Our sustainability commitment
Pick a pharmacy in Mali, a health centre in Zambia, or a hospital in Mozambique, and there is a good chance you will find pharmaceuticals, consumables, or hospital equipment from Missionpharma.
Our strong presence in Africa allows us to make an impact on many people’s lives, whether they are patients, partners, customers, or employees. Making a difference for these people is the core goal of our company. It’s why we do what we do.
Contributing to better healthcare in Africa is no simple task. It takes in-depth understanding of the needs of customers, the business environment, and the entire healthcare systems. We want to deliver social, environmental, and economic value to the people and societies we engage with. We call this approach our sustainability commitment. And it’s not something we apply on top of our business model. It’s the prime mover for our entire operation.
UN Global Compact and UN Sustainable Development Goals
As member of the UN Global Compact, Missionpharma has incorporated sustainability commitments on corporate level in accordance with the principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Working in line with the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles is a given for Missionpharma, and we operate in ways that meet the fundamental responsibilities within the four areas: human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Read more about our attention to compliance here.
Download our Sustainability brochure here.
#1: We create local value
Our ambition is to be present locally in the countries where we operate. Local involvement and a commitment to enriching the community and supporting sustainability create true value. This is how we want to ensure a long-term positive impact in the healthcare sector in our markets.
By cooperating with local stakeholders and building capacity, we empower and support the countries in which we are represented. We are constantly expanding our local presence, and intend to become even more engaged in African communities in the years to come.
CAPACITY BUILDING AS KEY TO GROWTH
We share technological processes and knowhow with our affiliates in Africa. We create jobs, educate staff, foster local expertise and create business for local companies. We believe that local capacity building helps create growth and prosperity in the region. That’s why we seek to gather our activities and ensure our presence in the areas where our services are actually being used.
We invest in state-of-the-art logistics facilities to increase local kit packing and distribution management. In close collaboration with local stakeholders, we strive to deliver medical kits for Africa, packed in Africa. We seek to procure quality healthcare products from the local pharmaceutical industry and to share expertise in a manner that is mutually beneficial.
The majority of our new employees are hired through our African affiliates, and we expect this trend to continue going forward.
We want to significantly improve health conditions for people in Africa through our presence.
#2: We empower people
We strive to inspire people to share our commitment in Africa. Creating a great place to work is a key factor in achieving this. Our priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and to foster an inclusive culture where people can grow and develop.
We encourage ongoing skill development for everyone who works for us and run extensive training programmes in our locations around the globe. We believe safe and fair working conditions are a human right.
GREAT PLACE TO WORK
We focus on attracting, retaining, and developing capable employees. We do our best to ensure that our global organisation is appropriately organised and consistently complies with local health, safety, and labour laws. By offering employees professional and personal training programmes, we make sure they acquire the right set of skills. We believe in people’s ability to act responsibly when provided with the right guidance.
DIVERSITY IS AN ASSET
We promote social diversity and fight discrimination. We strive to provide a fulfilling and inclusive environment for every employee. We see the benefits of having many different nationalities represented in our offices, and we always seek a fair balance between men and women among our staff.
We have repeatedly won the award for being one of the best workplaces in Denmark by the Great Place to Work® Institute.
We want to make an inclusive working culture a benchmark for all our affiliates across Asia and Africa.
#3: We reduce our environmental footprint
We want to reduce our environmental footprint every year. We strive to integrate environmental responsibility into all our activities and to reduce emissions throughout the entire supply chain.
We optimise shipments and logistical routing with the clear purpose of reducing our carbon footprint. Shipping healthcare products directly from facilities in China and India to Africa – and avoiding passage through Europe – helps reduce emissions and reinforce our commitment to environmental responsibility.
We work hard to reduce our environmental impact. We pay special attention to the consumption of electricity and fuel in all of our locations worldwide, we minimize waste, and we optimise benefits from intercompany synergies. We share and encourage best practices among our affiliates and towards our partners. To limit the negative environmental impacts of pharmaceutical manufacturing and ensure constant improvements, we keep manufacturers’ social and environmental responsibility top of mind at all times.
Transportation of goods constitute by far the biggest environmental impact within our part of the supply chain. That’s why we always plan for the most environmentally-effective mode of transportation, given the circumstances. As a project-oriented company, we are often subject to a range of external factors on which we have limited influence. We always seek to influence our customers’ and suppliers’ transportation preferences towards the method with the lowest possible environmental impact.
Our logistics platforms, packing systems, and distributions are constantly being refined to minimize energy consumption and waste.
To ensure constant improvements in sustainability throughout the supply chain, we will intensify our environmental requirements for our manufacturers, suppliers and partners.
#4: We stand for integrity
We aim for the highest ethical standards in our business practices. We stand for integrity, respect, and transparency in all aspects of our activities. All business relations must pass through our comprehensive vetting procedures to ensure compliance with Missionpharma standards of integrity.
Our Code of Conduct defines an elaborate set of guidelines that everyone in our organisation must learn and commit to. We run extensive inspections of all suppliers to influence production methods, and to align with our own as well as international standards.
RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS CONDUCT
We believe that corruption and other unethical practices are incompatible with our vision and undermine the support and confidence of our business environment. That’s why we implement policies to counteract corruption in all possible forms. Our Code of Conduct guides employees and partners to make responsible business decisions and act ethically and according to the highest standards of integrity.
We believe that conducting business with honesty and transparency boosts competitiveness. Our TRACE membership helps us conduct business ethically and in compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and other similar anti-bribery regulations, all while remaining competitive. We have clear policies stating that gifts and hospitality can never be accepted or given to obtain an undue advantage.
We are TRACE certified and have completed a comprehensive due diligence process through the globally recognized anti-bribery business organisation, TRACE International.
We want to advance our commitment to integrity by continuing the rollout of training programmes to relevant employees, suppliers, and partners.