and other in-country partners on specific laboratory strengthening projects, BD associates have provided training for more than 500 healthcare workers in Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and India through the PEPFAR Labs for Life program. The program seeks to improve local capacity to improve laboratory management, maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment, and safely and effectively test for TB.

Hometown giving: Making a difference where we live and work

At hundreds of BD locations around the world, BD associates join together to support local causes and organizations that improve the health and well-being of their communities. Whether it’s joining together to sort food at local pantries, planting trees in community parks, or improving the lives of at-risk youth by volunteering at local youth centers, BD associates initiate hundreds of local acts of kindness, volunteerism and generosity in their communities, every day.