Shire Increases Recycling and Landfill Diversion Rate to 45% in 2015

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Shire Increases Recycling and Landfill Diversion Rate to 45% in 2015

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:00am

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We believe small efforts can add up to a big impact and our sites have the data to prove it. Thanks to local initiatives and the combined efforts of our employees we were able to increase recycling and our landfill diversion rate by over 25 percent from 2014 to 2015.

This year, we launched an innovative, singlestream recycling program at our Lexington, MA facilities. To raise awareness for the program, we hosted kick-off events such as a Go Green pledge, composting and electronics recycling initiatives, an autumn office cleaning campaign, and a 30-Day Recycling Challenge. We also held electronic waste recycling events at other offices around the world. 

In 2015, we were proud to be ranked second in Newsweek’s 2015 Green Rankings of the world’s largest companies based on corporate sustainability and environmental impact. The assessment recognizes companies both for their approach and performance.

We also maintained our strong performance on climate performance and disclosure through CDP. We scored 91 percent for disclosure and were graded “B” for Performance. In both measures we are ranked well above the pharmaceutical industry average of 88 percent for disclosure and grade “C” for performance, and above the FTSE4Good pharmaceutical industry average of 86 percent, grade “C”. This demonstrates our commitment and ongoing motivation to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on natural resources.

To read more, visit Shire's Annual Responsibility Report. 

Keywords: Environment | Corporate Social Responsibility | Employee Engagement | Go Green | Newsweek 2015 Green Rankings | Research, Reports & Publications | Shire Pharmaceuticals | sustainability

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