Policies and practices
Our overall approach is one of continuous improvement against clear targets for energy, emission reduction, water, waste and packaging. This is supported by progressive implementation of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards and audits across all our manufacturing sites1.
We also seek to build a culture of training and education around environment, health and safety to raise awareness and engagement from colleagues across our operations globally. Our Leadership Through Safety® (LTS) training is one example of how we aim to embed this culture at all levels.
We fully endorse the three Global Compact Principles that relate to the environment: a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Examples of our work
World Environment Day
We celebrated World Environment Day at Ftherring Headquarters to help raise awareness of the importance of the environment for our own wellbeing, the company and the community. A series of keynote speeches, seminars, exhibitions and games encouraged understanding of how individual actions make a difference. Teams tested e-vehicles, learnt about eco-driving, and took test rides on urban, cross, and touring e-bikes. Employees were also eager to learn about the Swiss Polar Institute’s work on climate change and air pollution, actively supported by Frederik Paulsen, Chairman of Ferring.
Leadership through Safety®
The Leadership Through Safety® (LTS) programme was launched to help drive an active and transparent safety culture in Ferring across our manufacturing sites. Participants are inspired to become caring leaders through a programme and tools to drive sustainable change in self and team. A team of 16 facilitators from a range of disciplines have been trained through a train-the-trainer programme so that the initiative can be rolled out across our global operations. All employees from Product Supply are expected to participate in the programme over coming years.
EHS Velocity data management
In order to enable greater transparency and ownership of environmental, health and safety (EHS) data, Ferring has started implementing a data management system called EHS Velocity. This platform will provide an integrated solution to support business operations across the Ferring Group so that we can better manage, monitor and improve our EHS performance, ensure compliance with EHS regulations, and have better analysis of relative costs and benefits. The central management of EHS data will also help us report better to authorities, the UN Global Compact, ISO certification bodies, customers and the wider public.
‘We need to be more open about our
environmental footprint – not just
in manufacturing but the rest of the
business too – for example, the impact
of our travel. It’s important we publish
this data and make it clear where we
need to improve.’