We aim to serve patients wherever they are in the world with the highest quality medicines. When it is optimal for manufacturing to take place in the country where the product will be used, we either collaborate with local partners such as Contract Manufacturing Organisations or create our own production sites. We are currently engaged in projects in several countries with complex operating environments, including Algeria, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
We are currently mapping where our policies for respecting human rights are already embedded in the full project lifecycle from idea to execution. Relevant policies include Local Manufacturing Strategy, Investment Policy and Project Execution Model.
The International Operations Local Manufacturing unit in Product Supply is responsible for project execution. We are currently ensuring that internal human rights expertise is used to set direction for how respect for human rights is an integral part of the projects.
Where there are publicly known human rights risks in specific operating contexts, we will conduct enhanced human rights due diligence of our own activities and local partners. In addition to desk research and taking into account internal human rights experts’ input, we will also draw upon external experts’ input, peers and local knowledge. We are developing internal training for such risks for project staff in the Product Supply unit.
Any concern or question regarding our responsible business conduct in local production projects and/or operations can be brought to the Compliance Hotline (in over 40 languages).