Grifols does its utmost to minimize the potential impact of its operations on the environment, striving to efficiently manage resources as part of its commitment to sustainable development. In this regard, it has various policies and guidelines that define its environmental management, which are approved by senior management and shared throughout the organization:
Reference manual applicable to most manufacturing facilities and other ISO-14001certified centers on Grifols’ environmental performance. It is the framework for the environmental performance of the entire organization.
- Involvement of senior management from each ISO-14001-certified company (or in the process of obtaining certification)
- Control and follow-up of environmental system
- Proposal, follow-up and supervision of environmental goals
- Review of follow-up indicators, application of corrective measures and compliance with current legislation
- Identification of opportunities for improvement
Grifols’ environmental policy contains the following commitments:
Grifols’ environmental management is based on the concept of a circular economy, highlighting an efficient use of material resources, water and energy and waste reduction in consideration of the life cycles of the company’s various products and services. This strategy incorporates the transition toward a low-carbon economy aimed at minimizing the impact of climate change.
Grifols’ environmental management includes key aspects aimed at optimizing the efficiency in the use of resources and minimizing environmental risks arising from its activities, including:
Grifols’ environmental management system is certified by the ISO 14001 standard, which ensures identification and compliance with applicable environmental legislation, knowledge of the environmental impact of its products and processes, the implementation of necessary preventative and corrective measures, and the establishment of objectives to improve its environmental performance.
The company continues its efforts to obtain ISO 14001 certification in all of its manufacturing facilities. Grifols’ plants in Spain have been ISO-14001-certified since 2004 and 2005. In the U.S., the North Carolina installations are also ISO-14001-certified: the Clayton Bioscience Division plant was certified in 2016 and the Raleigh offices in 2019. Furthermore, the Emeryville (California) Diagnostic Division’s complex has been ISO-certified since 2018 and the company is working to certify the Los Angeles Bioscience Division plant. The company has prioritized the certification of the largest manufacturing facilities and progressively those of smaller size and less environmental impact.
At the close of 2019, 75% of Grifols’ total production was manufactured in ISO-14001-certified facilities, with about 74.7% of production employees working in these facilities.
The company continues to advance in its integration of the highest standards of sustainability. In 2018, the Clayton plant received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Award (LEED) for its sustainable design. In 2019, the new Clayton fractionation plant obtained the Green Globe Certification on behalf of the Green Building Initiative® (GBI), an entity that assesses and certifies the design and operations of sustainable buildings.
Grifols has civil responsibility insurance to cover accidental contamination of the environment, understood as the disturbance of the natural state of air, groundwater, flora or fauna (or any other situation legally deemed as environmentally harmful), caused by emissions from Grifols installations due to accidental, sudden and unforeseen consequences. Grifols’ responsibility extends to all of its companies, manufacturing facilities and sales offices in all of the countries where it operates.
In 2019, Grifols was fined EUR 2,250 for exceptionally exceeding one of the parameters related to the organic load of wastewater as a result of an isolated incident. The company applied the necessary corrective measures and launched an improvement project to prevent similar situations in the future.