Sustainability at Roche

Sustainability is built into our business strategy and part of everyone’s job at Roche.

Our purpose is to do now what patients need next. How we identify and meet those needs − what we do every day − must be sustainable if we are to succeed. It is why sustainability is built into our business strategy and part of everyone’s job at Roche.

Our approach is holistic and integrates the three dimensions of sustainability.

  • Society: how we contribute to a better tomorrow for all

  • Environment: how we minimise our impact on nature

  • Economy: how we invest in medical advances, create jobs and ensure livelihoods


We contribute to a better society by enabling the right treatment for the right patient at the right time for the right value. We do this by developing new medicines and ways of diagnosing disease and insights from data.

Advancing healthcare

Since the founding of our company, we have been developing innovative solutions for a wide range of chronic and life threatening health conditions that continue to revolutionise healthcare.

Improving access to healthcare

Our approach to increasing access to healthcare ensures our life-changing solutions reach people around the world.

Embracing uniqueness

Our people are at the heart of who we are. We prioritise employee safety, health and development while encouraging a workplace environment that embraces inclusion, integrity, mutual respect and equal opportunities for all.

While safety and health always come first, we are committed to provide an increasingly diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects our local communities around the world.

Protecting the health and safety of our people while enhancing their wellbeing is a top priority. At Roche, we recognise a safe workplace as a human right, and are committed to preventing and mitigating identified risks.

We depend on the contributions of our talented workforce who drive our progress while also providing opportunities to develop and grow.

Protecting Human Rights

We respect and support the human rights of every person we reach and ensure they are rigorously embedded into every aspect of our business.


Our pledge to create positive and sustainable social value goes beyond healthcare. We are dedicated to making a lasting impact on society by building stronger and healthier communities.

Cooperation with healthcare professionals - Working collaboratively towards healthcare advances

Working collaboratively towards healthcare advances


Respect for a healthy planet and the environment has always been a priority of our founding families and the company. We are committed to halving the environmental impact of our operations and products from 2019 to 2029.

Our goals and impact

We can help mitigate and overcome today’s most pressing environmental issues by setting realistic but ambitious goals and continuously measuring and monitoring our total environmental impact.

Risk management and prevention

Protecting the environment is integral to our operations. Devoting special attention to prevention by reducing risks is key to effective environmental management.

Our approach to mitigating climate change

Reducing the effects of climate change is a pillar of our commitment to the environment. We seek to help counter the negative impacts of global warming by reducing our air and water emissions and continuously monitoring and managing our environmental impact.

We thoroughly analyse and manage climate change risks as an integral part of our environmental risk management in order to avoid, reduce or mitigate these negative impacts. For our analysis we follow the TCFD framework (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

One of our top priorities remains lowering our air emissions and water contamination and reaching absolute zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

We recognise climate change as one of the largest global risks and are committed to addressing it as a matter of urgency.

Achieving zero emissions

A clear vision of achieving absolute zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 without compensating and off-setting emissions.

Adopting circular product solutions

Minimising environmental impacts of our products throughout their lifecycle by developing and using circular solutions.

Product stewardshipResources and raw materials for product solutionsRecycling and waste management

Managing Value Chain Environmental Impact

Supporting our suppliers to decarbonise their operations and processes, reducing their emissions for our mutual benefit.

Sustainability in procurement practicesProcurement goals and performancesResources and raw materials in the value chain


Our business must meet the needs of patients and continue creating quality jobs that provide people and their families with secure livelihoods, while earning competitive returns for our investors.


Driven by a passion and curiosity for science, we address some of the most urgent challenges in healthcare by developing tomorrow’s solutions.

Sustainable growth

Creating value for all stakeholders wherever they are, and competitive returns for investors who provide the capital to fund innovation.

Sustainability performance

Transparency and accountability are essential to maintain trust and fulfil our purpose. We measure our sustainability performance against our time-bound goals, reporting publicly to promote transparency and improve our business everywhere we operate.

Our approach to reporting

Our sustainability performance is included in our annual report, providing a holistic view of our business performance and reflecting the way we integrate sustainability in our operations.

Key performance indicators and reporting

A guide to our non-financial reporting and key performance indicators which are reflective of our material sustainability issues.

ESG Index

A comprehensive overview to navigate through our sustainability initiatives & reporting across the three pillars of ESG: Environment, Society and Governance.

Materiality assessment and stakeholder engagementGRI indexUN Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability governance

Our governance structure enables us to advance our sustainability agenda, ensuring close alignment with our business strategy while maintaining a close level of engagement with our external stakeholders.

Our approach to sustainability governance

Sustainability is integrated into Roche’s corporate vision, values, operating standards and guidelines. This approach means no single department is responsible for managing sustainability. Instead, all employees are encouraged to integrate sustainable practices in their work.

Stakeholder engagement

We engage regularly and systematically with our internal and external stakeholders to understand their needs and build mutual trust. We ensure that we address legitimate interests of our stakeholders to make informed decisions on how we run our business.

Partnering with patientsPartnering with suppliersEngaging with policy makers
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