YP: Please share with us how you have been able to give of your time to this NGO considering your very hectic work schedule?
HJ: You can always give the time if you really want to, and my association with volunteer work actually dates back to my earlier work life. I used to work with Johnson and Johnson for 5 years in charge of their pharmaceutical business. I also used to lead their philanthropy programme. They had a very structured philanthropy programme, and I was the lead of the programme for 5 years, so you know my intent has always been there and YP is just one of the organisations with whom I am associated.
YP: How does GSK view the PULSE Volunteer partnership with Kherwadi Social Welfare Association?
HJ: It is viewed as a win-win for both GSK and KSWA. I think the kind of area in which they work is really livelihoods and skill development which is a very important need in India. Our PULSE volunteers give of their time to solving challenges at the NGO, and it is important for our employees at GSK to realise how privileged they are to be working with a company like GSK when the mass of people around do not have that same kind of opportunity. Therefore, when they get a chance to work with an NGO like KSWA I am sure that is an awareness that comes home blindingly, and they are changed by the experience.