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Minimising our environmental impact

Sustainability at Hikma is about building a better business with a brighter tomorrow. As a global pharmaceutical manufacturer, environmental issues are among our priorities. Our holistic approach ranges from committing to minimising energy consumption to raising awareness of our most pressing ecological challenges. This drives our commitment to both contributing to a cleaner world and building a more efficient operating model.

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Hikma’s environmental policy key pledges:

  1. To integrate our environmental policy across the Group;
  2. To reduce our impact on climate change;
  3. To comply with environmental legislation and regulation in every country in which we operate;
  4. To strive for continuous improvement in our environmental protection; and
  5. To implement ISO 14001 or its equivalent at every production site across the Company.

We strive to protect the natural environment, focusing in particular on minimising waste, analysing carbon emissions, monitoring and reducing energy usage and minimising water consumption. We are dedicated to minimising our impact on the environment across our businesses, while at the same time meeting our corporate and business requirements to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.

Energy, waste and water

We are continuously streamlining our operations by introducing energy-saving, waste reduction and water use efficiency systems in our manufacturing facilities. Our employees receive training on reducing waste and managing resources more effectively. More and more we are applying energy-saving solutions across our businesses, such as utilising photovoltaic systems, to convert sunlight directly into electricity. We also have in place a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to better monitor and manage hazardous waste output. We encourage employees across the Group to recycle paper and plastic in line with our commitment to establish an environmentally conscious workforce. In addition, as pharmaceutical manufacturing is a water-intensive industry, we focus on minimising water consumption. We implement manufacturing processes that treat water waste for re-use in irrigation, and have installed a number of systems in our production processes that increase the efficiency of our water usage.

GHG emissions

We recognise that human health is linked to the wider environment in which we live and that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing nations, governments, businesses and citizens over future decades. Pharmaceuticals manufacturing can be an energy-intensive business and it is therefore our responsibility to understand the Company’s related environmental impacts through effective measurement, monitoring and reporting over time. Disclosing our organisational greenhouse gas emissions helps us to address a key pledge of our environment policy: to reduce our impact on climate change. We aim to uphold this through continuous development and improvement of energy conservation and efficiency initiatives, as well as employee engagement and product/process innovations throughout our business. Please see the Directors’ Report on GHG disclosure.

Green buildings

Hikma’s commitment to the environment is an integral part of its corporate responsibility strategy and is one of our business objectives. Therefore, all of Hikma’s buildings are being built in an environmentally friendly manner. For instance, our state-of-the-art lyophilised plant in Portugal is an entirely 'green' building, meeting the highest international standards.

How we’re performing

How we perform on our commitment to the environment is crucial to our business success. We have a comprehensive range of assessment and measuring criteria for our performance. We have successfully obtained the certification of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 and equivalent accreditations and undergo renewal every year at our production facilities worldwide.

We continue to deploy reporting systems that aim to reduce energy consumption, waste, carbon emissions and water consumption. Carbon emissions are scrutinised and analysis of better operational functions are considered within the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We also meet our regulatory obligation to report greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Section 7 of the United Kingdom Companies Act 2006 Regulations 2013.

Moreover, we align our environmental practices with the UN Global Compact principles and report annually in the Communication on Progress. Across the Group, there is an annual awareness campaign highlighting Hikma’s desire to reduce its environmental impact and stressing the fact that each and every employee can play a major role in this endeavour.

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