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Organization "Marks" Pfizer Ireland as Socially Responsible
Pfizer has become the first biopharmaceutical company in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark.
The mark, launched in March 2011 by Business in the Community Ireland, a nonprofit organization that advises the country's businesses on corporate responsibility, is audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland. It certifies excellence in responsible and sustainable business practices across company operations.
Microsoft Ireland and Intel were the first companies to earn the mark. This year, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland became the first biopharmaceutical company to be "marked." Other companies to earn the achievement in 2012 were Veolia Transdev Ireland, EirGrid, and Accenture in Ireland.
Auditors evaluate the companies on their corporate cultures of responsibility, accountability, and long-term vision. The companies answer 300 questions on policies and activities in the following areas:
- Corporate social responsibility communication and governance
The auditors noted Pfizer's areas of strength as corporate citizenship; stakeholder engagement; risk assessment; data protection and security; ethics and compliance training; and patient group engagement.
"We in Pfizer are immensely proud to be the first biopharmaceutical company in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious Business Working Responsibly Mark," said David Gallagher, Country Manager, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland. "As a member of today's rapidly changing global community, we are striving to adapt to the evolving needs of society and contribute to the overall health and wellness of our world. We are continually reviewing and improving our efforts to lessen our impact on the environment, nurture a workplace of diversity and inclusion, conduct responsible business practices, and uphold the highest ethical standards in everything we do."
The certification extends over a two-year period, after which companies need to reapply to retain the standing.