Planet in action – Our approach

Responding to a changing world

As we enter a new decade, climate change and
the state of our natural world are high on many agendas. At the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual gathering of global leaders in government, industry and society in January 2020, there was full recognition that we have entered the age of climate crisis. A human-induced 0.9o C increase in global temperatures since pre-industrial times is on course to hit a 2.0o C increase without rapid action to cut emissions. Images of raging bushfires in Australia, extreme floods, droughts, and warmest ever temperatures recorded in many countries mean that it is no longer ‘business as usual’.

The implications of this for business and society are clear: risk and uncertainty, depletion of biodiversity and loss of natural resources. Critically, the public spirit, and a whole new generation of young people have increasingly taken to the streets to protest about a future they view as compromised by the present. As a company whose core business is about creating and nurturing those future generations, there is no more compelling a reason for action.

 

Our commitment

In Ferring, we are committed to minimising our environmental footprint wherever and however we can. This means reducing our carbon footprint, transitioning to more sustainable sources of energy and protecting natural resources. Beyond our direct operations and supply chains, this also means supporting and encouraging employees to do the same where they can in their communities.

A new decade demands that we make fresh commitments to ourselves, our employees and the planet, to support and nurture the natural world, of which we are an integral part.

Our policies and processes

Ferring has a set of policies and processes that guide our efforts to reduce our impacts. These take inspiration from three Global Compact Principles: a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and development of environmentally-friendly technology.

  • Continuous improvements against clear targets for energy, CO2 reduction, water, waste and packaging.
  • ISO standards and audits across all manufacturing sites to optimise efficiencies.
  • A culture of learning and improving for all colleagues on environment, health and safety.

 

Magali Gavillet, Senior Assistant, on World Environment Day 2019.

As part of our Leadership through Safety programme, we are striving to create a culture where safety is a value and our teams take ownership. We engage in dialogue on the shopfloor to get Awareness of safety hazards and behaviours, Agree on how to improve and put it into Action (AAA)

Reducing our CO2 footprint – Israel

Bio-Technology General (BTG), a Ferring Company, still represents a significant amount of our total greenhouse gas emissions due to low availability of renewables in the country. However, through a range of improvement projects it has contributed significantly to our overall performance with a 56% reduction of CO2 since 2010.

The main energy consumption at BTG is used for air conditioning. In 2019, as a result of optimised regulation and replacement of air handling units (AHU), improvements and installation of a new chiller, the facility achieved a reduction of 245 tons of CO2 emissions.

The facility also introduced a new heating mechanism for biological waste deactivation which uses residual heat from deactivated biological waste. This saves approximately 25 tons of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) per year, lowering emissions by 75 tons annually.

Team environment day – Switzerland

In October 2019 our Swiss marketing and sales team spent a morning on the streets of a nearby town (Baar) collecting waste. In the afternoon the team visited an incineration plant “Renergia” in Perlen where they saw how waste was burned and converted into usable energy to power a neighbouring paper mill. The plant provides a constant energy supply, replacing the usage of 40 million litres of oil – equating to a reduction of 90,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. This activity raised the team’s awareness of both the power of community effort, and the importance of applying the circular economy principle to waste and energy.

Our everyday behaviours and actions, collaboration, innovative approaches, as well as a change in mindset, are key to the success of our sustainability strategy.

Caroline Serra
Global EHS Director