Continuing the Successful "Lonza Makes You Fit" Program

In cooperation with the organizers of the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project “Lonza Makes You Fit” was initiated in Visp (CH) and Basel (CH) in 2016. The goal of the program was to make Lonza employees fit for the Gornergrat Zermatt Half-Marathon. Lonza developed a comprehensive health program and successfully prepared participants to complete the most beautiful mountain race in the world.

Then in 2017, in addition to the Gornergrat Zermatt Marathon, the project in Visp was extended to cycling and the "Energy for Every Day" concept supporting a healthy work-life balance. For almost three years now, the number of people taking part in one or more programs has been around 500 employees, which is about 20% of the workforce at Lonza Visp, and the trend is upward.

For 2019 more than 200 employees from Basel (CH) and Visp (CH) have registered just for the running project. As in previous years, most of them will run the half-marathon course; and some experienced runners dare to take part in the marathon, the relay or the ultra.

Organizing an Annual Charity Golf Event

The Lonza Harvest Open is an annual charity golf tournament organized by volunteers from the Lonza site in Portsmouth, NH (USA). A fun event for organizers and attendees, it raises awareness and funding for specialized projects for local non-profit organizations in the Seacoast region of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. During the last 17 years, Lonza has raised more than $1.7 million for 36 New Hampshire charities.

Cycling for Children

Cycling for Children is a unique public cycling event organized in Switzerland in collaboration with Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress. The aim is to show commitment through sporting performance and creative fundraising to help children in need. In 2018 Lonza signed up as part of the "Lonza Makes You Fit Program," and employees from Visp and Basel participated in the fundraising event. Altogether the Lonza team cycled 771 km and collected CHF 4,750 for children in need. In addition, Lonza matched this amount so the total donation was CHF 9,500.


Giving Back by Going Pink in Singapore

The Pink Ribbon Walk & Run is Singapore's largest signature event dedicated to raising awareness and showing support for those affected by breast cancer. In 2018 Lonza Singapore participated for the first time and ran a donation campaign during the month of October, which is known worldwide as breast cancer awareness month. The site collected a total of SGD 10,000 (CHF 7,000) donations for this cause.


Completing the Virgin Pulse 100-Day Global Challenge in the UK

During the summer more than 300 colleagues at Lonza Slough and Cambridge (UK) took part in a virtual "Walk around the World" with 35,000 other teams as part of the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.

Our 43 teams of 7 took part in exercise activities, as well as improved healthy habits regarding nutrition, mental wellbeing and sleep – all during a virtual travel tour covering destinations such as Peru or Norway. They then earned points and "trophies" along the way. Lonza Slough and Cambridge employees walked more than 410 million steps, which equates to a distance of 263,331 km. Among the Lonza participants, the number of employees who now meet the recommendation of 10,000 steps per day is 81% vs. 18% pre-Global Challenge.

Sponsoring the Lonza Arena in Visp

Lonza will be contributing CHF 3 million to the new ice and sports center in Visp, which will officially be named Lonza Arena for the next 20 years. The new sports center will be the home of the EHC Visp (a Swiss professional ice-hockey team) and have a capacity of 5,000 spectators.