Recognition and rankings

The following overview presents a selection of major ratings and rankings. Information on additional ratings and accolades received by individual businesses or sites can be found in the respective chapter of our 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, or on our company’s website.

CR performance

Access to Medicine Index

In 2016, our company moved up to fourth place in the Access to Medicine Index (2014: sixth place). This index assesses 20 pharmaceutical companies with respect to their efforts to improve access to medicine in developing countries. It is published every two years by the Access to Medicine Foundation, an international non-profit organization.

CDP climate and water

Since 2008, we’ve been reporting our climate impact mitigation activities to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). In 2017, we scored a B in the CDP and are thus among the top 37% of healthcare companies. The CDP assesses the strategy used and the success achieved by companies in reducing their emissions, as well as how they address the risks and consequences of climate change.

In addition to these efforts, since 2016 we have also been reporting our water-related performance and processes to the CDP. In 2017, we received a B for our water management, thus moving up two places over the previous year. This good score was particularly attributable to our Water Protection standard, our strategic goals and the concrete steps we took to conserve water. The CDP evaluates performance in the areas of climate and water on a scale from A to D-, with A being the top score.

EcoVadis rating

The independent rating agency EcoVadis assesses suppliers from 120 countries across the categories of Environment, Labor Practices, Fair Business Practices, and Sustainable Procurement. As a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative, we also undergo this assessment. In 2017 we were awarded the Gold recognition level and were thus among the top 1% of all participating companies.

Good Company Ranking

In 2016 Kirchhoff Consult, a management consultancy, published its fifth Good Company Ranking. Among the 30 companies included in the DAX, we took tenth place. The ranking is published every two years.

oekom research Sustainability Rating

In 2017, the sustainability ratings agency oekom research AG gave our company a B- on a scale of A+ (top grade) to D-. As in the previous year, we thus once more achieved oekem Prime Status (“good” to “very good”).

Vigeo Eiris Human Rights Study

In 2016 Vigeo Eiris, a sustainability rating and research agency, analyzed the extent to which over 3,000 companies meet their social responsibility to respect human rights. Our company ranks among the top 30 companies and achieved 69 out of 100 points, a score which corresponds to the highest of the four levels.

Sustainability indices

Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register

In 2015 we were added to the ESI Excellence Europe, which includes the 200 top-rated European companies based on their corporate responsibility performance. We are also included in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register.

Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120 Index

Since 2015, we have been included in the Euronext-Vigeo Eurozone 120, which comprises the 120 highest-ranking European companies in terms of their environmental, social and governance efforts.

FTSE4GOOD Global Index

Since 2008, we have been included in the FTSE4GOOD Global Index, a leading international sustainability index that annually measures the performance of companies in demonstrating strong environmental, social and ethical practices.

STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index

In 2017, our company was once again included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders sustainability index, which assesses companies based on key environmental, social and governance criteria.

CR awards

Annual Report Competition (ARC) awards

In October 2017, our 2016 CR Report was awarded eight international ARC accolades across various categories, in particular in Interactive Annual Report, Interior Design, and Design/Graphics. Established by MerComm, Inc. in 1987, the ARC awards were created to honor particularly harmonious concepts in the fields of design, picture composition and written text.

Econ Awards

Presented by the German publisher Econ, the Econ Awards recognize outstanding concepts and practices in corporate communications. In November 2017, we won a Gold Econ Award for the digital version of our 2016 CR Report, with special mention made of its user-friendliness, information content and attractive presentation. We also received a Gold Econ Award for our curiosity campaign entitled #catchcurious, which was especially praised by the jury for linking scientific curiosity with our company values. (German only)

Greenhouse gases
Gases in the atmosphere that contribute to global warming. They can be either naturally occurring or caused by humans (such as CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels).

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