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 builds on commitment to eliminating environmental issues and prioritising social engagement in India. Recipharm is actively working to create a sustainable energy profile and boost community engagement in Bengaluru, India.

Recipharm have 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. Electricity currently accounts for approximately half of Bengaluru’s energy use, primarily for the ventilation systems required to control the facility’s indoor environments. Heat generation for manufacturing processes accounts for the remaining energy usage, achieved via the combustion of biomass pellets. 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 waste water treatment capabilities, with treated water being used 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 2018, Recipharm also supported the community in Bengaluru by working with local government schools to provide basic amenities and healthcare. Projects funded by Recipharm’s donations include:

  • Construction of toilets and hand wash facilities
  • Construction of a government school kitchen as part of a free mid-day meal scheme provided by local state government
  • Distribution of school desks, computers and uniforms
  • Organisation of a health awareness camp for local residents in Teppada Begur village
  • Promoting study and education with financial incentives for local villages whose schools have excelled in public examinations

Recipharm will continue to support the development of amenities and facilities, while working to instigate long-term, sustainable change in the Bengaluru community.

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.