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Health, Safety and Environmental Protection

Management processes

The corporate action and are the basis for Company management’s commitment to health, safety and environmental protection, which are anchored in the internal HSE Policy.

Good corporate governance means not only aligning its decisions and actions with the legal framework, but also taking measures that go well beyond the legal requirements that promote sustainable and responsible action.

For this reason, STADA has established corresponding responsibilities and processes both at Group and location-related levels. To this end, globally valid HSE guidelines are defined at Group level, their implementation is accompanied at the location level and verified by internal or external audits. In the reporting year, external HSE legal conformity audits were carried out at all larger STADA production sites with more than 100 employees.

At individual production locations, local HSE guidelines and procedures were, in turn, defined that ensure compliance with legal requirements and guarantee continuous improvement in accordance with the principles of Plan-Do-Check-Act. In order to have these processes monitored externally on a regular basis, HSE Management Systems with certification in accordance with the relevant ISO standards have been introduced at approximately 80% of the larger production sites.

The effectiveness and success of the local management systems are also regularly acknowledged through external awards. In financial year 2019, the British location in Huddersfield was presented with the “RoSPA Silver Achievement Award”. The Russian location in Obninsk received the nomination from the Kaluga Region Government as “Environmental responsibility for production organization”.

Locations with certified ISO management systems (as of the end of 2019):

Health and occupational safety

Safety and health protection at work are of tremendous importance for STADA. For this reason, the respective local legal provisions represent the minimum standard for the Group. Their implementation and ongoing improvement is ensured by the local HSE management systems.

In financial year 2019, the Hemofarm sites in Podgorica and Banja Luka launched occupational safety management systems in accordance with ISO 45001 within the framework of a matrix certification. At the Huddersfield location, the existing occupational safety management system was also certified in accordance with ISO 45001 for the first time.

In addition, in the reporting year, programs were established at all locations to further improve responsibility and awareness of occupational safety at all hierarchical levels and to enhance the occupational safety culture. These include the introduction of “Near Miss” programs and the establishment of integrated HSE/Gemba Walks.

Important non-financial performance indicators

In the reporting year, as a result of the broad range of measures, it was possible to significantly reduce the number of accidents (accidents > 1 lost work day) as compared to 2018:

STADA employees are offered a broad range of programs for general health protection. Coordination of the measures is carried out locally by the respective locations. These include, for example, health days, flu vaccinations, anti-smoking informational events.

Environmental protection

For STADA, responsible entrepreneurship means – in addition to compliance with local environmental regulations – continuously reducing environmental impact and increasing resource efficiency.

Even though the direct environmental impact of the locations are relatively low compared to other industries, management systems certified in accordance with ISO 14001 have been introduced at approximately 80% of the larger locations. As part of the local environmental programs, measures relating to in particular to energy, water/wastewater and waste were planned and implemented accordingly. Where necessary, there is support in the form of legally required energy audits. In 2019, for example, external energy audits were conducted at the Bad Vilbel and Huddersfield locations.

In the course of planning new production facilities, environmental and occupational safety requirements are defined in the manufacturer’s specifications during the concept phase and evaluated throughout the tendering process.


1) GOST occupational safety and health protection GOST 12.0.230-2007.
2) All production locations; accident rate calculated for every 200,000 working hours for accidents > 1 lost day (not including commuting accidents).
3) Work-related accidents with lost time > 24 h per 200,000 working hours.