Products & Business
More than 350 years of responsible conduct
Responsibility is one of our six company values – along with courage, achievement, respect, integrity, and transparency. We live and breathe these core values not just within our company, but also in how we interact with our customers and business partners. Of course, we also comply with applicable laws and regulations and are committed to international guidelines.
Our products and technologies are aimed at improving people’s lives. When developing them, we follow clear regulations concerning quality and product safety. Globally, we are on the look-out for pioneering developments and trends – and we take care to conserve the environment and valuable resources. Not least, we support our customers in improving the sustainability footprint of their own products.
Products for a green future
Climate change and the increasing scarcity of natural resources are among the greatest challenges of our time. With our products, we want to help overcome these challenges. In doing so, we are also helping our customers to reduce the negative impacts of their own activities and to achieve their own sustainability goals. After all, we know that we can approach these major challenges only together.
Our sustainable products: an insight
With our sustainable packaging strategy for Life Science products, we are reducing our ecological footprint.Learn more
Less energy, more power
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are the future of display technology. They combine brilliant colors and high contrasts with low power consumption.Learn more
Cyrene: green Chemistry
We apply the Principles of Green Chemistry to develop environmentally sound, safe solvents. For example Cyrene: A bio-based solvent.Learn more
Respect Human Rights
As an international company, we have a responsibility to observe human rights globally. We are committed to our responsibility to respect human rights – above all, this means ensuring that none of our business activities violates human rights within our sphere of influence. To this end, we need to find out which measures for protecting human rights at our sites are already being implemented. Using this knowledge, we can develop effective strategies, processes and support offers that have been coordinated precisely according to the conditions in individual countries and human rights risks on-site.
Our commitment to observing human rights is enshrined in our Human Rights Charter. It is oriented toward the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights and defines the expectations that we set for ourselves and our business partners. In Australia and the United Kingdom, we additionally report on the steps and measures with which we want to prevent forced labor and human trafficking in accordance with the Australia Modern Slavery Act as well as the UK Modern Slavery Act.
The treatments and solutions offered by our Healthcare business sector improve the lives of millions of people. The assistance that doctors, medical institutions and patient organizations provide for our research and development activities is very valuable to us. That is why we comply with clear and transparent standards when supporting partner organizations.
Stronger together with our partners
UN Global Compact
We are a UN Global Compact participant. We commit ourselves to ten principles based on UN conventions regarding human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption. At the same time, the UN Global Compact encourages the signatories to engage in propagating the principles.
As a signatory to the Responsible Care initiative of the chemical industry, we do more than required by law and have adopted binding standards for product responsibility, environmental protection, health and safety.
Together for Sustainability
The Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative aims to systematically assess and improve sustainability sourcing practices across the globe. The evaluation results can be used by TfS member companies who abide by all restrictions agreed upon within competition law.
We are also a member of the Chemie3 initiative. The partners of this unique alliance aim to make sustainability a core part of the chemical industry's guiding principles and to jointly drive the sector's position within the German economy as a key contributor to sustainable development.
The London Declaration is an innovative, multi-stakeholder partnership comprised of pharmaceutical companies, donor groups, implementing partners, governments and other supportive partners committed to attaining the World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 goals.
At the World Economic Forum, 22 leading global pharma companies, including our company, announced plans to launch a worldwide initiative called Access Accelerated. It aims to improve the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries.
High-tech & sustainable
Science and technology are at the heart of everything we do, driving innovations that enable us to contribute to a sustainable future.Learn more
The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out how we are contributing.Learn more
Sustainability by numbers
Key figures help us to assess how sustainable our company is. They enable us to measure our progress.Explore more