Picnicking At Home This Year

Our Illinois facility found a way to help local businesses when COVID-19 cancelled the company picnic.

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Picnic blanket in an empty field

The annual company picnic is a chance for CSL Behring in Kankakee, Illinois, to recognize employees for their year-long efforts.

When the global pandemic disrupted this day of fun and fellowship, the company found a way to help local businesses in the community. Partnering with the Kankakee Chamber of Commerce, CSL Behring tapped local vendors to create a summer gift bundled into an insulated back pack.

Employees also received a gift card for a local barbecue restaurant – and the gift was assembled by a local social service agency that provides training and jobs to developmentally disabled adults.

While not able to gather in person, the company was happy to say thank you to employees and show support for the Kankakee County business community. CSL Behring, a biotech that develops medicines for rare and serious diseases, employs approximately 1,800 people at the Illinois site, about an hour from Chicago.

“I am so proud that we are able to show our gratitude to our employees and assist local businesses at the same time,” said Kankakee Site Leader Jose Gonzalez.

In other locations, CSL Behring also turned cancelled summer activities into support for the local community. At the campus in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, the budget for summer events went to provide meals for health care workers at Einstein Medical Center in Montgomery County. Area restaurants provided the meals and donated additional meals to the effort.