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Employee and environmental data

Employee and environmental data

This report informs you about the Galenica Group’s sustainability activities in 2020. It deals with the twelve main fields of interest in our relevance matrix, which we reviewed and updated in an internal process in 2020.

Due to the IPO of the former Business Unit Galenica Santé on 7 April 2017, employee and environmental data was recalculated with retroactive effect from 2016 on the basis of Galenica Santé data.

Data on our employees

The data on our employees and managers refers to all Galenica Group companies. The figures for continuing education, the talent management programmes, training, illness-related absences and accidents do not yet include the Bichsel Group’s data. Bichsel’s HR is being integrated with effect from 1 January 2021. The diagrams in the Employees section show the 2020 financial year and the four preceding years for comparison.

Data on our environmental impact

The “Environmental responsibility” section contains key figures for the two former Business sectors Retail and Services. For the former Products & Brands Business sector, only environmental data for G-Pharma is provided. This is included in the calculation for Galexis, as the offices of G-Pharma are located at the Galexis site in Niederbipp. The offices of Verfora are leased, which is why no information or estimates are currently available.

In general, the diagrams in the “Environmental responsibility” section refer to the 2020 financial year and the four preceding years for comparison. As we are constantly optimising the environmental indicator system and broadening the scope of the system step by step (due to the primarily inorganic growth of the company), the data has only limited comparability from year to year. In 2018, we had the CO2 conversion factors checked by Myclimate and expanded them to include CO2 equivalents (CO2e). Since then, we have been using solely the CO2e unit and have adjusted the previous years accordingly.

Consumption data for the former Services Business sector includes the energy consumption data from all companies, comprising the Burgdorf, Niederbipp, Lausanne-Ecublens and Barbengo-Lugano sites. In addition, we include the diesel consumption of our own vehicles and of contracted drivers (estimated or measured in tCO2e) as the main indirect source of consumption. In addition, the electricity consumption of Pharmapool has been included since 2017 and its diesel consumption since 2018.

We estimate the consumption data (electricity, heating and waste) for HCI Solutions (former Services Business sector). For this purpose, the energy consumption measured at the Bern site (one of four HCI sites) is extrapolated for the entire company based on the number of employees. This approach is appropriate given that HCI Solutions is a services company that operates in leased offices only and has no significant fluctuations in consumption. Energy consumption at HCI Solutions accounts for less than 1% of Galenica’s total energy consumption.

Only data on electricity consumption and domestic waste is available for the former Retail Business sector. These are estimates based on a representative sample of 20 Amavita, Sun Store and Coop Vitality pharmacies. Almost all premises are leased, which is why only the annual costs for electricity are provided for each location, and not the actual electricity consumption. The electricity consumption of the Amavita, Sun Store and Coop Vitality pharmacies is estimated based on electricity costs in the year under review and the average electricity prices per region according to the Federal Electricity Commission (ElCom). Estimates for Coop Vitality pharmacies have only been available as of 2017. The heating energy consumption in pharmacy locations cannot currently be estimated based on the available data from running cost statements. It is therefore not included in the record. As of 2020, the Bichsel Group’s environmental data, which covers energy consumption (including the fuel consumption of its own fleet) is also included.

The calculated CO2 emissions include both direct and indirect energy-related sources of emissions. According to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, direct sources of emissions include the production of heat for buildings and the operation of the vehicle fleet (= Scope 1). The largest indirect sources of emissions are the production of purchased electricity (= Scope 2) and the logistics services of contracted drivers (= Scope 3).

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