We are committed to operations and practices that prevent harm to people and damage to environment or property. The principles for environment, health and safety (EHS), as well as security, result from the company's ethical conviction. These principles are a priority and apply throughout the group.
As set out in our Safety and Sustainability Policy, Our commitment to environmental and social sustainability has five streams:
- Regulatory compliance and integrity
- Vision Zero
- Our people
- Our environment
- Value for society
Transparency and reporting
We report environmental, social, governance and performance indicators under various frameworks. As part of our overall sustainability commitment, we foster transparency and reporting in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, which represent the industry practice for tracking performance on a range of economic, environmental and social indicators.
Since 2007, Lonza Group reports under the Carbon Disclosure scheme CDP. We also maintain two widely used customer-supplier, web-hosted platforms to exchange sustainability profiles and emissions data (Ecovadis and Ecodesk)
Lonza Group Ltd joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in March 2009 and reports on indicators like:
- human rights
Health and safety
We care for our workforce. Any accident is one too many. We are convinced that all accidents are avoidable and we fully commit to work in this direction.
Every employee is obliged to take on the fundamental and personal responsibility for safety and health at work as a condition of employment.
Our Vision Zero – zero injuries, zero process incidents, and zero environmental incidents – underlines our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces.
At each site a safety committee drives the implementation of safety-at-work programs. Corporate EHS guidelines describe the management systems, and the implementation at manufacturing sites and R&D centers is compulsory. Corporate EHS audits sites for EHS performance on the basis of these guidelines.
In order to ensure the safe handling and use of products, regulatory authorities in many countries require tests, some of which require animal testing. Whenever possible Lonza uses validated alternatives to animal tests, and we cooperate with independent contract laboratories that are carefully selected to ensure they meet the highest ethical and quality standards.
We are developing non-animal alternatives to the use of animal testing. Examples are the Bioscience Solutions primary cell and media product lines, which represent one of the major alternatives to animal models in R&D labs.
Suppliers to Lonza must adhere to the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct. This code defines standards of business ethics, as well as labor, health, environmental and safety practices. We routinely conduct audits of suppliers to monitor adherence to this code. Strict ethical requirements are most important when sourcing compliant materials for medicines and therapies, as well as natural and organic ingredients for consumer health and nutrition products.
Along with the businesses, our procurement team develops responsible sourcing strategies for spend categories, raw materials and services. Our risk analysis process enables us to identify high-risk materials and geographies and take adequate mitigation actions.
The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is a non-profit business membership organization established in 2006, which Lonza joined in February 2019. The PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies who share a vision of better, social, environmental and economic outcomes in the communities we serve. This includes:
- Fair and safe work conditions and practices
- Responsible business practices
- Environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources
The purpose of the initiative is to bring together the pharmaceutical industry to define, implement, and champion responsible supply chain practices. It has developed a set of principles that set the guidelines for a more sustainable supply chain. We have embedded these principles in our Lonza Supplier Code of Conduct and encourage our suppliers to follow them.