Publications & Positions

Here you will find reportings, documents and positions on sustainability topics.





Policies & Positions


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.

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Sartorius condemns Russia’s aggression against sovereign Ukraine. We stand by the Ukrainian people who suffer from the deaths of their family members and the immense devastation of their country.

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Corporate Guidelines

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.

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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.

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Local Guidelines

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The Declaration on Minimum Wage is available in German only.

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Sustainable Supply Chain Management

With roughly 8,000 suppliers from more than 40 countries and a purchasing volume equivalent to more than 40% of turnover, Sartorius’ supply chain plays a significant role in the company’s sustainability transformation. For this reason, the Group expects suppliers and their suppliers to comply with sustainability standards and to promote sustainability.

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The Code of Conduct for Business Partners is also available in the following languages:

It is important to engage and communicate with our suppliers transparently. This is why we use a multistage approach to maintain sustainability in our production and purchasing processes.

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Respecting human rights, setting high standards for protecting the environment, and ensuring good, safe and fair working conditions in manufacturing our products is important to us beyond our own production facilities.

Sartorius is a member of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) PSCI (, a group of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies who share a vision of better social, health, safety and environmental outcomes in the communities where we buy.

The PSCI supplier audit program defines common assessment tools and promotes audit sharing to reduce burden on the industry and drive continuous improvement.

Unconditional compliance with the relevant law and internal regulations is a top priority and an integral part of the values of Sartorius AG (“Sartorius” in the following). This includes the responsible treatment of human rights and the environment. Against this background, Sartorius takes the obligations of the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains and the German Whistleblower Protection Act very seriously.

Sartorius opposes any violation of human rights or the environment in its own business areas and along the supply chain.

1. Whistleblowing and complaints

Sartorius encourages open and transparent communication and fosters a speak-up culture with the goal of promptly identifying and addressing any shortcomings and preserving public trust.

Sartorius undertakes to identify and remedy any defects immediately. To achieve this Sartorius maintains a reliable, user-friendly, and effective complaints procedure. This procedure serves as an early alert system and enables Sartorius to implement preventive measures or remedial actions to end, mitigate, or prevent risks or violations of Sartorius’ policies or applicable laws.

Anyone inside or outside Sartorius (including, but not limited to, employees of direct or indirect suppliers) may file a complaint. Whistleblowers may remain anonymous.

Any indications of possible violations of laws and/or applicable regulations (e.g. the Sartorius Code of Conduct for Employees or the Code of Conduct for Business Partners) or of human rights or environmental risks or violations can be reported through the whistleblowing and complaints procedure.

Sartorius is committed to ensuring that (potential) reporters who submit reports or complaints in good faith do not face retaliation. Sartorius will leverage its influence on business partners along the supply chain to protect their employees, to the extent possible, from any form of retaliation.

Sartorius will thoroughly investigate any report and involve the reporter appropriately throughout the process. The handling of the report will be conducted in a fair, neutral, and independent manner.

To uphold confidentiality, both the identity of the reporter and the contents of the report will be kept strictly confidential, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Sartorius complies with all relevant data privacy laws and regulations.

2. Reporting channels

Sartorius implemented the following reporting channels covering various languages and being available around the clock. Via the following reporting channels everybody can make a complaint.

In addition the Compliance Teams of the Legal Affairs & Compliance division, the Chief Compliance Officer and the respective managers are available as contact person.

3. Further information

For additional information, please refer to the rules of procedure.

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