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Novartis is engaged in several collaborative efforts to advance human rights in the healthcare sector and across industries.

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI)

Novartis holds several leadership positions in the PSCI, including:

  • Chair of the PSCI Board (2018-2019)
  • Co-chair of the Human Rights & Labor (HRL) subcommittee
  • Chair of the Partnership Committee
  • Our Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer has been nominated to the PSCI External Advisory Committee

Novartis has spearheaded several human rights projects and activities in the PSCI:

  • Initiated a project in the Partnerships Committee to mobilize collective PSCI action to contribute to the State of Telangana’s Musi River Revitalization Initiative in Hyderabad, India.
  • Mobilized a coalition of members in the HRL subcommittee to investigate collective action options to address the allegations of forced labor in the carnauba wax supply chain.
  • Led the development of human rights and modern slavery training for PSCI members, and for the annual pharmaceutical supplier conferences in China and India.
  • Participated in an HRL working group to jointly investigate common raw material inputs into pharmaceutical products that potentially present increased human rights risk.

BSR working group on human rights

Novartis has participated in BSR’s cross-industry Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) since 2018, and hosted the autumn meeting in 2019 on the Basel campus. The HRWG provides a platform for sharing cross-industry best practices and for identifying emerging business and human rights issues.


Source URL: https://www.novartis.com/esg/ethics-risk-and-compliance/human-rights/external-engagement

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