Protecting the planet

Caring about people also means paying attention to the environment where they live. As a company, we are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint as well as fighting climate change.

Aligned with the United Nations plan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals defined in its 2030 Agenda, we have set six very ambitious commitments to help preserve our natural surroundings.

We recently made our own targets more aggressive to accelerate our transition to a low-carbon economy. Grifols is striving to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Climate action

We're increasing the use of electricity from renewable sources, having built two photovoltaic plants to powering our own facilities, in addition to signing a 10-year agreement to purchase solar energy in Spain. We are also working on additional green-energy agreements in other countries, including the U.S.

We're optimizing our industrial processes, such as using more efficient equipment to refrigerate our production facilities, applying artificial intelligence to automate and control air conditioning systems, and replacing refrigerant gases with natural ones that are more environmentally friendly. 

Our newest buildings are constructed and certified under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Globes standards.

Since 2020, Grifols has improved its rating to A- in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which assesses corporate strategies and performance related to climate change.

Circular economy

Through the application of eco-design and circular economy measures, we prioritize the efficient use of material resources and water and energy, as well as minimize waste and facilitate recovery, taking into account the different life-cycle stages of our products and services. Some of the most significant examples of our circular economy include eco-efficiency measures in all new projects, recycling and reusing more than 10,000 tons of ethanol yearly in our production processes and reducing water consumption throughout production.

Grifols was the first pharma company in the U.S. to receive Zero Waste to Landfill UL validation.

Biodiversity

In Clayton, N.C., Grifols owns more than 300 acres (121 hectares) of protected forest adjacent to its production facilities. This area provides a suitable habitat for numerous aquatic and terrestrial species and is certified by the Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning programs, an initiative promoted by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC).

In Spain, through an agreement with the Rivus Foundation, we participate in a program to restore river paths, improve biodiversity and study mammals and fish in the Besòs riverbed.

Environmental management

Grifols established a corporate environmental management system based on the international standard ISO 14001 to monitor compliance with environmental regulations. This includes setting pollution-prevention measures and objectives for continuous improvement. Our 11 environmental committees worldwide ensure the correct implementation of the system and the enhancement of environmental performance. Currently, more than 75% of our production is manufactured in ISO 14001-certified plants, acknowledging the highest environmental management standards.

Our corporate Environmental Policy and Energy Policy stress the importance of sustainable resource use and waste management through eco-efficiency and circular economy measures, as well as the reduction of atmospheric emissions. Grifols' environmental goals for 2020-2022 are defined in its Corporate Environmental Program.

Following the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Grifols also reports the most relevant climate risks and opportunities related to its business (see report).

The company's broader sustainability efforts are highlighted in the Integrated and Sustainability Annual Report.

For more information, please contact us at medioambiente@grifols.com.

As part of our longstanding and ongoing commitment to people and the planet we all inhabit, we are working to ensure Grifols consumes and produces sustainably while also taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.