We think in generations instead of quarters, and act responsibly in everything we do. This commitment is the foundation of our lasting economic success.

Business with a conscience

As a leading science and technology company, we want to take part in building the future and making life better for people all over the world. Our products and technologies are the key. They are an important contribution to the process of solving global problems. At the same time we focus our resources where we can achieve the most. We do this by engaging in three strategically important areas, namely health, environment as well as culture and education.

Looking, listening and doing things better

We take responsibility every day – and have been doing so for nearly 350 years.

Taking on responsibility


reduction in our CO₂ emissions achieved.


of management positions in our company are held by women.


million children have been treated in our efforts to eliminate the tropical disease schistosomiasis.



To mark the milestone moment in the history of our fight against the tropical disease schistosomiasis – 10 years since we started donating praziquantel tablets to WHO for African countries – a giant worm is touring the world. Find out why on the dedicated website of the campaign.

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