Insight - Sustainability Leadership

Living up to leadership in sustainability

September 11, 2015

This week’s announcement of Biogen’s leadership on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) adds to what has been an important year of external recognition for our growth as a more sustainable company. This is the second consecutive year we’ve been named as the DJSI World biotechnology industry leader, our third year overall on this prestigious list, as well as our sixth year on DJSI North America. Earlier in 2015, we placed number one on the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world, and led the list of Newsweek’s greenest companies.

We see this recognition as a testament to our corporate citizenship commitment: improving the lives of patients, rethinking the way we use natural resources, developing and empowering our employees, and bettering the community. After years of reducing our operational greenhouse gas emissions, we took the next step by becoming a carbon neutral company, as of the end of 2014. As we move forward, we’ll continue to reduce our environmental footprint by working to achieve efficiencies in the amount of water and energy it takes to manufacture our products.

Now we are motivated to take even more decisive and bold action in defining what it means to be a global leader in citizenship and sustainability. We will assess opportunities to align with global sustainability initiatives that advance health and well-being, education and climate action – areas we see as being inextricably linked. At the same time, we will work to extend our focus, both within Biogen by introducing new sustainable innovations and through working with other industries, non-profits and academic centers to develop programs that will support our sector broadly. Some areas of focus will include:

  • Accelerating sustainable manufacturing, determining where Biogen can continue to reduce our environmental footprint as we develop next-generation manufacturing facilities;
  • Creating curriculum and tools that help scientists understand how they can be sustainable in their work to develop new therapies; and
  • Increasing collaboration across the biopharmaceutical industry and beyond through the sharing of best practices, while developing new analytical tools to provide basic benchmarks for industry success.   

The actions we take today will impact the health of people and the environment far into the future. We will continue to focus on new ways to introduce sustainability across our entire value chain – from discovery to development and manufacturing to product take-back. Leadership in this area is not about rankings – it is about businesses contributing to sustainable development, with the goal of setting new benchmarks that can be pursued collectively, and providing viable approaches for our industry to increase its commitment to a more sustainable future.

Hector Rodriguez
Senior Director, Global Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability

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