Our new member company, Roche Hungary Kft.

Roche Hungary Ltd. is a member of the Swiss, partly family-owned Roche Group, whose research has been driven by the goal of improving health for more than 120 years. Its parent company, A F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, is a member of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Roche offers medicines primarily for oncology, immunology, hematology, ophthalmology diseases of the central nervous system, and certain rare diseases. Roche products are present in all hospitals in Hungary. Roche Diagnostics is a world leader in in vitro diagnostics (IVD). Roche is currently conducting nearly 65 clinical trials at more than 235 sites in Hungary, involving nearly 860 active patients in more than 40 indications.

Sustainability is an integral part of their business strategy. Their holistic approach integrates the three dimensions of sustainability: social, environmental, and economic; how they contribute to a better tomorrow for all; how they minimise their impact on nature; and how they invest in medical advances, create jobs and ensure livelihoods. By their approach to sustainability, which permeates the day-to-day activities of their employees, their purpose is to do now what patients need next.

Roche’s Product Stewardship ensures that the negative health, safety, environmental and social impacts of the company’s products, devices, and services are minimised throughout the product lifecycle while encouraging all stakeholders to do the same.

Roche has been implementing carbon reduction measures since 2004, that have led to a combined over 70% decrease in tons of carbon dioxide per employee. They are working in line with the framework provided by SBTi to achieve net zero for Scope 1, 2 and 3.

Roche also supports the principles of resource management as widely communicated in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the principle of fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

To ensure ethical operations, they measure their operations against standards set by organisations such as the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Charter for Sustainable Development, the International Organization for Standardization, and the chemical industry’s Responsible Care@ Programme. Their internal rules and the functioning of the committees that establish and oversee them are in line with the recommendations of WBCSD and other international organisations.

The company fully supports and implements the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and is equally committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the 10 UN Global Compact Principles, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Their sustainability report is produced at group level.

By joining the BCSDH, they aim to be active participants in the socio-economic dialogue and advocacy work on sustainability in order to contribute to the sustainable development of society from an environmental, social, and economic perspective.