ESG goals

We are working on ambitious goals


  • Climate
    We endeavor to reduce direct and indirect emissions to mitigate our impact on the climate.
  • Waste
    We consider it fundamental to both prevent and recycle as much of our waste as possible.
  • Water
    For us, sustainable water management means not negatively impacting the aquatic ecosystems.


  • Product safety
    Product safety is one of our top priorities: From safe handling of hazardous substances to ensuring patient safety.
  • Employees
    We aim to be an attractive employer, encouraging creativity and development under ideal working conditions.
  • Access to Medicine
    We support a variety of initiatives that improve access to health particularly for people in low- and middle-income countries.


  • Growth & Profit sharing
    Our growth results from innovations and acquisitions strengthening our position in important markets, supported by strong cash-flow, long-term margins of >30% and a conservative but reliable dividend.
  • Risk management
    We are focusing on a diversified business model: Our 3 sectors have pioneering knowledge to develop products to improve life for patients, further the success of our customers and meet global challenges.
  • Steering
    Our core values along with the external regulations lead to business-guiding charters and principles for our responsible governance, documented in our Corporate Responsibility strategy and report.

Emissions, water, waste reduced despite growing business

Emission target

  • Growth-independent reduction of company‘s greenhouse gas emissions of 20% until 2020 vs. 2006
  • Despite sales growth of 137% 2006 vs. 2018 we achieved a 11% reduction of CO2 equiv.
  • We still confirm our goal for 2020 expecting positive impact from latest initiatives, e.g. process optimizations and change to renewable energy

Waste Target

  • We reduce waste and recycle as much as possible - we aim to reduce the environmental impact of our waste by 5% until 2025 compared to 2016
  • The Group's Waste Score allows us to compare the amount of waste our sites are producing
  • We ensure that raw materials are recycled and that unrecyclable waste is discarded

Water target

  • At 24 sites with relevant water use in areas of high water stress we aim to cut water consumption by 10% until 2020 vs. 2014
  • 2018, we lowered our water consumption by 11% resulting from sustainable water management and re-usage
  • All pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have wastewater treatment plants


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