Sustainable Operations

Increasing our Sustainability
From Procurement to Production

As a global organization with more than 300,000 products, and employing 50,000 people across more than 65 countries, we understand how important it is to commit to managing our own environmental impact, and to extend that commitment throughout our supply chain.

Harnessing the Power of Data

A true commitment to environmental goals means constantly assessing and reassessing our progress. To measure environmental performance and improvements, we use an array of tools—from the ISO14001 environmental management framework to site-level monthly data collection in our CRedit360 database, which provides a 360-degree view on environmental performance.

Dynamic dashboards offer near real-time snapshots of greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation. These dashboards inform site-level and business-level performance scorecards, which are reviewed monthly by our Operations leadership team to help drive improvement in these areas—amongst others—both from the bottom-up and top-down.

EDISON

Through EDISON—another one of our global flagship programs—we bring all of our energy reduction and climate protection activities under one roof.This fosters the sharing of best practices across divisions—and across our facilities worldwide—which helps drive a continuous improvement culture.

Each year, we allocate €10 million across our global businesses to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and process emission reduction projects under the EDISON program. These are specially earmarked funds, which cannot be reallocated for any other capital project need other than their intended use. Since 2012, we've supported more than 400 projects enterprise-wide—including a state-of-the-art Biomass Central Heat Plant in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, which offset the annual consumption of more than 400,000 gallons of oil by using renewable feedstocks and also implemented a water reuse program.

EDISON IN ACTION

Biomass Central Heat Plant, Jaffrey, New Hampshire


GoalEliminate oil consumption

MethodConvert to renewable biomass feedstock

Oil Usage Reduced 0

  • Udit Batra

    “We place great importance on fostering an environment that engenders both creative collaboration and problem solving. It’s a win-win for both our employees and customers as we work together to advance science and medicine.”

    Udit Batra

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Jeffrey Whitford

    “We have realized the greatest impact comes not from just within our own walls, but in enabling our millions of customers in more than 160 countries to accelerate the impact sustainability can have globally.”

    Jeffrey Whitford

    HEAD OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

  • Christopher Famolare

    “To us, streamlined operations means producing top-quality products in the most efficient way possible, with minimal use of energy, water and waste. We are working towards a future in which the ‘waste’ of one process can be the raw material input for another process.”

    Christopher Famolare

    EIT, CEM, CEA, Global Manager of Sustainable Operations

  • Morgan Harriman

    “This innovative program aligns with our corporate goal of not sending waste to landfill, but more importantly acts as a much needed solution in our efforts to create virtually zero waste in the first place.”

    Morgan Harriman

    North American Zero Waste Program Manager, Sanofi Genzyme

Sustainable
Buildings

We’re going above and beyond with our new renovated buildings by: increasing energy efficiency above code requirements; incorporating renewable energy systems; improving recycling volume; and reducing waste and water consumption, all in an effort to minimize the building's lifetime environmental impact.

Bangalore, India
LEED® Gold Facility

  • A facade and window boxes minimize heat gain and, in turn, reduce the demand for air conditioning.

  • Fly-ash bricks and under-deck insulation improve building performance.

  • Energy consumption is 11 percent lower when compared to a standard building.

  • Indoor air quality is improved with ventilation rates 30 percent above the ASHRAE 62.1 standard.

  • Overall water use is reduced by 40 percent when compared to a standard building.

Water & Waste Management

With best-in-class waste management practices—customized recycling programs, beneficial reuse and other solutions—we’re bringing sustainability into manufacturing. We also analyze water practices at each of our sites to support responsible water usage, with a particular focus on reducing usage in water-stressed areas. In fact, all sites over 70,000 cubic meters in size must develop a water management plan.

Our overall goal:

10% water consumption reduction by 2020.

Compared to the 2014 baseline.

Sustainability Incentive Programs

We encourage employees to live sustainably through all aspects of their lives, and offer a number of programs to encourage that lifestyle. In the U.S., we offer incentives to employees who install a solar photovoltaic or solar hot water system, conduct a home energy audit, or purchase or lease a hybrid or electric vehicle. In addition, many of our facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe offer electric vehicle charging, most at no cost to the employee.