Safety, Security, Health & Environment

We promote and provide a safe, secure and healthy workplace as well as a clean environment

Safety, security, health and environmental protection (SHE) are integral parts of our operations and as such we approach them with the same level of commitment as we do with any business- related activities.

As part of our commitments towards sustainable development we proactively seek to employ new, more sustainable technologies and processes to minimise our impact on the environment.

Roche’s operations are conducted in compliance with applicable health, security, safety and environmental laws and regulations, company standards and best practices. We take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that we provide a safe, secure, healthy and clean working environment.

The Roche safety, security, health and environmental protection policy is implemented in a systematic manner by means of all necessary technical, organisational and personal measures.

We strive for continuous improvement wherever possible and economically viable. We regularly monitor our performance to ensure compliance with our standards and objectives as well as to ensure our behaviour, processes and equipment are state-of-the-art.

Every employee is personally responsible for safety, security, health and environmental protection at the workplace to the full extent required by his/her duties to the best of his/her knowledge, ability and experience. We are all encouraged to identify areas for improvements and continuously work towards a better environment.

We are all expected to:
  • Ensure safety and security, and protect health and the environment at our workplace to the best of our knowledge, ability and experience.
  • Integrate considerations regarding safety, security, health and environment into our daily work.
  • Report concerns relating to safety, security, health and environment.
Questions & Answers

How important is the protection of the environment for Roche?

The protection of the environment has a high priority for Roche. As part of our commitments towards sustainable development we proactively seek to employ new, more sustainable technologies and processes to minimise our impact on the environment. Roche is globally recognised as a leader in its efforts for the protection of the environment. Each and every Roche employee can, and should, within the sphere of his/her responsibilities and influence, contribute to the protection of the environment.

We have an issue affecting several departments and countries. We plan for a meeting, bringing together different teams to discuss this topic. What should we consider regarding SHE?

Air travel has a significant impact on the total eco-balance of Roche. We therefore need to minimise business flights through the following considerations: Hold the meeting as a video / telepresence conference. If a meeting in person is needed, reduce the number of participants – send a competent representative instead of a whole team. Choose a location which minimises the total miles. Combine the business trip with others to reduce the miles.

Further Informations

Further information and guidance: Various Roche Position Papers (e.g. Roche Position Paper on SHE in the Supply Chain; Roche Position Paper on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment); Roche Policy on SHE in the Roche Group; Roche Guidelines for the Assurance of SHE in the Roche Group; eLearning program “Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Protection” (RoSHE). These materials can be found on the Roche intranet (website of Group SHE and Group Legal Department) and partially on the Roche internet.
Help & advice: In case of questions regarding safety, security, health and environment issues, please contact your local SHE-Manager.
Speak up: If you believe in good faith that in connection with a business where Roche is involved someone has done, is doing, or may be about to do something that violates the provisions regarding SHE, speak up by using the available speak up channels.