Environment, Health, Security
Ipsen’s activities require a high level of security and a development strategy that respects the environment. The Group’s commitment is formalized through its Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy based on the ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety). This approach is part of a continuous improvement policy that places accountability at all levels of the organization.
A social and environmental responsibility policy
Environment, Health and Security (EHS) are integral components of Ipsen’s activities. Ipsen EHS policy focuses on individual accountability. Furthermore, the Group is committed to:
- design and manage its activities and its products to reduce their impact on people and the environment, consistent with ethical and compliant practices;
- minimize the risks of accidents and incidents;
- contribute to the continuous improvement of EHS performance and culture.
The Group is committed to a voluntary policy of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and has decided in 2014 to lead a certification project for its ten manufacturing and Research and Development sites. The objective is to achieve both certifications for all sites by 2017.
Ipsen’s sites at Dublin (Ireland), Les Ulis (France), Abingdon (UK), Cambridge (USA) and Wrexham (UK) have already aligned their EHS management systems with the group’s corporate standards. The Wrexham facility obtained BS 8555, attesting the implementation of its environmental management system. The site also received the Corporate Health Standard from the local authorities in recognition of its efforts to promote workplace health and the RosPA Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Customized training program
As the cornerstones of prevention program awareness campaigns and training on environment, health and safety were continued in 2014. Each site has defined its training program according to its own risks and impacts. All employees are trained to recognize the inherent risks associated with their workplace and the environmental impact of their activities. These training programs meet our 3 commitments, formalized in the EHS Code of Conduct 3S:
|Get personally involved in your own safety and that of your colleagues and in the preservation of the environment. Consistently choose the safest way.||Share your ideas and concerns regarding the environment, health and safety. Have the courage to discuss risk situations openly with others, even when they are beyond your scope of responsibility.||Look for ways to continuously improve our EHS performance. Report every “good catch” and “dangerous situations” so we can prevent future injury or environmental damage|
Our fight against climate change
The Group is committed to monitoring its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) to measure the environmental impact of its activities and implement priority measures to reduce them. In 2014, each entity conducted a first report on greenhouse gas emissions and deployed an improvement action plan. Furthermore, the Group has rolled out a number of initiatives in the past several years to reduce its carbon footprint, focusing on energy consumption in particular, including:
- conducting energy audits for industrial or Research and Development sites;
- replacement of old equipment with more energy efficient installations;
- using videoconferencing and webconferencing as an alternative to meetings requiring travel;
- gradually replacing the corporate fleet with low-CO2 emitting vehicles;
- organizing carpooling and shuttles to reduce the use of private cars
ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety)
All of our employees are trained to know how to limit risks and the impact of their activities on the environment
Commitments in our EHS code of conduct