As a science-based company, we know that supporting environmental stewardship efforts are critical for a healthy planet. We also know that the health of our planet has an impact on the health and well-being of people everywhere, and that our actions have the potential to affect people and the environment not just today, but well into the future.
Establishment of 2020 Environmental Goals
Celgene is a growing company with increasing global demand for our innovative therapies and a robust development pipeline. Given our respect for our environment, it’s critical that we grow responsibly and with the goal of long-term sustainability. We must employ sound decision-making that reflects our values, and seek to mitigate our operational impacts on the environment. To advance our long-term sustainability approach, we seek opportunities to minimize our global carbon footprint, develop programs that reduce waste, implement water and energy conservation practices, and maintain our compliance with water quality and environmental regulations.
In early 2016, Celgene’s Sustainability Committee identified four actionable and measurable environmental goals that are of material importance to Celgene and for which new 2020 improvement targets were set: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, electricity sourcing, water withdrawal, and waste generation. We have been making significant progress to improve our performance on these goals for the past seven years and believe these new goals will continue to drive us forward over the years to come. Using 2015 as a baseline, the new targets for 2020 are:
We have already decreased GHG emissions in our operations by 36 percent since 2012, and increased electricity purchases from certified renewable sources to 42 percent of total consumption in 2015, in excess of 28,000 megawatt-hours. We will continue to measure—and publicly report on—the progress on our 2020 goals using relative quantitative values compared to the total area (square feet) of our scoped facilities to normalize and compare data year-over-year.