25 March 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie
GlaxoSmithKline has pledged to develop new sustainable procurement guidelines this year, according to its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report published yesterday.
A spokesman for the pharmaceutical giant told SM that sustainable policies already existed but were not embedded across the organisation. The move would ensure there was a uniform policy applied consistently, he said.
The report said the company would deliver training for procurement staff on the guidelines covering the sourcing of sustainable materials, products with recycled content and energy efficient equipment.
All new procurement staff already undergo environment, health and safety and human rights training.
Meanwhile, the supply chain section of the wide-ranging report detailed the company's arrangements to ensure security of supply of medically critical products.
"These plans are defined on a product-by-product basis and may include holding sufficient stocks of products or active pharmaceutical ingredients," it said.
"We work with all critical suppliers to encourage them to implement their own contingency plans. In high-risk countries we will set up joint ventures to ensure that we maintain control over the distribution chain."