Environment, health and safety

Ipsen’s activities require a high level of security and a development strategy that respects the environment. The Group’s commitment is formalized through its Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy based on the ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety). This approach is part of a continuous improvement policy that places accountability at all levels of the organization.


A social and environmental responsibility policy

Environment, Health and Security (EHS) are integral components of Ipsen’s activities. Ipsen EHS policy focuses on individual accountability. Furthermore, the Group is committed to:

  • design and manage its activities and its products o reduce their impact on people and the environment, consistent with ethical and compliant practices;
  • minimize the risks of accidents and incidents;
  • contribute to the continuous improvement of EHS performance and culture.

The Group is committed to a voluntary policy of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and decided in 2014 to lead a certification project for its ten manufacturing and Research and Development sites. The objective is to achieve certifications for all sites by 2017.

Ipsen’s sites in Dublin (Ireland), Les Ulis (France), Abingdon (UK), Cambridge (USA) and Wrexham (UK) have already aligned their EHS management systems with the Group’s corporate standards. The Wrexham facility obtained BS 8555, attesting the implementation of its environmental management system. The site also received the Corporate Health Standard from the local authorities in recognition of its efforts to promote workplace health and the RosPA Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.


A customized training program

As the cornerstone of our prevention program, awareness campaigns and training on environment, health and safety are regularly conducted. Each site has defined its training program according to its own risks and impacts. All employees are trained to recognize the inherent risks associated with their workplace and the environmental impact of their activities. These training programs meet our three commitments, formalized in the EHS Code of Conduct 3S:

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Get personally involved in your own
safety and that of your colleagues and
in the preservation of the
environment. Consistently choose the
safest way.

Share your ideas and
regarding the
environment, health and safety.
Have the courage to discuss risk
situations openly with others, even
when they are beyond your scope of

Look for ways to continuously
our EHS
performance. Report every
“good catch” and “dangerous
so we can prevent
future injury or environmental


Our fight against climate change

The Group is committed to monitoring its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) to measure the environmental impact of its activities and implement priority measures to reduce them. In 2014, each Ipsen site conducted a report on greenhouse gas emissions and deployed an improvement action plan. Furthermore, the Group has rolled out a number of initiatives in the last few years to reduce its carbon footprint, focusing on energy consumption in particular, including:

  • conducting energy audits for industrial or Research and Development sites;
  • replacement of old equipment with more energy efficient installations;
  • using videoconferencing and webconferencing as an alternative to meetings requiring travel;
  • gradually replacing the corporate fleet with low-CO2 emitting vehicles;
  • organizing carpooling and shuttles to reduce the use of private cars

Regarding Article 75 of the French environmental law, Grenelle II, Ipsen published its GGE reports. The Group demonstrated its commitment to countering global warming by reporting on a wider scope than that required by law.


2014 greenhouse gas emissions result- Article 75 of the French environmental law, Grenelle II

Consult the date for the publication of our greenhouse gas emissions result for our Ipsen Pharma and Beaufour Ipsen Industrie sites by clicking on the links below:

Ipsen Pharma

Beaufour Ipsen Industrie


Our environmental actions in France


Cyclamed: collecting unused medicines to preserve our water

Ipsen supports the Cyclamed program to collect unused medicines returned to pharmacies by patients. Medicines thrown in garbage, in nature or in pipes can pollute waterways and groundwater. The Cyclamed take-back program collects unused medicines and disposes of them in dedicated incineration plants, recovering the energy produced to generate heat and lighting for homes.


Apivigilance: monitoring the environment with the help of bees

The measures taken to limit damage to the biological equilibrium, natural habitats, protected animal and plant species are integrated into environmental policy. Initiatives in this area were carried out at Signes site where Ipsen has continued to work with the GEPS (Groupement des Entreprises du Plateau de Signes) on the APIVIGILANCE program. This environmental biomonitoring system uses bees as markers of environmental quality: bees enable an ecotoxicological assessment of the immediate environment with multiple parameters as the observation of their activity, behavior and analysis of samples. These analyzes provide a quality trend of the air predominantly related to solvent use during business activity.

ISO 14001

Double certification ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety).


of our employees are trained to know how to limit risks and the impact of their activities on the environment


commitments in our EHS code of conduct