For the first time in 2019, we made a big decision: to include Environmental, Social and Governance criteria when renegotiating the conditions of our external financing facility. By doing so, we committed to meeting specific targets. In 2019 and in 2020 again, we did more than meet our targets: we exceeded them.
We are also delighted to announce that over 2019/20 we’ve been able to donate €220,000 as a global group to International Health Partners (IHP), a non-profit organization that we chose for its outstanding work bringing medicine and healthcare supplies to some of the world’s poorest and most challenging places. With this donation, IHP will be able to continue their mission of helping underserved communities receive essential healthcare supplies
Ipsen has a responsibility to society, and this was never more evident than in 2020. We responded to an unprecedented year by redoubling our efforts to support patients, communities and the planet. This donation is another illustration of Ipsen Group strategy Focus. Together. For patients and society.
Our sites in the UK
Our sites in Ireland
Carbon Footprint in the UK & Ireland:
Ipsen joined the Business Ambition for 1.5° campaign in October 2021 and is committed to science-based greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reductions. Ipsen has already started to accelerate action on climate change, with over 85% of Ipsen’s global electricity provided from renewable sources. We will halve the absolute green-house gas emissions of our facilities and fleet by 2030 compared to our 2019 performance. We will also deliver a 20% reduction in emissions across the rest of our value chain in the same period.
David Loew, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“One of the responsibilities to which I feel most deeply connected is the need to ensure that environmental sustainability, particularly minimizing our impact on climate, remains a core part of our approach. We have all seen the devastating impact of climate change. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the defining challenges of our time. The actions taken today will determine the impact felt by future generations. This is why our environmental approach is fully integrated into our strategy: Focus. Together. For patients & society”.
In the UK & Ireland, we use 100% renewable electricity across all the sites, with our Wrexham site acting as a pilot for the company’s Energy Reduction Strategy. The Energy Reduction Strategy was launched to achieve 2025 net zero targets, with the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems the main area of focus.
Additionally, another key part of our action on climate is Green IT. By adopting a greener outlook we can help avoid emissions from driving/flying between sites for meetings and considering the digital records or e-signatures instead of paper usage is another vital aspect of this. The global Unified Communication and Collaboration project has enabled our server to be much more efficient, with the change to e-mail retention policies also aiding this. One of the objectives of this programme is to reduce the data footprint by approximately 20%, through the disposal of duplicate versions, obsolete data etc. We have also moved to cloud storage with only a limited number of providers, with a commitment to action on climate also.