Our ambition for patients

Our ambition for patients

We have a fundamental commitment to people living with severe diseases, their caregivers and their families to allow them to live their best lives. We continuously innovate to bring differentiated solutions with unique outcomes that help specific patients achieve their life goals and that create the best individual experience for them. This also means ensuring access for all who need these solutions, in a way which is viable for patients, society and UCB.

Our ambition for patients (graphic)

We believe that to fulfil our ambition for patients we must create the right conditions for our employees, the communities in which we operate, and our shareholders. We cannot do this alone and we embrace partnerships with other healthcare system stakeholders.

Our commitments to stakeholders

We commit to helping our employees live a fulfilled life – from allowing them to grow and cultivate careers that give them a sense of meaning – to compensating and treating them fairly. We believe that we can have a positive impact by offering our employees access to comprehensive support for health and well-being.

We respect the communities in which we operate. For UCB, human health is at the core of our business and it is intrinsically linked to the health of our planet. We take action to minimize our environmental footprint across our value chain.

We are committed to creating value for our shareholders – who invest in UCB in exchange for competitive return and a positive impact on patients and society.

Integrating sustainability into our strategy

At UCB, we know that the challenges facing the world, from climate change to rising inequalities, are inextricably linked and that businesses have a key role to play to ensure a sustainable future for all. We believe that the best way to have a positive impact on society and continue to thrive is to deliver on our commitments to patients and our stakeholders. UCB has engaged with colleagues and external stakeholders to guide the integration of sustainability within our business. Key insights from this process included the need to focus on our expertise and to increase the health and well-being of those around us. This dialogue has inspired the four pillars through which we are integrating sustainability into our strategy:

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Innovation in R&D

Innovate to bring differentiated solutions with unique outcomes that help specific patients achieve their life goals and that create the best individual experience for them.

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Access to medicines

Ensure access to UCB solutions to all patients who need them in a way which is viable for patients, for society and for UCB.

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Employees’ health, safety and well-being

Offer UCB employees access to comprehensive support for health, safety and well-being.

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Environmental footprint

Minimize our environmental footprint across our entire value chain.

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We are setting long-term goals for each of these four pillars. We will continue to review our performance annually with the objective to maximize our positive societal impact and continue to perform well financially.

Learn more about our reporting standards in the GRI standards section.

Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly set the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 as a framework to achieve a sustainable future for all. Considering the magnitude of the challenges the world is facing, we all need to contribute to reach these ambitious targets. We are committed to contributing to the SDGs and we are convinced that partnerships are essential as the goals cannot be achieved by isolated actors. Through our expertise in healthcare and our partnerships/network, we believe that we can have the most impact by focusing on 2 of the 17 United Nations Goals:

  • SDG#3 which is about ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and
  • SDG#17 which leads all stakeholders to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
SDG 3 and SDG 17 (graphic)

As described in our 2019 Integrated Annual Report, we also positively impact other SDGs through our business and activities. To see our overall contribution to the 2030 United Nations Agenda for sustainable development, see our activities mapped against the GRI standards.