The HSE Data Management System, data collection process and transparent reporting are important elements of corporate responsibility at Novartis.
Novartis reports its HSE performance following Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines for sustainability reporting. We publish a stand-alone Corporate Responsibility Performance Report each year. This report is structured in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Guidelines, with disclosure at "comprehensive" level
Novartis generally sets HSE targets covering at least three years to allow better analysis, planning and implementation. Divisions are involved in target-setting, based on recommendations by functional experts. Progress is reviewed annually with each division.
Performance of operating units is monitored on a monthly basis. HSE performance data is collected, validated and consolidated with the Novartis HSE Data Management System. This system provides all management levels throughout the Group with necessary information to take early action if deviations from targets occur. Systems and processes are reviewed by third parties – in addition to corporate and divisional HSE audits – to ensure compliance with legal and Novartis HSE standards.
The 2015 environmental and resource data published in the Novartis Annual Report are actual data for the period from January through September and best estimates for the period from October through December; 2015 data on employees and health/safety are actual from January through December.