UCB: creating value for patients

UCB aims to be the patient preferred biotech leader, creating value for people living with severe chronic diseases, and their families. In addition, UCB aims to be a social and environmentally conscious leader, adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Creating value for the patient is UCB’s way to address patient needs. Our value creation model starts with insights from patients and ensures that our scientific expertise enables us to identify unique solutions. Ultimately our solutions inspire patient’s lives and ensure that they can live their life to the fullest.

The Sustainability Report 2017 describes the commitment and the efforts in bringing health and health solutions to patients and their families. Further­more, it illustrates our commitment to meeting the numerous challenges of environmental requirements, whilst meeting the needs and expectations of patients, communities, policy makers, society and other stake­holders. The SDGs serve as a reference for the company.

The materiality aspects of the company are reviewed thoroughly and comprehensively by the Corporate Societal Responsibility (“CSR”) Board.

In September 2017, a new Belgian legislation on non-financial reporting became effective. As relates to the Sustainability Report, this legislation requires the company to report on five CSR areas: environmental; social and employee matters; human rights; anti-corruption and bribery; and diversity & inclusion. The first four of these five CSR areas are detailed in this report*. The additional information for the four areas include the policies, the due diligence processes, the outcomes and the risks, as well as, the key relevant performance indicators (KPIs). The findings of these additional reporting requirements have been embedded in the introduction of the respective chapters within this report. Further information on diversity and inclusion can be found in the 2017 Annual Report.

The Sustainability Report is prepared in accordance with the core criteria of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting indicators. GRI G4 financial indicators will be cross-referenced to the Annual Report, as was done in the previous year.

Training per employee (icon)


Training per employee
Community sponsorships (icon)

€ 7 million

Community sponsorships
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Electricity from renewable sources
Women/men (icon)


Employees consider UCB a socially responsible company (icon)


Of the employees consider UCB a socially responsible company
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Carbon compensation projects

* Text is highlighted in grey boxes throughout the Sustainability Report.