Tillbaka på nutritionsfabriken i Fyrislund, Uppsala

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Som du kanske kommer ihåg från mitt blogginlägg från 30 januari 2014, så arbetade jag i gamla Pharmacias nutritionslösningsverksamhet (idag Fresenius Kabi) under mina första år i läkemedelsbranschen. I går var jag tillbaka i Fyrislund i Uppsala och fick möjligheten att både diskutera hållbarhetsfrågor samt se fabriken från insidan. Så kul!

Fresenius Kabi, Uppsala

Fresenius Kabi, Uppsala

As you may recall from my blog post from Jan 30 this year, I worked my first years in the pharmaceutical industry in the nutrition division of the old Pharmacia company (today a part of Fresenius Kabi). My main focus was packaging development and environmental matters. Really fun and interesting years. And yesterday I had the privilege to be back again at Fresenius Kabi in Fyrislund in Uppsala, Sweden, to not only discuss sustainability matters but also see the entire factory from the inside. It brought back many good memories, and it was good to see that environmental considerations play an important role in the plant objectives and programs.

Keep up the good work – I hope to be given the opportunity to visit soon again!

Härlig vecka – mängder med intressanta möten

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Det har verkligen varit en härlig vecka. Den började med annandag påsk och några timmars fiolspel i solskenet på Skansen, och sen har det ena intressanta mötet avlöst det andra. I stort sett alla mina favoritfrågeställningar och forum har funnits på agendan: ”Mer än läkemedel”, möte med LIF:s Expertgrupp Miljö, diskussioner med Socialdepartementet om gröna läkemedel, möte med Pfizer Sverige Corporate Affairs, LIF:s informationsmöte om Ansvarsfullt företagande och branschens rykte och förtroende, och så idag uppstarten på SIWI:s nya nätverk ”Vatten och läkemedel”.

It has been a really good work week. It actually started out with a public holiday, ending Easter. For several hours I, together with my girlfriend Maria, played folkmusic at the outdoor museum Skansen in Stockholm. And the sun was shining – magic! And then when I was back in the office on Tuesday it started with a Pfizer internal meeting on ”more-than-medication”. A topic which you know, if you follow my blog, that I really like. Read for instance my blog post from May 2 last year.

Directly after the ”more than medication-meeting”, I had a meeting with LIF’s Expertgroup Environment. Always good meetings where representatives from several pharmaceutical companies in Sweden discuss environmental issues. And then on Tuesday morning I sat down with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and discussed among other things green pharmaceuticals. You know from several blog post during the last few years (e.g. Feb 5 2014, Nov 22 2013, June 20 2013) that LIF has developed an environemntal assessment model for pharmaceutical products. Our aim has been that the model should be utilized in connection to green economic incentives in the pricing and reimbursement system in Sweden. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs have however not moved forward on the proposal for such a scheme. Instead we now, as a first step, agreed to test the model within the OTC market (i.e. for prescription free medicines). I’ll come back to this initiative in later blog posts – it will be an interesting test of the model and to evaluate whether or not patients are interested in green pharmaceuticals.

Then Wednesday was concluded with a Pfizer Sweden internal Corporate Affairs meeting. Always interesting to discuss with colleagues on a holistic corporate level, and see how and where sustainability really matters!

Yesterday was really interesting when LIF’s (the research based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden) Strategic Committee on Trust & Reputation (where I am the chairman) together with LIF’s Expertgroup External Affairs organized a seminar on trust and reputation for the pharmaceutical industry. A very successful meeting where we had several interesting, and challeging discussions. I am happy to see that the industry continues to take corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility, and sustainability issues seriously! It is of great importance if we should have the trust and reputation we feel we deserve!

And then today SIWI (Swedish International Water Institute) and Swedish Water House launched the new cluster group on Water and Pharmaceuticals.

Water and Pharmaceuticals

Water and Pharmaceuticals

It was a good meeting today. Cecilia de Pedro (from Respect, and earlier at AstraZeneca) started out discussing pharmaceutical manufacturing in Hyderabad, India. I have discussed several times here at the blog the findings she made back in 2005/2006 and the research Joakim Larsson have continued in the area (see for instance the blog post from Aug 16, 2010). Cecilia was in Hyderabad again last year and she discussed the changes, and lack of changes, that have taken place (or not taken place…). Interesting and a thought provoking presentation. Then I described all initiative that is ongoing in Europe and Sweden in the pharmaceuticals in the environment arena. A lot of good and intersting initiatives from industry, governments, and academia. And before we broke up in smaller groups in order to discuss proposals for the way forward for the cluster group, Renee Andersson from Indiska described her, and the textile industry’s, very impressive green journey they have undertaken for the last 10 years. There’s something to learn from and being inspired by! Thanks Renee!

As I said – a really good work week. It is now time to start the week end!

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!

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!

CSR4Real – spännande diskussioner med CSR Swedens medlemmar

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SWEDISH SUMMARY: Idag genomförde CSR Sweden det första mötet inom ramen för initiativet CSR4Real. CSR4Real erbjuder ett forum för CSR Swedens medlemsbolag att diskutera frågor sinsemellan. Idag pratade vi såväl om organisatoriska frågeställningar, proaktivitet i arbetet, CSR-frågans koppling till kärnuppdraget samt vad ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) egentligen betyder. Stort tack till Lena Hök som stod som värd idag på Skandia och som gav en inspirerande inledande föreläsning!

Lena Hök, Skandia

Lena Hök, Skandia

Today CSR Sweden arranged a first meeting in the initiative CSR4Real. The initiative is meant to be a platform where CSR Sweden’s members can discuss issues with colleagues and peers. On the aganda today we had organizational matters, the need for proactive actions and connection of CSR and sustainability issues to the core business. We also had an interesting discussion together with Ola Löhman regarding the definition and purport of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance). What do we mean when we talk about ESG reporting and integrated reporting? The discussions where really good and intense. Thanks to both Lena Hök (for both hosting the meeting at Skandia and for the introductory presentation) and Ola Löhman. The discussions will definitely continue!