Pfizer South Africa has been in existence for 60 years this year and locally operates five different businesses – Global Established Pharmaceutical Business; Global Innovative Pharmaceutical Business; Vaccines Business; Oncology Business and the Consumer Health Business. The company’s vision of “Living our full potential in striving for a healthier southern Africa”, forms part of its ethos to give every southern African access to quality healthcare. Pfizer’s global corporate responsibility activities are focused on investing its full range of resources to broaden access to medicines and strengthen healthcare delivery for underserved people around the world.

“Pfizer is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans. Through our extensive corporate social responsibility programme, we are privileged to touch the lives of those less fortunate,” says Brian Daniel, CEO, Country Manager and Global Established Pharmaceutical Business Lead.

One of the hallmarks of the Pfizer culture is its ability to adapt and continue to gr ow in the face of an ever-changing landscape. There is no doubt that its people drive this success. “It’ s simple really,” Daniel states. “In our business, people drive technology. And it is through our effective business technology tools and programmes that we are able to successfully compete on a global scale.”

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Year founded: 1849 in Brooklyn and in 1954 registered in South Africa
Founding members: German-American cousins: Charles Pfizer and Charles Erhardt
Head Office: Johannesburg
Branches: Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Cape Town
Memberships: Pfizer is a member of Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA). The company drives an organised business affiliation and is corporate members of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)


Holding company: Pfizer Inc. New York
Key Stakeholders: Healthcare professionals, pharmacy groups, hospital groups, and government
Major country markets: United States of America, Japan, Italy, Canada, France, United Kingdom and Germany

Description of activity: Pfizer is regarded as one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies providing healthcare products
Products/services offered: Pfizer’s vast product range covers a variety of therapeutic areas, including oncology, vaccines, cardiovascular, biological medicine, neuroscience, urology, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulation, anti-infectives, pain medication and ophthalmology


Recent awards: Pfizer was presented with the Best Employer Award by the CRF Institute for three consecutive years in the Pharmaceutical category
Other awards include: 2011/2012 Deloitte Best Company To Work For; 2011/2012 SA’s Leading Managers;  2011 Diamond Arrow Award in the Business Sector; 2011 Top Gender Empowered Company In Healthcare at the Top Women Awards; 2010 Top Pharmaceutical Company For Healthcare Excellence at the National Business Awards
Empowerment initiatives: Pfizer South Africa is currently a Level 7 on the BEE scorecard and is working tirelessly to improve this score
CSI initiatives: North West University’s HART Clinic; Pfizer “Big Hearts” initiative to inspire volunteerism within the company; SOS Children’s Village; University of Witwatersrand; University of KwaZulu-Natal; Rhodes University; University of Free State; University of North-West