Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
With over 7,000 employees across the globe, United Drug recognises the importance of acting responsibly as a group of companies. United Drug has strived to integrate corporate social responsibility into our businesses in all of its markets. All of the companies within our Group are encouraged to embrace responsibility for their actions and we encourage and assist them to have a positive impact through their activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities and other stakeholders. We are committed to embedding the highest professional and ethical standards throughout our organisation, ensuring that the Group’s reputation and the trust of its stakeholders are the foundation of its success and are of fundamental importance for the future success of the organisation.
United Drug is committed to ensuring that we limit the impact that our businesses have on the environment. We ensure that the relevant statutory requirements are in place, that the highest standards are adhered to and good environmental practice is applied in managing our businesses.
Examples of our ambitions across the Group to ensure that we are avoiding damaging the environment where it is avoidable include our Healthcare Supply Chain’s participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reducing our annual carbon emissions by 639.3 tonnes (18%) since 2008 in that division.
As well as this, the new building extension at the Sales, Marketing and Medical Service’s headquarters has been built to reduce the impact that it has on the environment, including rain water harvesting, solar hot water heating and creating green roof spaces. The Ashfield House extension was also selected as one of the finalists in the Sustainable Urban design category of the Green Footprints Challenge Awards 2012. The award encourages businesses across Leicestershire to act in a green and sustainable manner.
United Drug is dedicated to ensuring that the workplaces across the Group are safe and enjoyable.
United Drug strives to ensure that everyone who works for us or who uses our services benefits from our commitment to health, safety, quality and employee support. We have on-going programmes to continually improve our performance in these areas and a dedicated team to support and monitor our progress.
Across the Group, we are dedicated to supporting the well-being of our employees. We have begun upon a journey to provide Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) to any employee that would like to benefit from the service, ensuring the well-being of employees and their families.
Human capital development
United Drug has a proven track record of developing people’s careers in a proactive fashion. Our people’s ability to drive and develop existing and new business opportunities continues to be a central pillar of our growth strategy. Our success is based on our ability to attract, develop and retain talent at every level in the organisation. We believe our preparedness to present our people with significant responsibility at an early stage in their careers is something that provides an exciting environment for ambitious professionals and is a central aspect of our ability to continue to attract talented individuals.
Our approach is focussed on developing and enhancing the leadership and management capability of the entire organisation. We know that how we reach our goals is critically important. Our corporate values of Ingenuity, Focus, Energy, Expertise and Partnership emanate from our senior leadership cohort and all of our people initiatives are designed to develop and enhance these values.