Since Medtronic's founding, we have a long-standing commitment to support the communities where our employees live and give. That commitment starts in our hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and extends across the globe to wherever our 46,000 employees live and give.
The power of a patient cannot be underestimated. They inspire, teach, advocate and make a difference in their communities. Their lives demonstrate the improvements medical technology can bring to patients and, in turn, to the people they serve and inspire. We salute their spirit and recognize their accomplishments by sharing their stories with millions.
If a natural disaster strikes a Medtronic community, we support relief efforts and address critical health-related needs of that community. Through our Disaster Relief Paid-Leave Volunteer Program, Medtronic employees can take up to five paid days off to volunteer for disaster relief and recovery efforts.
We also provide annual funding to both the American Red Cross' Annual Disaster Giving Program and the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies disaster relief fund, ongoing support that allows both organizations to better prepare and respond to unforeseen emergencies.