GRIFOLS’ ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

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:

CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL MANUAL

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEES

- 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

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Grifols’ environmental policy contains the following commitments:

  • Promote awareness and train employees to adopt good environmental practices in the work place.
  • Minimize the environmental impact of new products and processes during stages of design, manufacturing, transportation, usage and disposal.
  • Identify and comply with applicable legal requirements and other principles to which the organization adheres.
  • Establish environmental objectives and targets according to company activities, in order to continuously improve performance.
  • Implement pollution prevention techniques in order to minimize the environmental risks involved in company activities, taking into account the effects of climate change.
  • Organize a system to engage stakeholders in communication and dialogue on company environmental issues.
  • Set up programs for the protection and conservation of nature areas that belong to the company and to protect those areas over which it has a direct influence.

GRIFOLS’ CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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.

MANAGEMENT THAT OPTIMIZES RESOURCES AND MINIMIZES POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

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:

75% OF EMPLOYEES DEDICATED TO PRODUCTION WORK IN ISO 14001-CERTIFIED FACILITIES
MORE THAN 75% OF GRIFOLS’ TOTAL PRODUCTION IS MANUFACTURED IN FACILITIES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS

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.

PROVISIONS AND SAFEGUARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

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.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
  • 2019 Prize for Industrial Excellence in Europe, granted by IESE Business School’s CELSA Chair of Competitiveness in Manufacturing based on input from Europe’s most prestigious business schools. This award highlights environmental and sustainability criteria as a fundamental and intrinsic element of industrial development and corporate competitiveness.
  • In 2019, Grifols’ North Carolina installations received the “Gold Certification” of the “Zero Waste to Landfill” program granted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This award recognizes companies that divert 95-99% of waste from landfills and report less than 5% incineration with energy recovery. Grifols is the first pharmaceutical company in the U.S. to receive this award.