Environmental Sustainability

The active environmental policy of Lek, a Sandoz company, is implemented through a number of activities to protect the environment, that often go beyond mere fulfillment of statutory provisions. Business decisions are made in consideration of direct and indirect environmental impacts. We are striving to make rational and efficient use of natural resources.

We consider environmental criteria when implementing innovations in development 

In the area of innovation and development of new products, we carefully consider all benefits and risks in a scientific and transparent manner. The obtained results significantly influence our decisions in the field of introducing innovations.

Novartis Environmental Management System 

All our sites implement the Novartis Environmental Management System (EMS). Our adherence to legal requirements and corporate guidelines is the foundation of our HSE management system. 

Applying permanent measures reduces environmental pollution 

We reduce environmental impacts during every lifecycle phase of our products. We are fully committed to making a rational use of raw materials and reduce other environmental impacts per product unit, such as improving energy efficiency, water consumption, reducing waste volumes and VOC emissions per production unit.

Waste re-use and recycling are integral parts of the production of pharmaceutical ingredients. The share of recycled water, mostly reused for the cooling of processes, has also increased. We take a sustainable approach to packaging development. 

Measurements and monitoring 

We strive to make continuous progress in our use of raw materials and energy resources, and in the reduction of environmental impact, which is constantly monitored through regular measurements and data follow-up.

In accordance with legal requirements and Novartis internal standards we conduct our own environmental impact measurements, internal audits and inspections and ensure continuous and regular monitoring of independent external institutions. 

Environmental standards and guidelines 

We adhere to the ISO 14001 environmental standard, the international OHSAS 18001 occupational safety and health standard, and the Responsible Care Initiative for the chemical industry, coupled with the EMAS Eco-Management Scheme.

We report on our commitment to reduce environmental impacts that result from our activities and products in a transparent manner, in accordance with the above-mentioned standards and the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Acquired Standards in the field of Health, Safety and Environment
ISO 45001, ISO 14001, Responsible Care Initiative (RCI), EMAS