Boehringer Ingelheim progresses toward sustainability goals through key initiatives across ASEAN

Boehringer Ingelheim progresses toward sustainability goals through key initiatives across ASEAN including Thailand, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand

 

  • Strengthening network of stroke-ready hospitals and stroke centers to serve more than 300,000 patients, including communities across Thailand
  • Partnering with the Home For Handicapped Animal Foundation in Thailand to donate 4,000 boxes of animal health products and ensure that almost 1,500 stray dogs and cats are in good health and better living conditions
  • Empowering employees and social entrepreneurs to pilot and scale accessible health solutions through its signature ‘Making More Health’ flagship initiative
  • Committing to carbon neutrality in company operations by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2)[1], reducing operational waste, and eliminating single-use plastic

 

Boehringer Ingelheim is strengthening its commitment to positively impact people, animals, communities, and the planet through key sustainability initiatives across ASEAN, including Thailand, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand (ASKAN).

Under the ‘Sustainable Development – For Generations’ framework, Boehringer Ingelheim has pledged EUR 250 million (more than THB 9,295 million) globally to combat infectious diseases in humans and animals, expanding healthcare access for non-communicable diseases for 50 million people in vulnerable communities, including in the ASKAN area, and investing EUR 35 billion (THB 1,300 billion) in health innovations to tackle non-communicable diseases.

Rodrigo Lau, General Manager and Head of Human Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim Thailand, emphasised that BI is committed to following its Sustainability Development pillars and supporting Thai communities and added, “Our journey is about driving innovation, creating value in areas of unmet medical needs, and engaging with the Thai society to transform lives for generations. With widening disparities persisting in the region, especially amongst vulnerable groups, we are committed to leveraging our core competencies and collaborating with like-minded partners to improve access to health, protect the environment and make a difference in our communities in Thailand.”

Improving access to human and animal healthcare

In the area of healthcare access, Boehringer Ingelheim is in partnership with the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and many other national stroke societies, companies, and health institutions to build an innovative network of stroke-ready hospitals and stroke centers. It has enrolled over 1,000 hospitals to serve more than 300,000 patients to date with substantially improved care in the region.

In Thailand, the company has worked with the Home For Handicapped Animal Foundation in Nakhon Pathom to care for 1,500 strayed dogs and cats through the doncation of 4,000 boxes of animal health products to reduce the risk of blood parasites and heartworm disease.

Making a difference in communities

Boehringer Ingelheim, which aims to co-create healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities to help employees and partners reach their full potential, has been partnering with Ashoka, an international network focused on social entrepreneurship, to jointly develop healthy inclusive communities through its flagship initiative ‘Making More Health (MMH)’ and foster a “changemaker culture” amongst employees.

There are currently 10 MMH fellows in the ASKAN region committed to piloting and scaling accessible health solutions on the ground, within vulnerable communities. Through empowering employees, partners, and innovative social entrepreneurs, the organisation addresses complex health challenges in local communities and creates an ecosystem of sustainable impact.

Boehringer Ingelheim Thailand has also been supporting children in the Children’s Village School Moo Baan Dek in Kanchanaburi province through volunteer work and cash and in-kind donations of approximately THB 200,000. The employees hope to help develop the children’s physical and mental health by participating in the school’s recreational activites and performances.   

Caring for our environment

Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to becoming even more environmentally sustainable, continuing the significant reduction in operational waste, and eliminating single-use plastic.

Green IT @ ASKAN was launched earlier in June 2022, to integrate more responsible e-waste management solutions. Company-owned working hardware that has reached end of life and/or zero book value will be donated to benefiting charities, and non-working devices will be responsibly managed by selected e-waste certified vendors. The initiative has already benefited more than 10 charities across the region.

To increase awareness of biodiversity conservation in the Thai community, Boehringer Ingelheim Thailand participated a series of environmental conservation activities while partnering the Bangpu Nature Education Center in Samut Prakan province this year. The employees planted 120 trees in the mangrove forest and cleaned up plastic waste found within the area.

Continuing to make an impact across the region

Commenting on Boehringer Ingelheim’s ongoing sustainability initiatives underway  in Thailand, Mr Rodigro Lau said, “We are committed to tackling regional health and environmental challenges across Thailand through holistic initiatives tailored to local community needs. With the support of global and regional partners, we can work together to elevate health outcomes and live in harmony with the planet, animals, and each other.”

[1] Scope 1 – All direct emissions from activities of the company and under the control of Boehringer Ingelheim. Scope 2 – Indirect emissions created through purchased energy and used by Boehringer Ingelheim for company operations.

Caption: Mr. Apisak Khunwet, Head of Animal Health, Dr. Lakana Kanjanakul. Head of Medicine, Human Pharma and Ms. Pattama Wisetsutthichai, Head of Human Resources, representatives from Boehringer Ingelheim Thailand handover all cash and in-kind donations to teachers from Children’s Village School Moo Baan Dek.

Caption: Boehringer Ingelheim Thailand employees helping to make Bangpu and our world, a better place by planting trees and removing marine waste at the Bangpu Nature Education Center in 2022