Thinking about the future for the welfare of the planet and the welfare of the people

Besides economic gains, more and more companies are adding earnings to income statements that are perhaps unearned, but of great value. This includes the effects of its activity on the environment or the company’s policy regarding the welfare of its collaborators. In keeping with this philosophy, Boehringer Ingelheim has developed a rigorous strategic approach to sustainability known as Generational Sustainable Development.

The commitment of this family-owned drug company is clear: to consider sustainable development an essential part of its business, and to concern about protecting resources, the environment, the people who work with them, as well as society at large.

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During its 136-year history, everyone in the company has worked to improve the health of people and animals, as well as help make our world a better place. As Anna Urmenita, Project Coordinator at Boehringer Ingelheim Spain explains, “As a family business, we think about current and future generations. For us, it is our priority to operate in a sustainable way, because by minimizing our environmental impact, we will ensure that people and animals can evolve in a sustainable manner. A healthy and thriving context. For this reason, sustainability in all its forms and variants is at the heart of our business.”

Its sustainability strategy is based on three main pillars aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the United Nations: more health, more environment, and more potential. The first aims to ensure good health for patients and animals, and to invest in therapeutic solutions that meet unmet medical needs and increase quality of life. The second focuses on the health of the entire planet, by protecting natural resources and reducing the ecological footprint. The latter is the one with whom the company works to improve the health of individuals and the communities in which they reside by promoting sustainability and collective inclusion.

As a family business, we think about current and future generations. For us, it is our priority to operate in a sustainable way, because by minimizing our environmental impact, we will ensure that people and animals can develop in a healthy and prosperous context.”

Anne Urmenita Project Coordinator at Boehringer Ingelheim Spain

To date, they have already implemented 20 initiatives around the world and more than 110 proposals at the local level focusing on these areas. Having achieved carbon neutrality in its carbon footprint in Bands 1 and 2, one of the primary commitments the company has made in Spain with the “More Environment” pillar is to continue to reduce its impact and to integrate this commitment throughout its value chain. It also focuses on reducing the water footprint by protecting clean water for the communities in which it regularly operates, promoting recycling policies to reduce general operational waste and applying environmental design concepts and green chemistry to all new products.

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The work carried out so far has crystallized into a series of significant achievements, such as obtaining carbon neutrality certification in all operations. This recognition, awarded by the environmental services company ClimateSeed in 2021, highlights a series of actions and initiatives recently launched by Boehringer Ingelheim. “This certification – tells us Monica Sanchez, who is responsible for the environment, health, safety and sustainability of the company – highlights the various actions and initiatives we have taken in our ambition to contribute positively to reducing the carbon footprint in the environment.”

“At Boehringer Ingelheim, we think about current and future generations. This is why protecting the planet is at the center of everything we do”

Anna UrmenitaProject Coordinator at Boehringer Ingelheim Spain

In addition, the company was able to use electricity from 100% renewable sources and certified by the National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC). It has also succeeded in reducing paper consumption by 50%, removing single-use plastics from its facilities, and promoting reduced consumption and water reuse.

For all of these reasons, it was recently awarded LEED Gold certification, which identifies the Sant Cugat Company building as an outstanding example of energy efficiency and environmental protection. To all of this, we must add other milestones, such as being able to extract value from 98.8% of waste, reducing everything that goes to landfill, or implementing a company’s displacement plan, which focuses on reducing 17% of employees’ mobility and 20% carbon footprint Reduction in accident rates.


As Monica Sanchez, at Boehringer Ingelheim Spain, points out, “Respect for the environment is a prerequisite in all our strategy, because only through sustainable management can we continue to progress while taking care of natural resources.”

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