Sustainability in Procurement Practices

At Roche, sustainability is a core part of our ethos. We are committed to operating in ways that enhance society and the environment, and this commitment includes the behavior of our suppliers. Roche Procurement supports the Roche mission, Doing Now What Patients Need Next, by partnering with our suppliers to achieve sustainability.

Our Sustainable Procurement principles define supplier operating standards in the areas of environmental responsibility, human rights, responsible labor practices, and clear governance.

In order to enhance and accelerate Roche’s Sustainable Procurement activities, supplier collaboration is imperative. We partner with our Suppliers to identify opportunities that can improve compliance, safety and innovation and create value for the entire supply chain. This is achieved through environmental stewardship, Greenhouse Gas reduction, protection of Vulnerable Populations (e.g. children; underage workers; migrants; indigenous peoples; local underprivileged communities; and people with low levels of education), advocating for diversity and inclusion, and increased supply chain transparency.

Sustainable Procurement also means that Procurement advocates for and enables Roche to work with responsible suppliers. In this way, we are able to use our reputation and credibility to make a positive impact on environmental and social issues.

Green Suppliers

Roche has set a goal to increase business with suppliers who make their environmental, energy, and safety goals and certifications publicly available. We call these our Green Suppliers.

Green Suppliers make environmental stewardship part of their business model, publicly disclose science based targets and have received one or more of the following certifications:

ISO: 9001, 13485, 14001, 18001, 5001, 16001, 22301
OHSAS: 18001
FSSC: 2200
BS: 10012
Carbon Disclosure Project reporting
Energy Star rating

Partnering with Suppliers & Startups for Innovation

Innovation is key aspect of sustainability at Roche, ensuring that we continually evolve and adapt to consistently deliver to our patients what they need next. Access to innovation is facilitated in a large part by our value chain, with start-ups more often than not holding the key to unlocking potential. The Roche Global Procurement team have worked to re-establish processes; designed to assess, quantify, monitor and mitigate the risks of start-up engagement, whilst focusing on faster, simpler and more agile ways to onboard. This in turn allows business stakeholders to survey the market and add value through start-up expertise.

The ‘Start-Up Portal’ was established in 2020, allowing interested start-ups to actively register their interest in working with Roche. Due diligence can be undertaken that is fit for purpose (not a full financial health assessment) therefore preventing traditional bottlenecks in onboarding procurement.

The result? Mutually beneficial partnerships with industry leading and innovative companies, working together with Roche to provide sustainable solutions that will ultimately benefit our patients and society at large.

To register as a start-up looking to work with Roche – please read more about our Partnering for Innovation Summit

Supplier Recognition

Successful supplier partnerships at Roche require an equal, open and transparent relationship, with honest feedback being a two-way process. Roche is also committed to giving credit to our supplier’s where it is due. Internally, regular google+ posts are released bringing to the attention of our Global Procurement teams the suppliers that have demonstrated outstanding loyalty, commitment and partnering. At the annual supplier day, awards are given out to deserving winners in the areas of exceptional sustainability achievements, successful and solid partnerships, and for demonstrating innovative and exclusive solutions.

2020 saw unprecedented challenges as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It was during this time that we saw a huge number of suppliers go above and beyond to ensure business continuity, agile and innovative response, and gold star customer service. These suppliers are being formally recognized, and held out as the best practice benchmark in serving both Roche and our customers. In addition, the annual supplier awards for 2020 will welcome a new category for exceptional dedication to ensuring business continuity, for that one supplier who stood out from all the rest in going the extra mile.

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