TAG overview

Recognition and rankings

The following overview presents a selection of major awards and recognition that we have received or achieved. Information on additional recognition and accolades received by individual businesses or sites can be found in the respective chapter of our 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report, or on our company’s website.

CR Performance

Access to Medicine Index

In 2018, our company was ranked fourth place in the Access to Medicine Index, a position we have held since 2016, and one that has consistently put us among the top five companies in the listing. Published every two years by the international non-profit Access to Medicine Foundation, this initiative evaluates pharmaceutical companies in areas where they have the biggest potential and responsibility to bring about change in developing countries.


CDP climate and water

Since 2008, we’ve been reporting our climate impact mitigation activities to the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). In 2018, we scored a C in the CDP, versus a B in 2017. The CDP assesses the strategy used and the success achieved by companies in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as how they address the risks and consequences of climate change.

In addition to reporting on our climate action, since 2016 we have been reporting our water-related performance and processes to the CDP. In 2018, we received a B- for our water management practices, versus a B in 2017.

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 evaluates suppliers from 120 countries across the categories of Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. As a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative, we also undergo this assessment and, as in 2017, were once more awarded Gold status in 2018, putting us among the top 1% of all participating companies.


ESG rating from MSCI

MSCI is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services for institutional investors as well as environment, social and governance ratings (ESG). This independent organization assesses companies according to their exposure to industry-significant ESG risks and their ability to manage those risks relative to industry peers. In May 2018, MSCI gave us an “AAA”, their highest rating and one that puts us among the top 3% of all companies evaluated. They particularly praised our Group-wide ISO 9001 certification, our collaboration in industry-wide initiatives and our robust quality management system.


ESG rating from Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is a company that rates the sustainability of listed companies based on their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) performance. In 2018, this organization awarded us 79 out of 100 points, putting us among the leading pharmaceutical companies. We received particularly high marks in the categories of corporate governance and community outreach, and even our environmental performance earned a high score that far exceeded the average.


Good Company Ranking

In 2018, the management consultancy Kirchhoff Consult released its sixth Good Company Ranking, an index that is published every two years. Among the 30 DAX member companies, we took fourth place in this latest round, having moved up six positions from our 2016 rating.


Institute for Ecological Economy Research ranking

In 2018, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and “future e. V. – verantwortung unternehmen” issued their tenth ranking of sustainability reporting by major German companies. This index assesses factors such as the environmental impacts of production processes, transparent communication and efforts to enhance supply chain sustainability. Our 2017 CR Report achieved a score of 426 in the latest ranking, putting us in sixth place.


oekom-research sustainability rating

In 2018, the sustainability ratings agency oekom research AG gave our company a B- on a scale of A+ (top mark) to D-, once more granting us oekom Prime Status (“good” to “very good”) as they did in 2017.


Sustainability indices

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

In 2015, we were added to the ESI Excellence Europe, a sustainability index that includes the 200 top-rated European companies based on their corporate responsibility performance. We are also a member of the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register.


Euronext-Vigeo Eurozone 120 Index

Since 2015, we have been members of the Euronext-Vigeo Eurozone 120, an index that features the 120 most successful European companies in terms of their environmental, social and governance practices.


FTSE4Good Index

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


STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Index

In 2018, our company was once again included in STOXX Global ESG Leaders, a sustainability index that assesses companies based on key environmental, social and governance criteria.


CR awards

Annual Report Competition ARC Awards

In October 2018, our 2017 CR Report won three gold international ARC awards in the categories of Interactive Annual Report, Design/Graphics and Interior Design. MerComm, Inc. has been presenting the ARC Awards since 1987, in an effort to reward and recognize achievements in report design, imagery and content.


Building Public Trust Award

In October 2018, we received a Building Public Trust Award in the category of “Non-Financial Reporting DAX 30”. In presenting this prize, auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) recognized the non-financial reporting required by the German CSR Directive Implementation Act, the first time this organization has done so.


Econ Awards

Presented by German publisher Econ, the Econ Awards recognize outstanding concepts and practices in corporate communications. In October 2018, we won a Gold Econ Award for our digital 2017 CR Report, with special mention made of its user-friendliness, high-level content and attractive design.

www.econforum.de (German only)


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