All Along the Value Chain
We are contributing to a future where more people have access to innovative medicine. Running our business operations in accordance with human rights and the principles of sustainability is the foundation of our corporate responsibility efforts. Our internal guidelines and processes are oriented toward minimizing our environmental impact in an economically and socially appropriate way.
Our fundamental principles include:
- Transparency regarding potential and actual impact from our business activity
- Open dialog with our stakeholders
- Incorporation into our value chain
- Conscious procurement
- Continuous improvement in approaching responsibility
We expect our business partners to operate with the same highly ethical standards.
Sartorius’ Corporate Responsibility strategy is an integral part of our overall strategy. A Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee meets annually. At the meeting led by our Chief Executive Officer, senior-level managers and steering committee members discuss the current sustainability and responsibility issues, data structure and collection, derivation of objectives, and action items.
We are committed to upholding human rights and advocate preservation throughout our sphere of influence. As a pharmaceutical industry supplier, we see our greatest opportunities for influence in the area of employee rights, such as freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Another area of focus is making medical products more available. The company rejects all forms of forced, compulsory or child labor. As a business partner, we act with integrity and fairness in dealing with competitors, suppliers and customers.
Sartorius adheres to the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest initiative for human rights, work standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption. Our internal guidelines, such as our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct, were created from the aforementioned sources.
The reputation of Sartorius and trust of our customers, employees, investors, business partners and the public rely upon the behavior of each individual working as a representative of the company. We adhere to legal standards with a sense of responsibility and integrity. Management must lead by example and make decisions in an ethically and socially compliant manner.
With more than 9,000 suppliers and a purchasing volume equaling roughly half of our revenues, the significance of our supply chain is clear when it comes to taking on responsibility for human rights, environmental and social standards. Accordingly we expect our suppliers to operate with highly ethical standards.
Corruption undermines the trust that all stakeholders involved in the economic circuit have in the integrity and functional capability of the economic system and, moreover, causes considerable economic damage. This detrimental effect is why it is unacceptable to tolerate corruption.
Confidential Reporting Services
An internal system is available for reporting suspicious circumstances involving potential compliance violations anonymously. In addition to standard methods for reporting compliance-related concerns to the Compliance Department or individual managers, Sartorius added a Whistleblower Portal to enable employees, suppliers, customers and partners to report any potentially damaging conduct. This specially secured portal is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week through an external provider that specializes in securely handling confidential data.