2013 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report builds on a long history of CR and reporting
Report uses new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation
Report features increased transparency on key areas including human resources, supply chain and ethics
Basel, July 9, 2014- Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report reflects the best-in-class reporting standard, the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G4 guidelines, one year in advance of required implementation.
"Our corporate responsibility work is embedded in our business strategy, which is to use science-based innovation to improve patient health around the world. This would not be possible without ensuring trust among our stakeholders," said Joseph Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis. "We understand and respect the need to build trust through greater transparency and disclosure."
The Performance Report enhances the company's transparency in several key areas, including in human resources, supply chain and ethics, and aims to meet the needs and expectations of CR professional audiences by offering easy access to key data. The report also details progress against Novartis priorities, defined following a CR materiality analysis completed in 2013.
"We are proud of our progress in 2013 to help improve access to medicine and do business in a responsible way," said Juergen Brokatzky-Geiger, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility. "We take this responsibility very seriously - because it's the right thing to do for society and the right thing to do for our business."
The company has a strong history of CR activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment to corporate responsibility. Novartis has publicly reported on our performance in this area since 2000 through its Annual Report and several online and printed materials. The 2013 CR Performance Report consolidates information previously published in our separate GRI; Health, Safety and Environment; and United Nations Global Compact reports. In 2013, Novartis made a number of changes to ensure more oversight of CR, including expanding the mandate of a Board of Directors committee to oversee corporate responsibility strategy and governance at the highest levels of the company.
The GRI's fourth generation of CR reporting guidelines, G4, were launched in May 2013. They emphasize the need for companies to focus on the process of identifying topics that are material for corporate responsibility in their specific business and among their key stakeholders.
Highlights of Novartis achievements in 2013 include:
Provided medicine to more than 100 million patients as well as health education, infrastructure development and other programs to another 8.1 million people worldwide
Developed affordable vaccines for typhoid and paratyphoid A fevers, through the Novartis Vaccines Institute for Global Health
Joined Malaria No More's Power of One campaign and committed to donate up to 1 million pediatric antimalarial treatments every year through 2015
Reached 4.5 million people with health education through "Healthy Family" Social Ventures in India, Kenya and Vietnam; programs recognized through several industry awards
Worked with leading leprosy experts through the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development to develop a new strategy to help eliminate the disease
Completed a best-in-class materiality assessment - based on surveys and interviews with approximately 100 internal and external stakeholders
Launched Responsible Procurement, a new integrated approach to ethical issues in our supply chain including labor rights, health, safety and environment, animal welfare, and anti-bribery
One of only six healthcare companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
Included in the new UN 100 Index as one of the best performing companies regarding adherence to the Global Compact's 10 principles
Reached Novartis employees worldwide with Code of Ethics training via e-learning; over 113 000 associates completed certification
Saved 2.65 million gigajoules and USD 68 million through energy projects, achieving the 2015 Novartis target two years ahead of time
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About Novartis Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2013, the Group achieved net sales of USD 57.9 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 135,000 full-time-equivalent associates and sell products in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.