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Roche ranked the most sustainable healthcare company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the tenth year running


Category: Health

For the tenth consecutive year, Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) has been recognised as the most sustainable company in the Pharmaceuticals index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). This is based on an in-depth analysis of economic, social and environmental performance. The DJSI family of indices serves as a benchmark for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios.

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Roche has maintained its leadership through its excellent sustainability strategy, which is fully embedded in the company’s business and culture.

“We are proud of being recognised once again for our sustainability efforts,” says Roche CEO Severin Schwan. “Our most important contribution to society is the development of medicines and diagnostics that significantly improve people’s lives. Open and constructive dialogue with other companies, universities, doctors and patients plays an essential role here in understanding the needs of our partners in the healthcare sector and enabling us to work together to develop more targeted medical solutions faster.”

One example is Roche’s partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). Since 2010, Roche has been actively supporting the Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI) as part of a collaboration between companies, non-profit organisations and private individuals. Through this partnership, Roche will soon start to offer study participants access to its digital biomarker platform, which monitors symptoms of disease progression. The anonymised data collected by the technology will be published by the PPMI publicly on a regular basis, for the whole research community – including Roche’s competitors – to access. The hope is that by doing this, we will be able to better investigate disease progression, speed up clinical development and improve the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
By helping to accelerate clinical studies and get urgently needed treatments to patients faster, partnerships like this one are essential to the advancement of medicine.

Sustainability at Roche
For over 120 years, sustainability has been an integral part of Roche’s business. Roche follows a holistic approach when managing sustainability: In addition to improving access to products, the company’s strategy also focuses on achieving continuous progress in areas such as social responsibility, environmental protection, supply chain sustainability, people attraction and retention.

Roche makes its biggest contribution to society by improving healthcare provision. It does so by developing the best diagnostic tests and medicines capable of meeting some of the world’s most pressing medical needs.

Roche is aware that this cannot be done alone. The company knows that the key to creating sustainable value and growth lies in partnering with stakeholders and engaging in open, constructive dialogue. By doing so, Roche not only generates value for society through its medicines and technology but achieves sustainable economic growth for itself.

Examples of our activities in sustainability areas can be found here:

Source: Roche

Published: September 22, 2018