Raising the Bar on Environmental Responsibility

Celgene has set its first public prospective environmental improvement goals


The opening of Building L at Celgene’s global headquarters in Summit, New Jersey, last year created a modern working environment for 900 of the company’s employees. The expansion was a necessity given the company’s continued growth over the past decade, but it also represents a substantial advance in Celgene’s continuing environmental stewardship.

The building’s landscaping does not require permanent irrigation; the roof reflects sunlight to minimize the urban heat island effect and a tank collects rainwater that is then filtered and used for toilets and urinals. The goal is to earn Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) green building program certification for the building.

The building is just one example of Celgene’s long-standing commitment to sustainability practices and reducing its environmental footprint. Now, the company has taken that responsibility a step further by establishing its first-ever set of environmentally focused goals and targets.

“As a company with science at its core, we believe the health of every person on the planet ultimately depends on the health of the planet itself,” Mark J. Alles, CEO of Celgene, said. “These goals show the commitment we are making to continually improve the communities in which we operate and our collective global environment.”

Mark Alles


The goals focus on four key environmental targets for 2020: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increasing renewable electricity purchasing by 15 percent, reducing water withdrawal by 10 percent, and reducing solid waste generation by 10 percent.

Earlier this year, Celgene’s sustainability committee identified these four issues as actionable, measurable and relevant to Celgene’s mission. The committee reviewed the data on the company’s environmental efforts and developed these goals using 2015 as a baseline. Celgene will report its progress towards these targets through its annual corporate responsibility report.

“Celgene has made significant progress in our environmental efforts over the past several years, and we believe we should always strive to do even better in the years ahead,” Zeba Khan, PhD, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Celgene, said. “So to continue advancing our long-term sustainability approach, we aimed to set ambitious yet realistic goals for 2020.”

Since 2012, Celgene has been measuring and working to minimize the company’s environmental footprint to impact human health. As a result, the company has already decreased greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent over the last four years and today purchases 42 percent of its energy from certified renewable sources.

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Electricity Use From Renewable and Non Renewable Sources graph
Those efforts have not gone unnoticed. Celgene was recently named to the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, ranking 54th of large companies in the United States and 97th in the world, up 99 and 154 spots from 2015, respectively. And the company hopes to keep moving up that list.

While Celgene waits on its LEED certification for Building L (expected next year), it is already working on incorporating LEED standards as it renovates Building J at the Summit campus.

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