AT STALLERGENES GREER “WE BUILD TRUST WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS EVERY DAY”.
The governance pillar of our corporate responsibility approach includes five key programme commitments which illustrate our commitment to maintaining the highest business standards and responsible business practices.
We are committed to conducting business with integrity, carrying out our operations in a responsible manner and we promote transparency and ethics in the way we do business.
Our corporate responsibility strategy is supported by our Executive Committee and our Board of Directors is regularly informed of its progress.
Our contribution to the UN SDGs
DEPLOY A COMMITTED CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOVERNANCE
Structure the management of our corporate responsibility programme and objectives
A dedicated committee was set up in 2021 to assess the Group’s corporate responsibility maturity level and define the strategic orientations and objectives of Stallergenes Greer’s policy.
Stallergenes Greer’s Corporate Responsibility Committee comprises seven members of the Executive Committee, and the Head of Communication and Corporate Responsibility who chairs the committee. The Group’s corporate responsibility programme is sponsored by the General Counsel who is also the Secretary to the Board of Directors. The committee ensures strategic alignment, coordinates action plans and is responsible for raising awareness and mobilising our colleagues on related issues.
Include corporate responsibility matters in strategic projects and project management training
Because corporate responsibility considerations must be addressed at the initiation of strategic projects, a module has been incorporated in our project management software (refer to Environment section of this report) to notably address environmental issues. In addition, to raise awareness on topics pertaining to corporate responsibility and their importance, a specific training was developed for project managers.
To date, 23 managers have followed the dedicated training programme and the objective is for all project managers to complete the programme.
INTEGRATE SUSTAINABILITY AS A SHARED VALUE ACROSS THE ORGANISATION
Develop a corporate responsibility awareness programme for our people
We know that we can rely on our people to transform our corporate responsibility objectives into concrete actions on a daily basis.
To empower our employees to make a difference every day, in 2023, Stallergenes Greer will launch a Groupwide corporate responsibility awareness programme. Online sessions will be held each year to familiarise the teams with corporate responsibility, foster engagement on the topic and provide them with the skills and tools to become active participants in Care Beyond Allergy.
INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA IN OUR RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS
Environmental risk mapping
Because environmental change is a source of risks, Stallergenes Greer has included environmental risk in its mapping. A dedicated task force has been created to evaluate the Group’s vulnerability to climate change (drought, heatwaves, etc.) as well as to transition risks (market, legal, etc.) and develop a mitigation plan.
Non-financial risk mapping will be updated every year.
IMPLEMENT A RESPONSIBLE PROCUREMENT POLICY
We are currently in the process of implementing a responsible procurement policy. Key steps include a corporate responsibility audit tool of our supplier database, the development of a correction plan to address potential deficiencies. A Responsible Procurement Charter will be drawn up and corporate responsibility principles will be included in future tendering process, including requests for proposals with the sheltered sector.
MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS BY CONDUCTING BUSINESS WITH INTEGRITY
Meeting high standards through strict policies and processes
Stallergenes Greer’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, adopted by the Board of Directors, serves as a foundation for how we conduct business when performing our day-to-day job responsibilities. The Code of Ethics and Business Conduct promotes honest and ethical conduct among all individuals employed by or associated with Stallergenes Greer. Stallergenes Greer’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, distributed to each employee, is available on the Group’s intranet in eight languages and on Stallergenes Greer’s corporate website.
Maintaining these high standards contributes to building trust with our partners and supports our performance. In addition to its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, Stallergenes Greer has also developed and disseminated throughout the Group specific policies related to anti-corruption, antitrust, whistleblowing, conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality.
Compliance training for all
Stallergenes Greer provides numerous training courses to its employees, among them three specific compliance training courses, which are mandatory for all employees worldwide. All courses are validated by a quiz:
- Conflict of Interest in the US and Anti-corruption for the Europe and International region: to better understand our policy, and strengthen competencies required to avoid any actual or perceived risk of impropriety or corruption.
- Gifts and Hospitality: to better understand our policy. Role plays are used to comprehend its application in concrete situations.
- Code of Ethics and Business Conduct: “reading” assistance to better comprehend the Code, its use and function.
These training courses must be carried out by each new employee within a month following his/her arrival. Renewal sessions are scheduled every two years by the IT department via our training platforms and must be completed within a two-month timeframe.
Implement a third-party evaluation screening platform
As part of its daily business, Stallergenes Greer collaborates, exchanges and works with third parties such as suppliers, agents, consultants, distributors, etc. We must remain vigilant and ensure the integrity of current and potential third parties. A Third Party Assessment Policy has been developed and an assessment platform will be progressively deployed, starting with the Europe and International region in 2023.
Stallergenes Greer is a strong advocate of personal data protection, and we take careful steps to ensure that personal data protection rules and principles are applied to secure the trust we have built with our stakeholders. Our compliance programme serves as a framework to help comply with personal data protection laws. This programme, which includes policies, directives, procedures, and practical guides, is led by Stallergenes Greer’s Data Protection Officer (DPO), who reports to the General Counsel. Quarterly reports are presented to the Board of Directors. E-learning platforms and in person data protection training modules on personal data protection have been implemented to raise large-scale awareness of our employees.
“Medicines contribute to preserving and restoring the most precious thing in life: health and quality of life. As a pharmaceutical company, we actively participate in the health and well-being of populations and take ownership of the responsibility that comes with it. It is our duty to be exemplary and act with a high degree of integrity.”