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SGD Pharma releases its latest sustainability report

SGD Pharma has published its latest 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report illustrating the sustainable practices deeply embedded in its business ethos.

The Report follows SGD Pharma’s recent 2024 Gold EcoVadis rating in which the company was awarded its highest ever score of 78 (putting it in the 98th percentile for manufacturers of glass and glass products). Even more recently, SGD Pharma has earned the prestigious Climate Action Award by PAI Partners among all of PAI’s portfolio companies.

SGD Pharma has set stretch goals for its CSR performance, and these are covered in the 2023 report, key highlights include:

  • 100 percent of SGD Pharma’s global manufacturing sites in France, China, India and Germany are both ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certified
  • 70 percent of total company waste is recycled
  • 97 percent of critical suppliers have signed a CSR code of conduct
  • 1000 accident-free days at the Zhanjiang (ZJ) plant.
  • Average 25 hours of training per employee

Building upon the achievements, SGD Pharma has set ambitious targets for the 2024 year ahead:

  • 100 percent of sites to achieve environmental and energy management certification by 2025
  • Zero severe accidents at every plant by 2025
  • Deploy the French gender equality index across all locations
  • Plant 10,000 mangrove trees in China during 2024

GD Pharma has also made significant progress in its mission to reduce its carbon emissions. Working with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the company has set the goal of reducing emissions by 35 percent in 2030 and by 65 percent in 2040, in line with SBTi’s 1.5°C trajectory.

One of the two furnaces at the company’s manufacturing plant in Saint-Quentin Lamotte, France has been rebuilt and now uses more renewable energy, such as electricity. The rebuild aims to halve gas consumption in the forehearths, reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

Elsewhere, in the Vemula, India plant, a heat recovery unit and solar panels have been installed. Last year, the solar panels alone in India generated around 1.5 GWhs of energy and consequently the plant has already seen a considerable reduction in carbon emissions.

The full report is available here.

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