Sustainability

Sustainability is a key strategic foundation for Bachem. We are committed to sustainability by taking responsibility towards our employees, the society, and the environment. We are convinced that ethically correct behavior and integrity are essential for long-term business success and therefore continuously monitor and improve our social, economic, and environmental performance.

Key contributor to the healthcare industry: We make an important contribution to society by working daily to help our customers achieving breakthrough medical advances that transform patients’ lives. As a partner to pharma- and biotechnology companies worldwide, Bachem is an essential part of the global supply chain of medicines. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Bachem increased manufacturing of Propofol, a small molecule API frequently used as an anaesthetic in the treatment of Covid-19 patients. Bachem also contributed peptides for diagnostic material to detect Covid-19.

CSR Management: Bachem operates a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management system based on the relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and our Code of Conduct. We have maintained our commitment to the chemical industry’s voluntary Responsible Care® program for more than two decades to achieve excellence in sustainability and we continuously improve our manufacturing processes following the principles of Green Chemistry.

CSR Targets: As part of its CSR approach, Bachem has committed to making measurable improvements in four key areas:

  • Energy Consumption: Reduce in energy consumption per FTE by 20% by 2026
  • Occupational Health & Safety: Reduce Lost Time Incident Rate to ≤ 1.0 by 2026
  • Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Halve GHG emissions per FTE by 2026 and achieve climate neutrality by 2030
  • Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Increase proportion of women in workforce & management by 10% by 2026 and reflect the local communities we are part of in Bachem’s workforce

EcoVadis rating: In 2022 the Bachem group has been awarded a glold medal rating for sustainability by EcoVadis, putting it among the 5% most sustainable companies assessed by EcoVadis and among the top 2% of companies in the pharmaceutical supplier sector. Bachem was already recognized by EcoVadis in 2021, at that time with a silver rating. The rating recognizes the company’s performance in areas such as the environment, sustainable procurement, and labor and human rights.

Bachem is committed to its responsibility towards employees and customers, the society and environment. Following the principles described in the Code of Conduct, Bachem stands by the values of integrity, honesty and fairness in running a global business. The Company has upheld its commitment to the Responsible Care® program for over two decades, promoting responsible handling of resources and risks, and making a key contribution to sustainability. This initiative, the only one of its kind in the world, drives continual improvement in the health, safety and environmental performance of chemical companies with global operations, often going well beyond legal requirements. In order to further improve its performance as an attractive employer, safeguard the environment, act ethically and guarantee the highest quality of products and services, Bachem implemented a CSR Management System in 2020.

Initiated by an in-depth materiality analysis conducted in 2019, involving key stakeholders, and an alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) most relevant to its business, the CSR Management System will lead the way for an improved sustainability performance. 

Sustainability Report

Bachem integrates non-financial sustainability information in its Annual Report. The report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. It has not been externally assured. The GRI Content Index can be downloaded by clicking on the corresponding link.

SDG 3: ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

As the Group provides a full range of services to the pharma and biotech industries, specializing in the development of innovative, efficient manufacturing processes and the reliable production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, Bachem enables its customers, in a spirit of partnership, to improve health and increase life expectancy.

SDG 4: ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

Bachem’s performance is predicated on the very high educational achievements of the Workforce at every level. In addition to the professional qualifications acquired through a vocational apprenticeship or university degree programs, the Company attaches great importance to providing employees with training and continuing education. The Group continuously increases the number of youths and adults who have relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship

SDG 8: PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH,
FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL

Bachem is fully committed to improving its triple bottom line in an accounting framework with social, environmental and economical aspects. However, we are also aware that the economic performance achieved together with the customers is the driving force behind sustainable development. Therefore, the Company puts a strong focus on continuous growth through innovation, creating attractive jobs in a safe and secure working environment, and contributing to the regional economies operated within.

SDG 12: ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS

Bachem aims to contribute to the overall goal of decoupling economic growth from adverse impacts on human health and the environment. The safety of employees and the surrounding communities is consequently of fundamental interest to the Company. This includes a sound management of chemicals, reducing their release to air, water and soil as well as the reduction of waste generated.

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