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Annual Report 2018
Welcome to our
Integrated Annual Report 2018
In this new format we like to continue our journey with you …
We will continue to engage: developing our people, institutionalizing reflection and continuous learning, increasing collaboration and ensuring early and consistent engagement of patients, physicians, payers, regulators and partners. We continue and welcome an open dialog with all our stakeholders.Read the letter to our stakeholders
Everything we do starts with a simple question:
“How will this create value for people living with severe chronic diseases?”
We are engaging with patients to better understand their clinical, economic, social and personal needs. What matters to patients is how they feel in their everyday life as they progress on their healthcare journey. Because we are not just treating a disease. We are caring for individual people. Patients inspire us to bring them value through more cutting-edge science, more innovative drugs, and more practical solutions …
Providing innovative solutions to patients today & tomorrow
More than 3.3 million patients use our main medicines, helping them to regain some confidence in their life. Some patients are still waiting for an appropriate treatment so we keep on searching …
Conducting business ethically and responsibly
Integrity, transparency, ethical behavior and risk management help us navigate through the challenging business and legal environments.
Fostering a diverse & inclusive organization
We are 7 495 employees working together, focusing on one goal:
making a difference in patients’ life.
Creating a positive impact on communities
As a corporate citizen we also have a role to play within our communities – whether they are next door or miles away.
Taking actions to limit our environmental footprint
We take our responsibility to the planet very seriously; this is the reason why we set ambitious environmental targets.
Building up strong financial foundations
Over the years, UCB has delivered continuous growth, increasing profitability, and lowered debt while investing over 20% in R&D.
Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
UCB also supports various initiatives to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (also known as SDGs).
SDG 3: Good health and well-being for people
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 4: Quality education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5: Gender equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13: Climate action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 15: Life on land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Sustainable Development Goals
UCB also supports various initiatives to contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (also known as SDGs).Sustainable Development Goals
About this report
This Integrated Annual Report 2018 includes the management report in accordance with article 12 of the Royal Decree of 14 November 2007 relating to the obligations of issuers of financial instruments admitted to trading on a regulated market. All information required to be included in such management report pursuant to articles 96 and 119 of the Belgian Companies Code (i.e. Corporate Governance Statement – Remuneration Report included –, Business Performance Review and UCB’s Statement on non-financial information) is reported throughout all different sections of this Integrated Annual Report 2018.