Sustainability at Roche
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

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.

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.

Society

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.

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Improving access to healthcare

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

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A dynamic workplace

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Philanthropy

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.

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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.

Environment

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.

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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.

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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).

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

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

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Achieving zero emissions

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

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

Adopting circular product solutions

Product stewardship

We seek to minimise the health, safety, and environmental impact of our products, services, and devices.

Resources and raw materials for product solutions

We strive in all our activities to use natural resources wisely and improve energy efficiency.

Recycling and waste management

We are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling the waste generated throughout our operations.

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

Managing Value Chain Environmental Impact

Sustainability in procurement practices

Our commitment to sustainability stretches beyond our own business practices – it also includes ensuring our suppliers’ approach to sustainability aligns with Roche’s.

Procurement goals and performances

Our procurement goals and performance align with the Roche Group Strategy and ensure the sustainable supply of medicines and diagnostics to our patients.

Resources and raw materials in the value chain

We also invite our suppliers to work jointly with us on improving supply chain sustainability.

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.

Economy

Innovation

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

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Sustainable growth

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

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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.

Sustainability performance

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.

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Key performance indicators and reporting

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

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Materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement

We build trust through materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement, embedding garnered insights into our strategy and business objectives to better fulfill our purpose.

GRI index

Reporting in accordance with standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) ensures we conform to accepted reporting norms and meet the needs of all our stakeholders.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Set up by the United Nations, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define goals for a world where no one is left behind. We support the SDGs in line with our business strategy.

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.

Sustainability governance

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.

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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.

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Partnering with patients

Our close collaboration with patients and caregivers offers us invaluable insight into their experience and broadens our understanding of diseases.

Partnering with suppliers

We work closely with our suppliers and service providers to better create, enhance and deliver sustainable value.

Engaging with policy makers

By continuously engaging with policy makers, we ensure Roche creates long-term impact not only for patients, but society as a whole.

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