Almedalen 2014 – ett par seminarier om läkemedel i miljön

Almedalen 2014

Almedalen 2014

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Nu har jag varit i Almedalen i två dagar. Som alltid en enormt hektiskt, spännande och kul upplevelse. I år är politikerveckan i Almedalen större än någonsin: Över 3000 olika seminarier och över 20000 besökare. Jag har föreläst och deltagit i panelen i två seminarier som har avhandlat läkemedel i miljön.

I have now been at the political gathering in Almedalen for two days. It is as always a fascinating experience. Over 3000 differrent seminars with more than 20000 visitors. I have given lectures and participated in panel discussions at two Pharmaceuticals in the Environment seminars.

Yesterday (Monday June 30 ) I gave a general description of the challenges with pharmaceuticals in the environment (PiE) at a seminar arranged by SIWI/Swedish Water House.

PiE-discussion with SIWI

PiE-discussion with SIWI

I also had the task to present different solutions to the challenges, especially of course the proposals from industry. I gave a short presentation of EFPIA’s (the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) initiative EcoPharmacoStewardship. I also gave a brief introduction to the environmental assessment model for pharmaceutical products that has been developed by LIF (the Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry in Sweden) with me as the project manager and in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. Read more about the assessment model in my blog post from June 20 last year when we submitted the model proposal to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

And today (Tuesday July 1) I have been part of an interesting discussion with academia and regulators on PiE. The seminar was part of a series of seminars focusing environmental challenges for the Baltic Sea. The series of seminars is arranged by Hållbara Hav (”Sustainable Sea”) and discusses potential chemical risks in an apartment (the kitchen, the bath room, and in the play room).

Hållbara Hav

Hållbara Hav

The Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PiE) part of the discussion was introduced by Jerker Fick from MistraPharma.

Jerker Fick gives an introduction

Jerker Fick gives an introduction

Good and interesting discussions as always, and the discussion ended with all panelists giving a request/message to the politicians that will conclude the series of seminars on Wednesday (tomorrow). My message to them was that they have to understand that well documented, well controlled, and ”green pharmaceuticals” may cost a little bit more than products without solid documentation. We welcome sustainability requirements, but then public procurers need to understand that it is reasonable to pay ”a green premium”. You’ll always get what you pay for….

Now I need to go – more seminars to listen to! Almedalen has so many good seminars and meetings – it is great fun!

Dags för politikerveckan i Almedalen igen

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Idags inleds politikerveckan i Almedalen. Jag kommer att vara där i början av veckan. Jag deltar i panelen i två seminarier: ”Vatten och läkemedel – lösningar för ett växande miljöproblem” som ordas på måndagen av Swedish Water House och i ”Östersjön- en naturlig skönhet? Hur påverkar läkemedel, kosmetika och hygienartiklar vår vattenmiljö?” på tisdagen.

The ”political gathering” in Almedalen, Visby, starts today. I will be there in the beginning of the week. I will be on the panel in two seminars:

- Monday: ”Vatten och läkemedel – lösningar för ett växande miljöproblem” (water and pharmaceuticals – solutions to a growing environmental problem) arranged by Swedish Water House
- Tuesday: ”Östersjön- en naturlig skönhet? Hur påverkar läkemedel, kosmetika och hygienartiklar vår vattenmiljö?” (The Baltic Sea – a natural beauty? The inmpact from pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and hygiene products on the water environment) arranged by Hållbara Hav


CSR, ESG, integrerad redovisning samt Social Innovation – många begrepp är det…

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Mitt huvudfokus förra veckan låg på läkemedel i miljön. Denna vecka har jag framför allt ägnat åt CSR-frågor. Mängder med begrepp har cirkulerat i diskussionerna: Ansvarsfullt företagande, ESG, integrerad redovisning och social innovation och socialt entreprenörsskap. Alla begrepp har sin vinkling, men i grunden kan man nog säga ”kärt barn har många namn”.

My main focus last week was on pharmaceuticals in the environment. This week I have spent most of my time on CSR related issues. In the different meetings and discussions we have used words and expressions such as social sustainability, ESG (environment, social, governance), social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and integrated reporting. Although the expressions may differ slightly in content from one another, in general it is all about acting responsibly and communicating transparently on all topics to allow for stakeholders (employees, customers, investors etc.) to make relevant and full evaluations.

We had for instance a very exciting workshop on Monday (June 23) arranged by CSR Sweden when we discussed CSR and ESG, and reporting of financial and non-financial information. A background to the discussion could be found in the governmental inquiry on implementation of EU’s reporting directive, where reporting of ”non-financial data” is discussed.

I also had a very exciting meeting with the Forum for Social Innovation Sweden (”Mötesplats för Social Innovation”) to discuss issues on CSR and social innovation. Several interesting ideas were discussed on industry’s responsibility upstream and downstream, collaboration between industry, government, and NGOs, regulation vs volontary initiatives (such as industry code of conducts), etc.

I am really looking forward to continue these discussions moving forward!

En vecka med spännande miljödiskussioner i Bryssel

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Jag har varit nere i Bryssel denna vecka och arbetat tillsammans med EFPIA:s (den europeiska läkemedelsindustriföreningen) arbetsgrupp för läkemedel i miljön (PIETF). Fantastiskt spännande, och en stor del har rört EFPIA:s initiative Eco-Pharmaco-Stewardship (EPS), som du kan läsa mer om på mitt blogginlägg från 27:e maj.

I have had a very exciting week down in Brussels. I have been working with EFPIA’s (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) task force on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PIETF). A large part of the discussions have been on EFPIA’s initiative Eco-Pharmaco-Stewardship (EPS, of which you can read more in the blog post from May 27 for instance).

An interesting coincident was that the EU Commission report on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (written by BIO IS) were published yesterday, right in the middle of our meeting. There will be a lot of discussions regarding the report in the month to come…

Fördelning av miljöarbetsuppgifter i en organisation

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Alla organisationer måste såklart följa lagstiftningen, vilket naturligtvis inkluderar arbetsmiljö- och yttre miljölagstiftning. För att det ska fungera i paktiken är det viktigt att alla olika miljöarbetsuppgifter på ett tydligt sätt fördelas i organisationen. Rätt uppgift, till rätt person på rätt plats i organisationen. Idag har jag föreläst för Pfizer AB:s chefer om miljölagstiftning och fördelning/delegering av miljöarbetsuppgifter. Alltid spännande att följa de funderingar och diskussioner som initieras av en dylik föreläsning!

All organizations have to comply with rules and regulations, this includes of course all relevant work environment and environmental regulations. In order for this to work in practice, it is important and necessary that the work tasks are allocated to managers (and non-manager employees in certain cases) within the organization. The top executive cannot, and shall not, do everything by herself/himself: the right task, to the right person, at the right position in the organization.

I have today given a lecture to all managers in Pfizer AB on the Swedish Work Environment Act (and where relevant the Environmental Code), and the requirements on allocation of tasks within the organization. I have given these kind of training sessions for several years within the company (actually soon two decades…) and it is always fun and interesting to see the questions and discussions that come from understanding the legal requirements, the works tasks that need to be fulfilled, and the potential liabilities if things are not managed correctly.

To learn more on this issue I recommend that you read about the Work Environment Act, Systematic Work Environment Management, and why not even take the web-education on Systematic Work Environment Management (developed by the Swedish Work Environment Authority and Stockholm County Council).