For the fourth consecutive year, we are publishing an annual CR Performance Report. The CR Performance Report is issued at the same time as our Annual Report to provide readers with a more integrated view of Novartis.
Novartis has a strong history of corporate responsibility (CR) activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment to corporate responsibility. We have reported on CR since 2000 through our Annual Report and several online and printed materials.
The CR Performance Report consolidates the company’s CR reporting and details our progress against our targets. It is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at “comprehensive” level.
As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we are also fulfilling our commitment through this report to producing a UNGC Communication on Progress – a public disclosure outlining our progress in implementing the 10 principles of the UNGC. This year, we have also included specific links to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition, we reached out to external stakeholders to gauge their views on the key challenges facing our industry on our most important issues: Access to Healthcare, Ethics and Compliance, Research & Development, People, and Environment. In parallel, we asked the relevant functional leaders within our organization to express their views on the same topics. These perspectives can be found in the topical sections of the report.
Syrian refugees ponder an uncertain future: Zakiya, with her son Waleed, age 10, in their makeshift home.
Researcher Edmund Ekuadzi, an expert on the medical properties of plants, examines a specimen gathered in his homeland of Ghana.
Ghanaian scientist, Edmund Ekuadzi supervises an exam in pharmacognosy, the study of medicines derived from plants.
Despite eyesight problems, Yuko Yoshikawa (center foreground) throws herself into the communal fitness sessions that are a feature of Japanese life.
Ghanaian scientist, Edmund Ekuadzi visits the rainforest with Clifford Osafo Asare, an herbalist.
In Brisbane, Australia, groundskeeper and skin cancer survivor Malcolm Caddies protects himself from the sun as he prepares the field for a rugby match at Suncorp Stadium.
Elsa Anderson and her classmates prepare for a choral performance in Rockport, Massachusetts in the US. Her mother, Jennifer Allport-Anderson, is a researcher at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Over the last 15 years, some family members have suffered from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, adding to the sense of urgency behind Ms. Allport-Anderson’s research.
Juan Petro Garcia Hernández leads his mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, through regular exercises. They keep her engaged and raise her spirits.
Aurelia Mendez Pablo has blood drawn as part of research in Guatemala aimed at reducing the health impact of smoke from cooking fires.
A new gas stove in San Lorenzo, Guatemala, attracts a crowd.