Spännande arbetsvecka med många hållbarhetsdiskussioner

SWEDISH SUMMARY: En fantastiskt spänannde arbetsvecka närmar sig sitt slut. Jag har fått diskutera hållbarhetsfrågeställningar ur ett generellt perspektiv, liksom specifikt gällande läkemedel och hälso- och sjukvården.

It has been a great work week! I have had the privelege to discuss sustainability issues, both in general and specifically around pharmaceuticals and healthcare, with several different stakeholders. I started out this Monday meeting representatives from Swedish County Concils (”LOK” in Swedish, which is a very important network for Swedish County Concils’ Pharmaceutical Committees). To them I described the PiE (pharmaceuticals in the environment) issues in general and gave several examples on initiatives that has been undertaken, e.g. environmental classification on Fass.se and the LIF proposal on environmental assessment of pharmaceutical products.


PiE conference in Geneva

PiE conference in Geneva


And then I was in Geneva on April 8 and 9 participating in UBA’s (the German environmental protection agency) conference on pharmaceuticals in the environment. The conference discussed in detail whether or not PiE should be a so called emerging policy issue under SAICM (UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management). I had the privelege to present the European Pharmaceutical Association’s (EFPIA) initiative on Eco-Pharmaco Stewardship (EPS). The initiative addresses environmental issues across the life cycle of a pharmaceutical. I can assure you that you will read more on EPS as we move forward.

And then yesterday there were Board Meetings in SIVL (the foundation who owns IVL, the Swedish Environmenal Research Institute) and in CSR Sweden. And then on top of that CSR Sweden’s Annual Meeting and a presentation on green procurement for the procurement group in LIF (the reserach based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden).

As I said – a great work week in my opinion! But there are of course a few more meetings before the weekend starts…

Klimatförändringen – IPCC och Earth Hour

SWEDISH SUMMARY: I mitt blogginlägg i torsdags redovisade jag bland annat Pfizers globala miljömål och prestanda vad gäller energi och klimat. Tidpunkten för den diskussionen var såklart vald delvis beroende på att det i lördags var Earth Hour, WWF:s klimatmanifestation, och att IPCC (FN:s klimatpanel) igår presenterade sin rapport gällande effekter av klimatförändringen. IPCC-rapporten är skrämmande läsning, samtidigt som Earth Hour inte alls fick samma fokus som tidigare år… Jag får inte ihop det…


My living room during Earth Hour 2014

My living room during Earth Hour 2014

In my blog post from March 27 I discussed Pfizer Inc’s Public Environmental Goals, among them our energy and climate goal. The timing for the blog post was partly chosen due to the fact that this Saturday (March 29) was the day for WWF’s climate manifestation Earth Hour, and yesterday the day when IPCC (UN’s climat change panel) presented their report on effects from global warming.

Reading the IPCC report makes me troubled and worried. Countries, states, municipalities, enterprises and citizens need to do more to fight global warming. I appreciate initiatives such as WWF’s Earth Hour, since it helps focusing the public debate on the issue. I know several persons claiming that Earth Hour is just a ”funny event” and that it may actually accelerate global warming since people light up their homes with candles etc (like myself, se picture above). The criticism in my opinion misses the whole point – it is all about creating awareness, and in the long run I am sure it helps fighting global warming. Nevertheless, I must say that I am surprised of the relatively small interest for Earth Hour here in Sweden this year as compared to previous years. I am puzzled since it is obvious from IPCC and other sources that our challenges are greater than ever. We should be more focused than ever!

Årsredovisningen för Pfizer Inc, med integrerad hållbarhetsinfo

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Nu har Pfizer Inc:s årsredovisning för 2013 publicerats. Redovisningen innehåller såväl finansiell som icke-finansiell information (bland annat ”hållbarhetsinformation”), dvs en redovisning som rör sig i riktningen integrerad rapportering. Läs bland annat om Pfizers koncerngemensamma miljömål inom områdena global uppvärmning, avfall, och vatten.

Pfizer Inc Corporate Environmental 2020 Public Goals - compressed for web

Pfizer Inc’s annual report for 2013 is now accessible on-line. The report contains both financial and non-financial data, i.e. a step towards integrated reporting. On today’s blog post I like to guide you to the sustainability information specifically. I think it is an interesting read. You will find, among other things, some discussions on Pfizer’s Corporate Environmental Goals:

- 20 % decrease in Green House Gas Emissions by 2020 (as compared to 2012)

- 15 % decrease in Waste Generation by 2020 (as compared to 2012)

- 5 % decrease in Water Use by 2020 (as compared to 2012)

The 2020 public goals are presented like this in the report:

”We constantly assess our business practices and advance those that we believe produce measurable value for society and our business, while minimizing risk to our shareholders. Our strategic approach focuses on reducing energy and water consumption in addition to innovative ways to manage waste. Our “green journey” focuses on three areas key to our business:
ENERGY — mitigating climate change and its impacts
WASTE — minimizing the environmental impact of our
products and processes
WATER — managing water resources sustainably
For a comprehensive view of our contributions to a sustainable future, see here.
Also, by the end of 2015, Pfizer plans to announce targets that it believes have the potential to result in meaningful environmental improvement across our supply chain by the end of 2020.”

If you have followed my blog over the years you know that I am proud especially on Pfizer’s energy and climate change record. I have used the figure below several times in blog posts showing the reduction in green house gas emissions from 2000 to 2007 (roughly 20% in aboslute numbers),

GHG emissions 2000 - 2007

GHG emissions 2000 – 2007

and then another 20% decrease between 2007 and 2012 (which we reached already by 2011). And now we strive to cut by another 20%. That’s something which makes me proud of the company I am working for!

Our second GHG public goal

Our second GHG public goal


Barnrättsprinciperna – ”för företag vad barnkonventionen är för stater”

SWEDISH SUMMARY: På gårdagens möte med svenska ICC:s Referensgrupp CSR deltog Parul Sharma från CSR Swedens Academy for Human Rights in Business. Parul gav en kort introduktion till Barnrättsprinciperna (en verklig kortversion av den utbildning ni kan läsa mer om via denna länk). Paruls presentation och diskussionen som följde uppskattades helt klart av mötesdeltagarna. Många tankar kom upp och vi var nog alla överens om att det finns mycket att göra om vi inom näringslivet fullt ut ska ”inte bara skydda barnet utan faktiskt skydda barndomen”…

Parul Sharma

Parul Sharma

At Swedish ICC’s CSR reference group meeting yesterday we had the opportunity to listen to Parul Sharma from CSR Sweden’s Academy for Human Rights in Business. Parul gave a brief presentation of Children’s Rights and Business Principles, developed by UNICEF, Save the Children, and Global Compact. The presentation to us was a ”short version” of the training she gives on the topic in collaboration with UNICEF. The presentation and the following discussions were very good and thought provoking. How should we work, and how should we conduct our businesses, in order to secure that ”we do not only safeguard the child itself but actually the entire childhood”? Several of the meeting participants were very supportive to Parul’s perspective of ”bringing home” the human rights/children’s rights issues. In our day-to-day operations we very often look upon these issues as a topic for safe-guarding our supply chain and something being a challenge in foreign countries. Parul asked us to aditionally look on our business practices at our home offices. Is there a good balance between the hours we spend at work and the hours we spend at home with our own kids? Could our own kids be negatively impacted by our work practices (e.g. overtime work, business related dinners and parties, business travel etc.)? Definitely an interesting perspective to Children’s Rghts and Business Principles…

My own story (or testimonial) on this is that I strongly believe it is crucial to find the balance between work and private life. I have always been very clear to my managers that my son’s (and my own) health and wellbeing is the top priority. And my own experience is that if you are clear and open with it from the very beginning, managers/organizations tend to respect your priorities. We have to speak up and use ”straight talk”! People may say that I have been lucky to work for managers and a company that understand the importance of a good balance, but I do believe that it is not only luck. We all have the possibility to influence the culture of an organization and be leaders in a change process if needed. And, if the organization does not change and start valuing the health and wellbeing of the employees (and hence also their kids, spouses etc.), we should probably leave that company and go elsewhere!

YMAR på UF-mässan

UF-mässan på Stockholmsmässan i Älvsjö

UF-mässan på Stockholmsmässan i Älvsjö

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Igår och idag samlas en lång rad unga entreprenörer på Stockholmsmässan. Bland UF-bolagen som ställer ut finns YMAR (Youth Marketing and Research), som jag har följt sen de startade upp bolaget i höstas som en del av sitt gymnasieprogram på Rudbeckskolan i Sollentuna. Läs mer om YMAR i följande blogginlägg (24 oktober 2013 och 7 november 2013) samt via denna länk. Jag besökte YMAR:s monter på mässan igår och blev mäkta imponerad – enormt professionellt!

YMARs monter på UF-mässan

YMARs monter på UF-mässan

Yesterday and today the Stockholm Fair in Älvsjö is full of young entrepreneurs. Among them you’ll find YMAR (Youth Marketing and Research). I have followed YMAR ever since they started their company in October as a part of their high school program at Rudbeck in Sollentuna. You can read more about YMAR in some previous blog posts (e.g. Oct 24 2013, and Nov 7 2013) and in this article (however in Swedish).

I have to say that I was very impressed (and actually even proud) when I visited YMAR’s booth at the Stockholm Fair yesterday. Extremely professional! Carl Bergkvist (Managing Director), Mimmi Andersson (Administration), Hugo Bergström (Finance), Carl-Henrik Dalvik (Procurement), and Emil Widlund (Marketing and Sales) have done really good. They have already met their objectives on number of customers, although they have 2 months to go before school ends (and the company must be closed down…), and made a good financial result so far. Even more important however is that they have worked hard and learned a lot about building and running a company. Once again: I am really impressed! And I cross my fingers and really hope that they win an award at the ”Youth Entrepreneur Gala” tomorrow. I think they have deserved that!