We asked ourselves this question at labor team and tried to map the current ESG status. ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. The ESG criteria can be used to measure how sustainably a company operates. We determined our CO2 footprint for the first time in 2021, calculated our net social value and put ourselves to the test as an employer. In general, as a medical laboratory, we promote health in Switzerland and achieved a net social value of 180.9 million euro in 2021. This sum comes from the fact that our laboratory makes a valuable contribution to clinical decision-making – day after day.
Sustainability through ESG
Taking responsibility. Because we can.
What influence do we have on the environment and society?
At the beginning of 2022, we joined the "Climate Neutral Now" initiative to offset our CO2 footprint from the previous year. We were thus able to offset the 1,550 tonnes of CO2 emissions generated in 2021. We also received a CO2 certificate from Swissconnect AG, the most sustainable courier service in Switzerland, for using ecological means of transport (bicycle and public transport). Thanks to optimised logistics planning, we were able to save 915 tonnes of CO2 in this area.
Here, too, we started to put our company to the test in 2021 with regard to the ESG criteria. We consider it a great success that we have achieved equal pay between female and male employees (equal pay ratio = 1) and have conducted a survey among our employees for the first time regarding their satisfaction. In terms of diversity, our lab does relatively well, as we have a 69-percent share of women among the staff. In terms of management, we are still at 25 percent.
Since 2020, we have adopted a new management focus and are concentrating even more on transparency, innovation and partnership. By signing the FAMH Laboratory Code, which came into force in 2022, we have also made a commitment to fair competition. When it comes to IT, we also try to act as responsibly as possible. That is why we have established strict internal cyber security guidelines and have our IT environment externally audited.
Our sustainability goals
labor team aims to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. To this end, we have converted the laboratory lighting to economical LED lights and want to further increase the share of renewable energies from the current 4 percent. In the area of social affairs, we want to expand our culture of competence with further training opportunities. In addition, we are working on a code of conduct for business partners. We also want to introduce an internal code of conduct in order to do the best possible job for the Swiss healthcare system and the people who live in our country, with the highest standards for ourselves and our laboratory.