Employee Safety

Global Environmental Health and Safety Overview  

Celgene is committed to providing a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible work environment. The Global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department is responsible for developing and deploying an EHS Management System designed to ensure the protection of the environment and the health and safety of personnel and visitors at its facilities. Ultimately, Global EHS strives to create an injury-free and environmentally sustainable workplace by eliminating preventable incidents, injuries and environmental releases and implementing appropriate risk control measures. EHS audits operating facilities to ensure compliance with applicable EHS Directives, laws and regulations.

Global Environmental Health and Safety Mission and Mandate  

The mission of Global EHS is to deploy a comprehensive Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System throughout the Celgene organization that provides all of its sites with the tools and guidance necessary to operate in a healthy, safe, compliant and environmentally responsible manner that facilitates the pursuit of the discovery, development and delivery of life-enhancing therapies designed to transform the course of human health.

The EHS Department’s mandate is founded upon four key principles: Executing Clear Strategy, Issuing Clear Directives, Providing a Robust Infrastructure and Ensuring EHS Compliance

Global Environmental Health and Safety Service Model
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The Global EHS Service Model is structured to optimize the deployment of available global and local resources in ensuring that all Celgene and affiliated sites operate in a healthy, safe, compliant, and environmentally responsible manner. The Global EHS Department supports the business through identifying EHS priorities, providing technical EHS program oversight, developing directives and associated tools to assist sites, and providing solutions to ensure compliance while driving the business forward. The Global EHS Department consists of four distinct groups: Occupational Health and Safety Technical, Environmental Technical, Regional Leads, and Auditing and Metrics. 

Global Environmental Health and Safety Technical Advisors

The Global EHS function includes experts in all facets of the Environmental, Health and Safety. Collectively they are referred to as the EHS Technical Advisors and they provide leadership and subject matter expert support for Celgene sites to ensure compliance with the Global EHS Management System and regulatory/legal requirements. When necessary, they will engage third party Technical Advisory support to meet business needs. Their core responsibilities are outlined below:

Environmental Technical Advisors are focused on developing processes and practices to reduce Celgene’s environmental impact and increase operating efficiency.

Occupational Health and Safety Technical Advisors are focused on developing processes and practices that provide a compliant, safe work environment for all personnel and visitors.

Regional Environmental Health and Safety Management

Regional EHS Management collaborate closely with Celgene Business Functions and sites to ensure the implementation of the Global EHS Management System. They advise site EHS and engage Global EHS Technical Advisors to provide expertise and guidance to ensure safe, compliant, and environmentally-responsible operations. Ultimately, the Regional EHS Leads provide a single-point-of -contact to the sites for all EHS related matters.

Global Environmental Health and Safety Auditors and Metrics Managers

EHS Auditors conduct Risk Based Environmental Health & Safety audits of Celgene Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Administrative sites. Auditors also track and analyze EHS metrics, identify trends, raise systemic issues and offer advice to site management in how best execute corrective actions.

Global Environmental Health and Safety Management System

The Global EHS Management System is a comprehensive framework that defines EHS Directives, provides guidance and tools, delineates EHS accountabilities, ensures compliance and establishes consistent requirements to protect Celgene, its employees, visitors and the environment and communities within which Celgene operates.

Global EHS Performance Reporting

The Global EHS Management System includes a comprehensive EHS Performance Reporting capability. Key metrics are tracked, aggregated and analyzed by the Global EHS team to identify gaps or trends. This data is used to continuously improve the directives, procedures, programs, tools and controls in place to eliminate incidents and minimize environmental impact.


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To learn more about employee safety at Celgene, please click here for more information from our most recent Corporate Responsibility report.


Employee Wellness

Investment in our employees extends to their health and well-being, and as such Celgene offers a myriad of readily available healthy living programs, services and educational opportunities.

Food and Exercise Programs

  • Health club reimbursement available to eligible employees in the US and Europe.
  • Fitness centers available at certain Celgene facilities
  • Certified fitness professional on staff at certain US Celgene facilities
  • Group fitness classes available at certain Celgene facilities
  • Healthy food alternatives are provided in workspaces and at meetings where Celgene extends cafeteria services
  • US-based national webinars that focus on various topics including organic foods, healthy heart programs, stress reduction and the flu season
  • Support for soccer, softball and other teams of employees that participate in local and community sporting leagues
  • On-site educational tables at select US locations covering topics such as anti-inflammatory diet, healthy eating on the go, and “ask the exercise specialist”.

Health Programs for US Eligible Employees

  • We lead by example in the US by implementing oral oncology co-pay parity and low cost-sharing for cancer treatments and other prescription drugs for our employees
  • On-site Blood pressure screenings
  • On-site National flu vaccinations
  • On-site blood donation at certain locations
  • On-site health fairs at certain locations
  • Nurse Practitioner on-site at Summit East
  • Registered nurse on-site at Summit West
  • Benefits plans that offers US employees and their dependents access to quality healthcare and include no- to low-cost tobacco cessation treatments
  • Wellness incentives for annual exam, colonoscopy, mammography, healthy numbers, chronic condition support, and healthy pregnancy healthy babies
  • Spouses / Domestic Partners also eligible to earn wellness incentives
  • Onsite mammography screenings at Celgene facilities in New Jersey
  • Access to the Quit for Life® Program from the American Cancer Society® that helps participants gain knowledge, skills and behavior strategies to quit smoking for life through customized plans and a supportive online community
  • On-site blood glucose and blood pressure biometric screening for HSA participants at select US locations
  • Certain medications for preventive and chronic conditions covered at 100% for HSA participants

Celgene United Kingdom Affiliates

Health and wellness are addressed in the UK through monthly events that focus on safety and balancing work with personal life. These include a “New Year Resolution” Health-check, Summer Awareness activities and events to coincide with national campaigns, such as Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness months. Celgene field teams are provided mailings on these various initiatives as well and all employees receive gifts and incentives for healthier living, including pedometers, reusable water bottles and kits for cleaning work and personal spaces.

In addition, work-life balance is a primary focus in the UK to ensure that our employees manage time effectively and create a non-stressful work environment. The Resilience Workshop encourages and helps our employees create this balance via education on how to respond to stress and discuss best practices and proper collaboration in a team environment. Through this ongoing Workshop, we aim to create resilient and proactive employees and feedback is used to determine how to constantly improve the work-life balance for our employee population on individual and team levels. Work-life balance was also discussed in the Culture Enquiry, a group discussion and collaboration on setting a clear and concise mindset for the culture employees desire in the workplace. The discussions also focus on proper communication, work-place environments, codes of conduct and other related topics.

A mandatory program for all of the field-based and long-distance drivers in the UK is Advanced Driver Training. This training is used to enhance skills in defensive and fuel-efficient driving techniques and a systematic approach to tackling hazards. The program also reviews how to properly review vehicles, road conditions and traffic patterns and conditions.

Celgene Boudry, Switzerland Affiliates

Annually, the Boudry, Switzerland location offers an onsite health fair addressing many health and wellness topics such onsite blood pressure, healthy eye, cholesterol and balance checks.  Informational sessions are additionally presented by our Employee Assistance Program provider to address reduction of stress, benefits of eating healthy, smoking cessation and general program information.

On a weekly basis, the Boudry infirmary is staffed by an occupational nurse and doctor providing preventive medical checks, promoting good occupational health of Celgene employees, supporting absence management and occupational rehabilitation, and giving assistance and knowledge of the mandatory system and insurances.


CEO Cancer Gold Standard

In December 2014, Celgene became one of only three biopharmaceutical companies to earn the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation in the US as well as globally. This award recognizes our commitment to cancer prevention, early detection and treatment for our employees around the world. The Gold Standard provides an easy-to-follow framework for employers of all sizes, from any industry, to make a difference in the health of their employees and families. To achieve Gold Standard status employers must examine and evaluate their commitment to the health of their employees, take definitive actions to ensure health and wellness in the workplace and reduce cancer risks in the workplace.

The Gold Standard is overseen by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit agency made up of CEOs that was founded by former President George H. W. Bush and was created in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, leading cancer centers and prominent health organizations.

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One of the important pillars of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard is tobacco cessation in the workplace. Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disease. Currently, approximately 5.4 million people worldwide die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses—a figure expected to increase to more than 8 million a year by 2030.

To support a healthy work environment for all of our employees, contractors and visitors, all global Celgene campuses and facilities have become tobacco-free environments. The Smoke & Tobacco-Free Environment Policy prohibits the use of tobacco products at all company locations, including property, buildings, leased buildings, company vehicles and company-sponsored meetings. There are no designated smoking areas, since no level of tobacco use is considered to be safe. In addition, Celgene provides access to coverage of over-the-counter smoking cessation products and online smoking cessation programs for US and Canada facilities.


CEO Roundtable on Health – China

Celgene is a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer- China. This organization has a goal to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease and public health problem in China. One fifth of the world’s cancer diagnoses are made in China, with an estimated 3 million new cancer cases diagnosed annually. CEO Roundtable Members work collaboratively and reach out to government officials and other social sectors to enable cancer prevention, early cancer detection and improved cancer treatments that are effective and accessible.