Corporate social responsibility
Acting as a responsible part of society is a cornerstone of the way we conduct business. Our behavior should benefit the patients we strive to help, our employees, shareholders and the wider community.
At Zealand, we are passionate about improving care for patients and are committed to delivering value for our shareholders. In our operations, we are socially and environmentally responsible and comply with relevant laws,
standards and guidelines. At the same time, we focus on the well-being of our employees, as they are the foundation of our success.
Our CSR efforts are based on the most common elements of some of the most widely implemented CSR initiatives in the world, notably the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact. Within these two
systems, Zealand has found complementary frameworks for both guiding and reporting its CSR activities, along with several principles in the areas of labor, the environment, human rights and anticorruption. In addition to these, we have added a provisional category for animal rights, given the unique requirements of our industry.
Emphasis on selected areas
At Zealand, our particular emphasis in terms of our CSR work is on the areas that are most relevant to our business and operations:
• Employee well-being, including health, safety and labor practices
• Diversity across the organization and the Board/Management
• Ethics and quality in all research and development activities
• Animal welfare
• Environmental sustainability
Our corporate social responsibility agenda is an area of continued focus, with new initiatives being added as our business develops.
Engaging with our community – locally and nationally
We play an active role in the local community. We have established a collaboration with local job centers to offer “on-the-job training” opportunities at Zealand for refugees in order to strengthen their integration into Danish society.
To benefit our employees and the environment, we are part of a coalition with other companies, governmental institutions and municipalities to ensure better access to public transportation.
At national level, we work closely with academic institutions, in various ways, to improve job opportunities for graduates, for example by offering short-term assignments, internships and mentoring of master's and Ph.D. students.
Supporting patient organizations
We work to create a better life for patients and are proud to be working with the following patient organizations within our disease focus areas:
• Short Bowel Syndrome Foundation, U.S.
• Association for Crohn's and Colitis, Denmark
• Association for Users of Home Parenteral Nutrition, Denmark
• Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Denmark
• DiaTribe, U.S.
• T1 Exchange, U.S.