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 into their work.
The Corporate Sustainability Committee (CSC) is responsible for developing the Group’s sustainability strategy and guidelines, and reports on related activities and progress. It is also responsible for assessing social, environmental and ethical (SEE) risks which are incorporated into the Group Risk Report. The committee’s mission, structure, procedures and relationships to other parts of the organisation are described in the
The CSC submits regular reports on its activities to
The CSC is a network of representatives from across the organisation contributing cross-divisional, cross-functional expertise in the following groups:
Core Team: representatives from each Corporate Function as well as senior managers delegated by the Heads of the Business Divisions. Responsibilities include strategic review of key issues and challenges, analyse and endorse Roche’s sustainability policies, as well as ensure support for sustainability related activities within each member’s area.
Working Group: specialists from areas relevant to Roche’s sustainability activities who provide advice and assistance for specific projects. Membership is by invitation from the CSC chairman, the CSC Core Team, or delegation from Group Management. The Working Group helps ensure a close link and increased awareness of sustainability issues through initiatives and effective communication. Among its other activities, the group is also responsible for identifying deficiencies in sustainability and proposing steps address these weaknesses.
Expert Groups: ad-hoc groups appointed by the Core Team who explore topics of current or future importance to the Roche Group, Working Group or committee the Chairman of the Corporate Sustainability Committee.
The committees also help to ensure that Roche runs its business in compliance with all applicable national and international laws. It actively engages with key groups to ensure that the views and expectations of all stakeholders are incorporated in our approach to managing sustainability.
As one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, Roche takes its obligation to meet the highest standards of business ethics and integrity very seriously. Meeting those standards is the responsibility of every employee.
To further promote and support a shared understanding, Roche has implemented a number of
Detailed guidance has been issued for example:
We make every effort to inform and train all employees, and business critical contractors on the basic business standards, including providing interactive learning solutions.
The pharmaceutical industry is governed by strict regulations and guidelines for the sale and marketing of products. Our
Our goal is to enable healthcare professionals to make decisions independently, based on all relevant data available, in order to deliver the greatest medical benefit to patients. To help us maintain good marketing practices, we expect all Roche employees to:
comply with applicable laws, regulations, industry codes and Roche standards
defend Roche’s products and interests against unfair competitive practices
seek help and advice in case of doubt
We specially train staff who interact with healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations and maintain rigorous standards of
In addition, Roche uses a Marketing and Sales Compliance questionnaire to help local line managers assess compliance and awareness of responsible marketing practices. Equally, all general managers must annually sign an “assurance declaration on compliance”, acknowledging compliance with these practices.