Environmental commitment

An absolute, ongoing priority that drives the way in which we go about our activities

An absolute, ongoing priority that drives the way in which we go about our activities

Being able to combine economic progress, social cohesion and concern about the environment forms part of our responsibility towards society and our surroundings. This is what we at Ferrer call a “global conscience”, something that goes beyond mere corporate activities.

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We see sustainability as a clear priority whose scope is threefold: environmental, social and economic, and our commitment is reflected in the different areas where we have a presence.

Furthermore, we remain aligned with the objectives set by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and work towards exerting a positive impact and contributing towards furthering the great global challenges.

A responsible environmental model

We at Ferrer have integrated environmental sustainability into our business model. In 2015, we launched the “Our planet, Our life” Sustainability Strategy with the objective of carrying out our activities by means of the sustainable management of natural resources, by minimising environmental footprint throughout the different life cycle stages, by boosting eco-innovation and by spearheading a process of change towards a model of circular economy.

 

OUR STRATEGIC LINES:
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Sustainable management of natural resourcess

  • Preservation of biodiversity

  • Eco-innovation and sustainable development

  • Awareness and environmental training

OUR 7 AREAS OF ACTIVITY:

In order to meet these objectives, we at Ferrer foster transversal initiatives and projects within seven areas of activity:

ENERGY
ENERGY
CLIMATE CHANGE
CLIMATE CHANGE
WASTE AND EMISSIONS
WASTE AND EMISSIONS
INGREDIENTS
INGREDIENTS
MOBILITY, TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
MOBILITY, TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
WATER
WATER
TRAINING AND AWARENESS
TRAINING AND AWARENESS
POWER

100% of the electrical power we contract in Spain stems from renewable sources.

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

For new buildings, we rely on integrating sustainable construction criteria, like in the Sant Feliu de Buixalleu Logistics Centre, for instance, which boasts LEED Gold certification awarded by the US Green Building Council and our pharmaceutical specialities plant offices in Sant Cugat del Vallés, which has LEED Silver certification.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Our goal is to reduce Ferrer's corporate carbon footprint by 25% (scopes 1 and 2) and by 2% (scopes 1, 2 and 3) by 2020. In recent years Ferrer has made an effort to calculate the impact generated by indirect emissions of scope 3, specifically, the impact derived from the manufacture of all packaging elements consumed by Ferrer, from the management of waste generated at the plant , business trips and commuting of all employees. Thanks to this detailed analysis, Ferrer identifies the main emission sources and establishes transversal projects in the company to mitigate these impacts..

Beyond the actions carried out in the production centers, Ferrer promotes the progressive implementation of good practices in other areas of his activity:

  • Renewing our commercial fleet to include green purchasing criteria.

  • Working with hotels that have environmental certifications and use practices that are respectful towards the environment, and prioritising the use of public transport wherever possible.

  • Compensating the GHG emissions generated when attending events and conferences by acquiring equatable carbon credits through projects for reducing or absorbing high quality emissions.

  • Developing a Sustainable and Safe Mobility Plan for the productive centres in Sant Cugat del Vallés.

  • Constantly striving to identify opportunities for applying ecodesign criteria in the packaging of products in order to reduce their environmental impact and to contribute towards the recyclability of their packaging.

WASTE AND EMISSIONS

For years, we have worked on improving waste management and disposal. In line with this, we would like to highlight the 2025 Waste Programme, one of Ferrer’s most ambitious initiatives that sets the following general objectives:

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Increasing the percentage of waste reused.

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Sending 0% of waste to landfills.

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Improving the percentage of waste segregated at the plants.

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Fully eliminating the use of products with carcinogenic properties and the waste they generate.

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Including prevention initiatives in the design of the packaging.

INGREDIENTS

Our aim is to transition towards a circular economy by means of two objectives:

Ferrer's ecodesign packaging may be identified by a type II ecolabel.

  • Boosting sustainable purchasing and contracting.

  • Developing a sustainable packaging model. As far as the company is concerned, eco-innovation is one of the keys for the transition towards a circular economy.

ECOENVASE

 

PILOT PROJECT FOR THE REDESIGN OF THE REPAVAR FAMILY.

By introducing environmental criteria in the design process of the Repavar family packaging, we have managed to reduce environmental impact throughout all life cycle stages, achieving a significant carbon footprint reduction of 46% on average.

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In addition to ecodesign, Ferrer also develops other projects aimed at more efficient consumption of materials and raw materials.

MOBILITY, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

Mobility and transport are areas of Ferrer’s Sustainability Strategy where the different initiatives and projects undertaken are palpable. 


Among them is Ferrer’s Sustainable and Safe Mobility Plan, which is based on 4 pillars:

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Encouraging walking or cycling

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Promoting the use of collective transportation

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Boosting the use of car pooling

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Favouring safe mobility

We at Ferrer have also developed the Ferrer sustainable events guide: A practical guide aimed at furnishing organisers and hosts of meetings and event with practical information and the necessary recommendations for organising and celebrating Ferrer events in a sustainable manner.

WATER

Water is a vital resource for all of Ferrer’s production plants. Because of this, whenever possible, we apply prevention, re-usage and recuperation measures to make sure water is managed responsibly.  Additionally, we perform periodic controls both of the water consumed and the residual waters generated.


In terms of developing new processes in which water constitutes an important element, the R&D Department studies how to minimise the use of water. Concurrently, each centre manages initiatives aimed at palliating significant risks detected by means of the Environmental Management System.

TRAINING AND AWARENESS

We at Ferrer encourage environmental commitment among the organisation’s collaborators.

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12 months of internal campaign ‘Our experience’

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9 experiences related to sustainability lived in first person

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1,000 interactions between Ferrer's team