Recipharm takes a responsible approach to all aspects of our operations. We continuously aim to mitigate our impact and take advantage of any opportunities to make improvements. At Recipharm we believe that high ethical standards, accountability and good stakeholder relations create long-term benefits. This approach should be a guiding principle for all our decisions, policies and activities.

Focus areas

In 2016 we conducted our sustainability materiality analysis, including stakeholder dialogues, and identified three focus areas going forward.


Long-term success requires Recipharm to use natural resources in a sutainable manner and continuously reduce our environmental impact.

To be able to operate successfully, it is important that Recipharm have good relations with business partners and ensure sustainable and ethical conduct among suppliers.

Good corporate governances in accordance with owners' interests and delivering value to our stakeholders, such as customers and employees.

Recipharm has assigned to United Nations Global Compact and acknowledges the ten principles concerning human rights, anti corruption, labour and environment. The ten principles in UN Global Compact also serve as basis for identifying areas for further improvement.

Objectives 2019

During 2016, we carried out stakeholder dialogues on sustainability with some of our main shareholders, customers and employees. Together with a materiality analysis, these discussions were used as the basis for setting our objectives and priorities. These will remain our key focus areas for 2019.

  1. Reduce Recipharm's environmental impact: To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per employee by at least 3 per cent. To achieve ISO 14001 certification at Recipharm’s manufacturing operations in Uppsala, Masate and Brescia and start working on ISO 14001 for remaining operations in Italy and the activities in India.
  2. Supplier management: To have conducted 40 additional on-site reviews at suppliers in scope for the Supplier Code of Conduct.
  3. Develop internal governance: Guidelines will be further developed around processes for review, communication and training. Procedures for prevention of corruption will be strengthened. Work to develop internal processes to align with UN Global Compact will continue.

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Corporate social responsibility in India

Recipharm is working to minimize environmental issues by creating a sustainable energy profile in Bengaluru, India and is committed to engaging with the local communities around its facility.

Environmental impact

In 2017, Recipharm signed a 10-year agreement for solar energy at the Bengaluru plant. In combination with the use of hydro power sources, 12,000,000 kWh per annum of power are now being secured through these means. In 2018, the plant reduced its CO2 emissions by approximately 10,800 metric tonnes, with these changes expected to take full effect during 2019. The use of biofuels in boiler operation has eliminated the use of fossil fuels in the region of 940 metric tons and has reduced 2,900 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The Bengaluru plant works on a concept of zero discharge. The facility has in-house wastewater treatment capabilities, using treated water for internal site gardening. As part of its green initiatives, Recipharm has also planted over 4,000 trees in the local community and in the areas surrounding nearby schools.

Social engagement

Recipharm has been working closely with employees at Bengaluru to deliver education and skills workshops in mathematics, science and computer science in local schools. The organisation has also established an academic excellence awards programme for its employees’ children.

In 2019, Recipharm has continued to support the local community of Bengaluru by working closely with government schools to provide basic amenities and healthcare to schools and its students. Projects funded by Recipharm’s donations include:

  • Installation of desks for disabled students 
  • Supplying new computers to enhance the skills of students 

As part of our CRS activity, Recipharm will continue to support the development of amenities and facilities of the following schools: 

  • Govt. Higher Primary School, T. Begur, Nelamangala.
  • Govt. Middle School, Thonachinakuppe, near company.
  • Govt. Middle School, T. Begur, Nelamangala.
  • Govt. High School, T.Begur, Nelamangala.
Skill development programme

As part of the Skill  India Initiative, Recipharm has recruited students from rural areas onto a development scheme to deliver training in areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing, packing, engineering and warehousing. Established in 2016, the three-year programme will see successful students awarded a BVoc (Bachelor of Vocational Education) degree in pharmaceutical manufacturing. menities and facilities, while working to instigate long-term, sustainable change in the Bengaluru community.