Data regarding human resources are consolidated for all UCB companies worldwide that are globally integrated into our financial reports, regardless of their activity (research or industrial sites, affiliates, headquarters).

The Sustainability Report covers the data from January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016.

The 2015 Annual Report, including the Sustainability Report, was published on February 29, 2016.


The changes in workforce by employee organization, implemented in early 2015, regroup employees under the following four Patient Value Pillars: Patient Value Functions; Patient Value Practices; Patient Value Units, and Patient Value Operations. The Patient Value Functions regroup colleagues from Talent and Company Reputation, Finance, Legal Affairs, Public Affairs and Internal Audit, Quality Assurance, Health, Safety and Environment and Drug Safety. Colleagues of the Patient Value Unit Bone and Immunology are reported as one entity, as are the Patient Value Practices, which are also reported as one entity.

The turnover calculation is based on the total number of employees who departed the organization voluntarily or due to dismissal, retirement, or death in-service divided by the total workforce.

Newcomers include colleagues in ‘new position’ and ‘replacement’; whereas ‘inactive employees’ (return from long-term sick leave, career break, sabbatical or parental leave) are not included.

Departures include colleagues with ‘terminated contract’, ‘retirement’ and ‘death in service’; whereas ‘inactive employees’ are not included.


During the implementation of a new information system in 2016 that consolidated the trainings organized by UCB, some of the employee data could not be migrated. In addition, the tracking of time was calibrated on the estimated time to complete a training course rather than the actual time.

The Code of Conduct mandatory training is to be completed annually, whereas the Drug Safety training is to be completed bi-annually by all employees. The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption training is to be completed bi-annually by a subset of employees.

Students, apprentices and trainees are not included in the training data.

Geographical presence

The regional split is as follows:

  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom (U.K.)
  • United States (U.S.)
  • Japan
  • International markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Malasyia, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine

Occupational, Health and Safety

Occupational, Health and Safety data relate to 99% of people working at UCB.


Planet data are consolidated for all manufacturing and research sites, HQ, and affiliates from China, India, Italy, Japan, Germany, Mexico and U.S. This scope covers 86% of UCB’s workforce and is similar to last year’s data.

For each of these, it is stated whether UCB’s level of reporting covers the requirements in full or in part.

The following observations have been made during the data validation and consolidation process:

  • In Atlanta (U.S.) and Monheim (Germany), facilities are rented to 3rd parties and there are no separate utility meters installed. As a result, consumption is overestimated for which the impact cannot be reliably measured.
  • In Braine-l’Alleud (Belgium), diesel for utility vehicles is reported within fuel consumption, as it is stored in the same tank; hence it is difficult to estimate precisely.
  • The 2016, direct CO2-emissions for natural gas consumption is calculated considering the high or low heating value. As of 2016, conversion factors published in the “Bilan Carbone” guidelines, version 7.51 are used. Previously, conversion factors published in the intergovernmental panel on Climate Change 2006 Guidelines for national Greenhouse Gas inventories and the U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2013 Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting: Methodology Paper for Emission Factors were used. The new factors were chosen in order to be consistent with a CO2-mapping exercise completed by UCB in 2015 and based upon the “Bilan Carbone” methodology.
  • Considering a growing percentage of electricity being generated from renewable sources, CO2-emissions resulting from electricity consumption were calculated on market based CO2-equivalents of the electricity mix consumed as reported by the UCB sites. When for a given site a specific ratio was not available, location based ratios published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2016 were applied. Conversion factors used to calculate the CO2-emissions caused by business travel by air take radiative forcing into account.
  • A total of 97% of waste generated by UCB is recovered and the methods by which waste is recovered are classified according to Annex B to the EU directive 2008/98/EU.
  • The ‘other indirect GHG emissions (scope-3)’ reported under GRI indicator EN17 relate to domestic and international travel performed by UCB employees working in 33 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malasia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South-Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and U.S.).