We will apply our innovation to increase our positive impact on society. We are improving the lives of our own employees and people around the world by developing ingredients to improve health and wellbeing as well as encouraging and promoting diversity.
Specific SDG targets: 5.5
Partnerships for the Goals
At the end of 2018 we acquired Biosector, a leading adjuvant specialist for vaccines. Adjuvants are critical components of vaccines enabling a higher efficacy and improved safety profile while potentially reducing the antigen concentration. This acquisition is fully aligned with our Purpose of using Smart Science to Improve LivesTM by advancing disease prevention. It is estimated that, each year, our adjuvant facility in Denmark supplies ingredients that are used in over two billion vaccines globally. We have acquired a strong pipeline of innovative, next generation vaccine adjuvants, that will be beneficial to the pharmaceutical industry in tackling more challenging pathogens. Through partnering with our customers we will be able to positively contribute to SDG 3, Good Health and Wellbeing, aimed at the successful development and commercialisation of many of the World Health organisation (WHO) listed pipeline vaccines, including those targeting HIV-1, malaria, and tuberculosis. As an example, this year we have introduced QS-21, an adjuvant for use in human vaccines. This is a purified and potent plant extract included in projects to prevent malaria.
In 2004, we introduced our Croda Vision, this has become an important part of describing our company, our people and the values, behaviours and attitudes we expect of ourselves. Foundation of the survey To understand if the Croda Vision was experienced across our global organisation, we launched a Global Employee Culture Survey, the first for over 10 years. The survey was designed internally to test the elements of our culture that are important to us and that we believe set us apart from our peers. The survey was divided into four sections. Three directly relating to our culture; ‘Who we are’, ‘How we work together’ and ‘How we manage our work’. The fourth section contained additional general employee engagement questions. The response The results of the survey have been encouraging, with positive scores in excess of 65% for the questions relating to our culture; indeed some of the questions in these sections achieved positive scores in excess of 80%. For the general engagement questions responses were on average over 50% positive, a little behind the culture results. A great deal of work is now being undertaken to further analyse and review the survey results in every location and business unit, and heads of businesses and locations are in the process of sharing the results with employees locally. Listening groups have been established to provide in-depth commentary where more detailed feedback is required. Each location has been asked to identify and deliver three actions during 2018 that can make a positive difference to our culture. These actions, wherever possible, will be addressed by employees and managers together and already in many places employees have volunteered to help with this work. We also recognise, however, that some issues will need to be addressed on a global basis. Here work is beginning on these items particularly relating to the sharing of knowledge across the Business.
Our manufacturing site in Gouda, the Netherlands, has partnered with Goudse Panelen, an energy co-operative that develop solar roof projects to deliver renewable electricity benefits to the local community. As part of this project, and our commitment to our local community, we have provided roof space, free of charge, on which 670 solar panels have been installed, these will generate around 188MWh of electricity per year. These panels can be ‘bought’ by local residents, who then receive a reduction in their energy bill related to the number of panels they have. The scheme is particularly attractive for those living in rented accommodation or apartments, without available roof space. We are very proud to be involved in developing a sustainable local community and hope to increase the number of solar panels installed in the future.
Excipients are the inactive components in medicines and are critical to their effectiveness. Without them the active ingredients that are responsible for the therapeutic benefits could not be delivered to the patient. Excipients have to meet well defined standards of quality so that they are safe to be used in medicines. Our extensive range of excipients are supplied to customers around the world and can be found in all types of medicines. Another critical role for excipients is to help prevent the degradation of the active ingredient which can have a significant impact on the efficacy of the medicine. Our standard grade excipients perform acceptably, our high-purity technology has the ability to purify our excipients to unsurpassed levels whilst remaining fully compliant with global standards. When using high-purity excipients, interactions with the active ingredient are minimised leading to an improved stability profile for the medicine. With better shelf life, the medicine can be made safely available to patients for longer periods of time thereby minimising waste.
We are delighted to be part of a collaborative project based in Togo, where we donate our Solaveil inorganic UV filters to the National Association of Albinos for use in local production of sunscreens. For Africans living with albinism, sun protection is paramount for preventing skin lesions, the most serious being skin cancer. Togo is a developing country with around 1,500 residents suffering from albinism. ANAT (Association Nationale des Albinos du Togo) is the main organisation in Togo for people with albinism, and is run by people with albinism. In order to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of people with albinism in Togo, ANAT has implemented the following activities: • Dermatology consultation campaign in two regions in Togo • Local production of sunscreen • Awareness campaign for people with albinism and their families. By working alongside a consultant, our technical expertise has been key to developing a formulation for ANAT’s sunscreen project. We will continue to work with ANAT on their important sun protection project, contributing to the health and wellbeing of this community in Togo.
2018 saw our people invest 5,117 hours spent in our local communities volunteering, many of these in schools conducting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, supporting our business objective of developing the scientists of tomorrow; talent we depend upon for the future of our Business. Within this, a group of children from a primary school close to our global headquarters at Cowick Hall in the UK came to the site for a ‘Dragons Den’ style STEM session. Here, the pupils aged 9-10 and 10-11 presented their bubble bath formulations and marketing plans to a judging panel of Cowick based experts. These had been developed following a Croda STEM ambassador visit to their school where a session called ‘Fun with Foam’ had been run. This had inspired them to use the knowledge gained to create their bubble bath formulations.
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