Annual Report 2018

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Welcome to our
Integrated Annual Report 2018

In this new format we like to continue our journey with you …

Jean-Christophe Tellier and Evelyn du Monceau

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.

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We build on a strong heritage

UCB is strongly committed to a culture of integrity, transparency and ethical leadership.

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We are a global player

We are 7 495 employees focused on creating value for patients.

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Our commitments

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 …

Our Patient Value Strategy

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 …

Our governance

Conducting business ethically and responsibly

Integrity, transparency, ethical behavior and risk management help us navigate through the challenging business and legal environments.

Our people

Fostering a diverse & inclusive organization

We are 7 495 employees working together, focusing on one goal:
making a difference in patients’ life.

Our community engagement

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.

Our environmental footprint

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.

Our financials

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
Stakeholder dialogue

Further insights

GRI Index

This Report is prepared in accordance with the core criteria of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

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Data and reporting 2018

An overview of our People, Environmental and Financial data.

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Downloads overview

All report downloads in one place:
PDF chapters and XLS tables

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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.