Environment

Our impact on the environment factors significantly in how we view our mission to improve the lives of patients and operate as a responsible and sustainable company. We carefully manage the way we use resources, to reduce, mitigate and, in the case of carbon emissions, neutralize our footprint wherever possible.

The dedication and passion we bring to our mission of improving patient lives is similar to the mindset we apply to improving Biogen’s operational impact and contributing to a more regenerative environment for tomorrow.

Our goal is to be a catalyst for positive change by addressing environmental impacts and by increasing the performance and diversity of our supply chain, including collaborations to develop better packaging solutions, and address the carbon impacts resulting from our business.

Green chemistry is embraced throughout our company. We continually explore new ways to make our drug development processes safer, more efficient and more sustainable while also saving resources.

Our Focus

  • Climate Strategy: Biogen supports the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  We believe that immediate and sustained action is needed to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and avoid the most severe consequences to human health and planetary well-being. The new consensus is that we must limit warming to no more than 1.5 C°. Since 2014, Biogen has eliminated emissions from its electricity consumption and offset its remaining emissions with certified carbon offsets. Biogen continues to reduce its footprint through a three-pronged approach: driving sustainability internally, working with our suppliers, and investing in a diverse portfolio of reliable energy sources including renewable energy.
  • Product Stewardship: We comply with applicable regulations and minimize adverse health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of our products, while maximizing their benefits and value through their full life cycle. To this end, we are investing in serialization technology to protect our products from counterfeits and improve patient safety.
  • Green Chemistry: Our approach focuses on ways to make our drug discovery and development safer, more efficient and more sustainable, while also reducing the natural resources required to produce them. Innovation in this area is aimed at the implementation of reagents, reactions and processes that minimize hazardous substances, are inherently safe, that reduce waste and environmental footprint and also improve efficiency and economics.
  • Supply Chain Responsibility: Biogen’s Code of Business Conduct, Human Rights Position Statement and Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement establish the principles and practices of ethical business to which we expect all of our suppliers, business partners, and employees to adhere. In addition, our commitment to inclusive sourcing and procurement practices is represented in our supplier diversity program.