Like many companies, Celgene strives to be a leader in corporate sustainability. Recently, Celgene was recognized as the highest ranked healthcare company, according to Newsweek’s 2017 U.S. Green Rankings. Notably, Celgene also ranked seventh in the top 10 of the 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies, up 47 positions from last year.
The Newsweek Green Rankings is one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. The rankings compare each company by industry group on their performance and commitments with respect to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and water use, among other factors.
“Celgene has had a long-standing commitment to sustainability practices and reducing its environmental footprint,” said Zeba Khan, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Celgene. “In 2016, the company went a step further by establishing quantifiable 2020 environmental goals. Our employees around the world are committed to achieving these targets and supporting the well-being of not only our patients, but also the planet.”
As we look toward the future, we will continue to focus on the science and strive for sustainability excellence.
Newsweek isn’t the only organization that has recognized Celgene for its corporate responsibility efforts. In 2017, Celgene ranked 13th on CR Magazine’s list of the Most Responsible Companies in the healthcare sector and was included in the FTSE4Good Index of companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance practices.
Celgene’s continuing progress in environmental sustainability is the result of strong cross-functional commitment from the company’s Sustainability Committee and facilities operations team, which actively advocated for and guided the development of quantifiable environmental goals for 2020. These ambitious yet achievable targets include reducing the company’s carbon footprint by 20 percent, increasing the purchasing of renewable electricity by 15 percent and reducing water withdrawal and solid waste generation by 10 percent each.
IN 2017, CELGENE’S NEW BUILDING L RECEIVED LEADERSHIP ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED) GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR ITS GREEN BUILDING FEATURES.
“With these goals in place, we have specific and measurable objectives that provide us with a shared vision for environmental sustainability,” Khan said. “Sustainability is part of everything we do. As we look toward the future, we will continue to focus on Celgene’s patient-focused and science-based mission, while striving for continuing sustainability excellence.”
Celgene’s newest office space at the Summit, NJ headquarters is just one example of the progress toward the company’s sustainability goals; the building features efficient water fixtures, renewable energy sources and a rainwater collection system that filters rainwater for use in site landscaping and other activities. Last year, the new building’s green features were independently recognized with the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Additionally, Celgene’s facilities operations team consistently chooses to purchase electricity from certified renewable energy sources. In 2017, more than 50 percent of Celgene’s electricity use was from renewable sources.
“Celgene’s commitment to sustainability is an important part of our commitment to patients,” said Khan. “When we promote a healthy environment, we improve the well-being of communities and patients – a responsibility we take seriously.”
To learn more about Celgene’s continued progress toward its sustainability goals, download the Celgene 2017 Corporate Responsibility report.