Environmental Sustainability

Our purpose of making life better includes protecting and preserving the world we live in.

We’re Minimising Our Environmental Impact.

Making medicines requires the use of valuable resources including energy, water and raw materials. We’re committed to continually improving our environmental impact across our product life cycles and supply chain – with a focus on addressing climate change, waste and water security.

2030 Environmental Goals

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Climate

Carbon neutral in our own operations. 100% renewable electricity. Enhance full value-chain emissions reporting.

Energy And Environment Waste

Waste

Zero waste to landfills. 100% of plastic waste repurposed for beneficial use. Integrate sustainability into product and packaging design.

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Water

No impact to water-stressed areas. No impact from pharmaceuticals in the environment.

Our work in Ireland

Since we arrived in Kinsale in 1978, the company has been committed to respecting our local environment. To deliver on our commitment, we’ve established environmental programmes to monitor the quality of the ambient air, the flora and fauna and the local marine habitat. At our request, a study of the Kinsale Harbour has been independently maintained by the National University of Ireland, Galway for over thirty years. It is now one of the longest-term studies of marine coastline and habitat conducted anywhere in the world and it demonstrates that our manufacturing operations have not adversely impacted on marine life over that period. 

We are also a member of the internationally recognised ‘Responsible Care initiative’ which aims to drive continuous improvement in Environmental, Health and Safety performance, by meeting and exceeding legislative and regulatory compliance requirements, and by adopting cooperative and voluntary initiatives with government and other stakeholders. 

The Kinsale ‘Live4Life’ programme - which focuses on Safety, Fitness, Health and Wellbeing - relies on employee involvement and leadership for its success. Based on employee feedback, 2019 saw the addition of environmental sustainability to the Wellbeing pillar of the programme. A dedicated group of employees have now established an environmental sustainability team that is focused on conserving and enhancing biodiversity, reducing the use of commodities and minimising waste, promoting green travel and building awareness on more sustainable living.

Global Business Solutions, Little Island

GBS Cork remains dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint. Through the provision of subsidised public and private transportation schemes and car-pooling initiatives, only 65% of employees bring a car to work. The recent addition of EV charging stations is another step towards cleaner and greener motoring to and from our Little Island campus.

As our campus has grown, so too has our usage of renewable solar energy, while single-use plastic cups are no longer permitted onsite. Instead employees and visitors are presented with reusable cups-for-life and all takeaway food containers are biodegradable.

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