and volunteering


Giving and volunteering programs

Stryker’s employees fuel our companywide passion for improving the lives of others. Whether it’s by volunteering locally or donating globally, our people are driven to give. To improve quality of life for people around the world, we advance healthcare, support education, improve environmental health and enrich community culture—while keeping equity top of mind. We also care about the unique causes that motivate our employees, and this year we made it even easier to give back and get involved.

Stryker’s global support

Stryker supports nonprofits that align with our community giving goals.

Our businesses and their teams give back through educational outreach, pledge walks and other activities that raised funds for organizations including Operation Smile, Operation Walk, the National Brain Tumor Society and the Thi Nghe Orphanage. We also provide product donations to healthcare organizations including the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Orthopedic Hospital.

Operation Smile

For nearly four decades, Operation Smile has provided critically needed surgical and comprehensive care for children with cleft and other conditions in low- and middle-income countries. Stryker has supported these efforts through cash, in-kind donations and mission volunteers since 1999. Our annual Smile Match campaign benefits Operation Smile by raising money to fund life changing surgeries. The 2021-22 campaign included a match that doubled employee donations and provided support for patient care programs. Together with our employees, we helped Operation Smile reach over 15,000 children and adults worldwide who needed care.

More than 1,000 employees serve as Operation Smile ambassadors who engage with the program by educating their local communities and raising funds. Over the years, Stryker employees have also served on Operation Smile missions, supporting the medical team, patients and families. Stryker also funds innovative medical education programming for healthcare workers across the world, including in Rwanda, where wait lists for skin and plastic surgery can extend to several years. In 2021, part of our support helped Operation Smile launch a new medical education program that will train 60 anesthesia clinical officers in safe anesthesia administration practices. By creating more surgical capacity and helping to improve patient outcomes, Stryker’s funding of the program is strengthening Rwanda’s healthcare systems at the national level.

Introducing Impact

In 2021, we launched Impact, a global giving and volunteering platform that allows Stryker to support causes that our employees are passionate about. Stryker matches employee donations through this platform. Impact also provides employees with personalized volunteer options, including virtual, skills-based and in-person opportunities. In addition, when disaster strikes anywhere across the globe, employees can support relief efforts and get funds to the places that need it most. Eligible employees in the U.S. can request a volunteer leave of absence for one day per year to receive pay while volunteering with a qualifying organization during their normal work schedule.

donated through Impact in first year (employee donations and company match)

nonprofits received donations