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 publicly reported on our performance in this area since 2000 through our Annual Report and several online and printed materials.
Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at “comprehensive" level, making it the first comprehensive-level report in the healthcare industry. In addition, the publication of the CR report now coincides with the Novartis Annual Report, providing a more integrated view on the company’s performance.
The report is based on the results of the CR materiality analysis review conducted in 2015, which reconfirmed that access, ethics, and research and development are our most important issues. In addition, it offers insights into how Novartis manages CR, including the company’s access framework, showing the variety of approaches and models used to expand access to healthcare globally.
Obesity is a growing global health problem and a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases worldwide. Jacob Jensen lost 57 pounds (26 kilograms) and completed a triathlon after joining a two-year, weight-management program at the University of Michigan in the US.
Dr. Chang As Xinh waits for patients at a community hospital in northeast Vietnam. The rise of chronic diseases creates an additional burden for community physicians like Dr. Xinh, who are already working hard to tackle infectious diseases.
Researchers at the Novartis facility in Morris Plains in the US check on the production process for human T-cells.
Sybilla Blumer, a home healthcare worker in Switzerland, helps manage medication for Walter Imboden following an operation on his toe.
In Kenya a malaria surveillance team from the Walter Reed Project visits a home near the Kombewa clinic to check on children at risk for the disease. The team tests for malaria and administers medicine where appropriate.
A woman fetches water by the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, in Kenya. The lake is a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, putting local people at great risk of contracting malaria.
Modern medicine is changing medical practice in Vietnam but many people still visit traditional healers and use herbal remedies, such as these seen on sale in the old quarter of Hanoi.
Husband and wife ophthalmic surgeons Janak and Preeti Shah examine a patient awaiting an eye operation at Siliguri in Darjeeling, India. They volunteer their services via SEE International, a non-governmental organization with a focus on curing blindness, and have worked all over India, as well as at remote locations in Peru, China and Brazil.
Bianca Wuersch climbs into a four-seat gondola and sets a bag of medical supplies on the seat beside her as the cable car jerks to life, swaying up a steep mountainside toward a remote Alpine community. Gondola rides and hard-to-reach homes are all part of a typical day’s work for Ms. Wuersch, an energetic 34-year-old nurse who provides home healthcare to elderly clients in a rural part of central Switzerland.
In a poor district of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, a small army of yellow-robed health workers are engaged in a constant battle against the world’s biggest killer of young children. Pneumonia causes around 2 million child deaths per year globally – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined – and the burden is especially heavy in a country like Bangladesh, where a third of the population is aged 14 or below.
In a mountains region of central Switzerland, spitex nurse Magrit Locher accompanies Maria Matter in her garden, where she has grown Queen Elizabeth roses for 20 years.
A young patient with malaria waits for treatment at the US Army Medical Research Unit in the Kombewa clinic in Kenya – known locally as the Walter Reed Project.
The medical team, including deputy project coordinator Dr. Kamrun Nahar (left), examines X-rays at the Kamalpur clinic.