Outsourced manufacture

With significant externalisation of manufacturing activity in line with our business strategy, we recognise the importance of working with suppliers to ensure they have ethical standards that are consistent with our own. This incorporates setting environmental standards and working to minimise the environmental footprint of our supply chain.

Our approach

Since 2005 we have been working with key drug substance suppliers to measure and report the environmental impact of the manufacturing activity they carry out on our behalf. In line with the SHE Strategy adopted in 2010 we have continued this work to report the environmental footprint associated with outsourced drug substance manufacture (intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients) and now have performance improvement targets in place with prioritised suppliers. In 2012 this work was extended to include our key formulation and packing suppliers.

The environmental measures we have selected at this time are waste generation, CO2 emissions from energy use and, from 2010, water use.

In addition we understand, and take seriously, concerns about the detections of trace amounts of pharmaceutical residues in the environment. You can read more about  our approach here. In 2011 we started sharing our Environmental Reference Concentration (ERC) concept with key outsourced manufacturing partners enabling them to assess risk and manage any emissions of the APIs they manufacture or formulate on our behalf.

Our performance

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