Recipharm takes a responsible approach to all aspects of our operations. We continuously work to mitigate our sustainability impacts and take advantage of any opportunities to maximise our positive impact. 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

We have identified three focus areas and developed relevant objectives. More information about the rationale behind our priorities is included in our GRI Appendix.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by targeting energy consumption and transportation. Our overall objective is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per employee by at least 3 per cent each year.

Our long-term goal for managing supplier sustainability performance is to establish a clear overview of all their operations in relation to our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Deliver value for our stakeholders and develop clear internal processes to ensure alignment with the UN Global Compact. To further develop guidelines around our processes for review, communication and training to strengthen procedures to prevent corruption.


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.

Outcomes in 2019

Our sustainability work helps us achieve our overall objectives and is guided by our sustainability framework. The framework ensures we make continuous improvements through clear objectives and are transparent on sustainability topics. The following outcomes were achieved in our key focus areas in 2019.

  1. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: Our greenhouse gas emissions per employee in 2019 amounted to 11.5 tonnes, a reduction of 22 per cent compared with the previous year. In 2019, 85 per cent of our manufacturing operations where certified according to ISO 14001. Our Brescia facility in Italy and Karnal and Paonta Sahib facilities in India received certification during the year.
  2. Supplier management: A total of 93 suppliers have been audited in connection to quality audits which is an increase of 31 per cent compared to last year.
  3. Develop internal governance: A cross-functional risk assessment of corruption risks has been conducted during the year, as well as establishing a mitigation plan. Actions in this plan will be implemented in 2020.

View our latest 2019 Sustainability Report >>

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
Social initiatives in northern India

Recipharm contributes to the communities around the Group’s Nitin Lifesciences facilities in Karnal and Paonta Sahib by supporting a variety of organisations – including the Helpline Charitable Trust. The trust works with a variety of initiatives that support education, health and career opportunities for under privileged and destitute children – primarily girls. Around 35 children are currently provided with accommodation, and 42 children with hearing and speech impairments receive vocational training.

The company also supports a variety of non-profit organisations that provide better access to healthcare, and educational and vocational training to disadvantaged people. Many of the initiatives have a clear focus on underprivileged children, the elderly, mentally disabled people and disadvantaged women. For example, Recipharm donates to a non-profit organisation that provides education to children in rural areas. It also supports a foundation to provide accommodation and a day-care centre to elderly homeless people and mentally disabled people.

Supporting communities in Bengaluru

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.

Other projects include tree planting, the construction of toilets, hand washing facilities and a school kitchen and the donation of school desks, computers and uniforms.

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.