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Sustainability: A year of progress

11 Apr 2022

Since Bioiberica was first established, our mission has been to improve the health of people, animals and plants worldwide. Our purpose – to take care of life sustainably through science – is driven by the desire to build a better future. In honour of this commitment, we’re launching Bioiberica’s first sustainability report – giving our partners visibility on how we’re working to create positive change today for a better tomorrow and highlighting opportunities to move forward together.

Looking ahead, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a global blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. To support this, we’re focusing our efforts on six key SDGs, where we believe we can make a real impact and create a better future for all. Read on to find out how we’re working towards these goals and what this means for our partners.

A shared commitment to sustainability

According to recent research from Deloitte, nearly 1 in 3 consumers claim to have stopped purchasing certain brands’ products because they have ethical or sustainability related concerns about them. What’s clear is that as people all over the world continue to base purchasing decisions on manufacturers’ sustainability and ethical credentials, brands need to be able to show that the businesses they partner with also satisfy these expectations. That’s why Bioiberica is committed to aligning its CSR with the UN’s SDGs – earning a commendation in 2021 from Bureau Veritas, recognising it as the first Spanish biotech/pharma company to do so. Through Bioiberica’s alignment with the SDGs – and this validation from Bureau Veritas – our customers can trust that we’re upholding the highest standards of operation across our supply chain. In addition, our circular economy model means customers can benefit from the knowledge that our ingredients are not just safe, but also sustainable.

Aligning with the UN’s SDGs: six ways Bioiberica is nurturing a sustainable future

Sustainable Development Goal

Bioiberica’s commitment

SDG 3:

Good health and wellbeing

People are our key assets, which is why we’re committed to being a leading employer in the life sciences sector. To achieve this, we continuously analyse and assess the working conditions across our company at the most basic level. Our dedicated Safety and Occupational Risk Prevention Department offers regular health and safety training to ensure our employees are happy and healthy. The Bioiberica offices have been designed to prioritise employee safety and wellness, with everything from ergonomic furniture to flexible working, which we review continually to make sure we’re always improving.

SDG 7:

Affordable and clean energy

In support of conscious energy consumption, we have developed detailed manuals to ensure Bioiberica’s consumption is as efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. The electricity at our production plant in Palafolls comes from 100% renewable sources. We also manage and optimise the consumption of energy, paper, plastics, etc. to reduce environmental impact. Likewise, we implement energy-saving best practices at our global locations and undertake preventative maintenance audits at our production sites – even assessing the energy use of our partners and suppliers.

SDG 8:

Decent work and economic growth

Achieving sustainable growth is important to us, which is why we strive to create a culture where our employees can thrive and contribute to sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

We’re committed to continuously improving working conditions for our employees and have established an ethical channel alongside adopting a compliance management system in accordance with the UN standards (UNE 19601:2017).

SDG 9:

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Innovation is at the centre of everything we do. We’re industry leaders in the production of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), Heparin, and experts in the identification, extraction and development of biologically-derived molecules, which are transformed into high quality products for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, veterinary, feed and agricultural sectors. In doing this we take an innovative approach to our supply chain – using a vertically-integrated model to ensure the highest standards of traceability and quality control.

SDG 10:

Reduced inequality

It goes without saying that we promote social inclusion, ensuring equal opportunities to our team – regardless of age, sex, religion, race, or disability. To uphold these standards, we’ve developed a comprehensive Equality Plan, carrying out an intensive diagnosis of gender equality at Bioiberica – from recruitment and promotion, salary, training, working conditions, occupational health, on-the-job time management and work­-life balance.

SDG 12:

Responsible consumption and production

Our business strategy is centred on the circular economy model – we aim to keep the value of products, materials and resources in the economy as long as possible. This includes the repurposing of food industry by-products to create valuable ingredients for use in a range of sectors. Meanwhile, we implement production processes that minimise the consumption of raw materials, like water and energy.

Insider opinion: How does this align with Bioiberica’s mission and values?

While we’re committed to caring for life through science, this also carries with it a commitment to caring for our planet. That’s why ‘sustainability’ is one of our key company values. Taking care of what we have is vital to keep us moving forward and, as we begin to emerge from the most complex health crisis in recent times, the importance of collaboration has never been more apparent,” comments Luis Solera, CEO at Bioiberica. “In line with our mission to be a trusted partner in improving health and quality of life across the globe, we facilitate collaboration and innovation for the benefit of all. By aligning with the SDGs, we’re joining forces with organisations across the world to build a better, more sustainable future.”

You can find out more about our sustainability efforts, as well as an in-depth look at our alignment with the UN SDGs by downloading our 2021 sustainability report.

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