At Novartis, we are proud to be one of the only international pharmaceutical companies with a UK manufacturing heritage. We strive to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives, and are pleased to be able to contribute to UK life sciences through our presence in this country.
For over 65 years, our world-class facility in Grimsby has been manufacturing innovative medicines that help people affected by conditions such as: diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and epilepsy. Alongside a global network, our Grimsby site contributes to the worldwide supply of pharmaceutical products for the entire Novartis business.
We recognise that the life science industry is critical to the UK economy. Within the last ten years we have invested approximately £114 million into our presence here, supporting not only the production of medicines, but also the local economy.
Since 1951, our Grimsby site has maintained strong links with the local community. As well as providing a variety of local employment opportunities and work experience placements, an evening visit programme has been running for the local community since 1978.
Duke of Edinburgh royal visit to the Novartis UK Grimsby site on the 13th of July, 1949
Our Grimsby site in numbers
We employ around 400 people Our leadership team is a 50/50 split of male/female employees Almost one third (32%) of our employees have 20 years’ service or more; while 19% have worked with us for 25 years 32% of our 399 employees are graduates We have 13 apprentices working within our Engineering and Quality Control teams We also support 3 graduate placements within the Engineering and Finance teams
Environmental sustainability: ‘Vision 2030’
We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and becoming a ‘greener’ company. ‘Vision 2030’ is a set of targets which we have defined to help minimise our environmental impact and increase sustainability in the UK by 2030.
How will it work? Our goal for 2030 is underpinned by a set of immediate targets which we want to achieve by 2020 to ensure we are on track to achieve everything we set out to do.
Targets focus on four key environmental impact areas:
Environmental impact areas
1) Energy and climate
Reduce our total direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 30%, versus 2010
We cut our GHG emission by 50% compared to 2010
2) Water and micro-pollutants
Site effluents (liquid waste) are 10-fold below “no-effect” concentration
We generate no adverse effects on water quality and water depletion from our sites and products
3) Materials and waste
Reduce non-recycled operational waste relative to production quantities by 30% compared to 2010
We established closed material loops for our major materials and avoid adverse effects from waste disposal
4) Environmental sustainability management
Supply chain footprint understood and actively managed
We are a leader in performance, disclosure and engagement of environmental sustainability