Canadian companies of all sizes can help us end the organ transplant waiting list and improve life for thousands of Canadians. Like many other countries, organ failure is a growing concern in Canada. More and more people are experiencing organ failure and, with the supply of organs remaining fairly constant, people are waiting longer for treatment and Canadians are dying while they wait.
Organ failure can be extremely disruptive for employers. Whether the patient is an employee, a child of an employee another family member, living with organ failure means medical appointments and time off work.
We encourage employers to become an active part of the solution:
• Help us inspire your employee base to register as organ donors.
• Revise your employment policies to facilitate living donation by your employees.
• Help get people access to a transplant sooner so they, and their loved ones, can get back to good health, get back to work.
• Implement a financial donor matching program so every dollar invested in organizations like ours goes twice as far.
For YEARS, advocates for organ donation have been asking Canadians to register. But they don’t. A large majority of Canadians support organ donation, but they put off registration. Rick Mercer said it all in his 2005 rant.
We need leaders, corporations committed to social improvement, to take the challenge and inspire their employees to action. ACTION. Let us help you inform and educate your workforce on what organ donation really is. Then you create the challenge that will increase the number of registered organ donors.
Make it a challenge between divisions, against a competitor, against all your competitors, to see who can inspire the most registrations over a period of time, like a month. We are not asking employees to be organ donors now. We are asking employees to register to become a potential donor – to give their organs to someone who desperately needs them once it has been proven that they themselves have no chance of survival. What could be simpler, or more generous?
Using internal communication channels to promote organ and tissue donation is a great way to make your employees aware of The Organ Project’s mission and how they can get involved in the cause. But make it FUN, and make it measurable. Please don’t just schedule a lunch time information session and hope people register. Educate your employee base so they can be empowered to make the choice to be a registered organ donor. Help them advocate with co-workers, friends and family. Inspire them to register now, not later, and monitor progress. Make it FUN. We can help. Here are some tools that might help.
Include our commercials in your promotion of your workplace challenge. Run them on your intranet or on any video screens through the organization.
People love to win. Keep track of your division’s progress with our registration measurement system. We can help monitor the number of completed registrations from all the groups in your competition.
Include some of our patient testimonial stories to put a face to the cause. Learn how organ donation and transplantation has impacted other families – both donors and recipients. Share the testimonials with your workforce and use it to inspire action.
Download presentations, videos, and pamphlets about organ donation and transplantation. If we don’t have it, we can find it.
During your organizational challenge, encourage your employees to spread the word via social media and to have the conversation about organ donor registration with their friends and family. Again, the Organ Project is happy to provide promotional materials you need to help educate your employees so they’re equipped with the knowledge they need to spread the word effectively.
If an employee has a loved one who is experiencing organ failure, the fear of financial and job loss associated with a prolonged absence, can present significant barriers to helping that loved one by becoming a living organ donor. Provinces like Ontario now make it mandatory for employers to provide 13 weeks of unpaid leave to anyone wishing to become a living donor. Employers, like the Fraser Health Authority, have taken that level of support one step further by providing a paid eight (8) week leave to people wishing to become a living donor.
Living donors give organ transplant recipients a real boost to improved outcomes. By providing a paid leave for employees, employers can encourage staff to address the issue of transplantation sooner and get better and back to work sooner.
Review your employment policies and see if you are doing all you can to encourage living donation within your workforce.
The Organ Project is actively seeking out corporate partners.
Your company’s involvement with The Organ Project can have a significant and positive impact on those in need of an organ transplant. Together, we have the power to end the organ transplant waiting list by encouraging as many Canadians as possible to register as organ donors.
Currently, we are looking for partners with a strong Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy to support the development of on-line learning tools designed to make organ transplantation easier to understand and easier to support.
Two programs are currently under development: an interactive digital program aimed at students in Grades 8-10 to help inform them before they are asked to register as organ donors at 16, and a program aimed at employees, again to help inform and encourage registration.
There are a number of other ways your organization can help us on our mission, while achieving your business goals in the process. Check out our Strategic Partners page if you’d like to learn more.