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Sustainability in Roche Italia travel management

At Roche, the travel e mobility management born from a sustainable mentality combined with a “New way of working” common to the entire pharmaceutical group. Currently, the company is writing guidelines for one globally travel policy green which will be declined in the individual affiliates.

The way people are organized is changing in an important way business trips.

We interview Sabrina Mazzoloprocurement manager of the Roche Diagnostics division with expertise in the Travel area both for the diagnostic department and Diabetes Care.

Roche deals with healthcare to a very large extent through its 3 divisions Roche Pharma, Roche Diabetes Care e Roche Diagnostics.

The traveling corporate population it deals with is made up of 650 people.

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Roche’s approach to sustainability in travel policy

«Il New way of working affects all processes. And sustainability comes from a mind set new, which puts the customer’s need and the well-being of employees at the center of the activities », begins the manager. The new way of working involves the use of smart working alternating with being in the office.

This allows for greater working flexibility without losing focus on business objectives.

The new business model has led to the creation of a set of guidelines. Both in the organization of business trips and in the organization of meetings, with a strong focus on environmental impact and economic aspects.

Mazzolo: «We have released one campaign of comunication call “Where we meet“With the recommendation to carry out the meetings in virtual mode when possible and to travel when it is really necessary”. In this way the corporate traveler is invited to reflect on the usefulness of the trip, on the value created for our customer with respect to the chosen method and on the environmental impact.

The company has then made available tools to help its decisions in the travel organization phase, for example the tool Marc2Polo to measure the resulting CO2 production from air travel.

In Roche, as in the rest of the companies, the economic weight of business travel has always been quite important and during the pandemic the Italian branch mostly held virtual meetings, during which the positive impacts on people’s health and on ‘environment.

Mazzolo explains: «We have therefore created a European working group with different professional figures, including procurementquality managers and travel managers, to develop a new decision-making model in the Travel organization phase ».

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Measure the CO2 emissions of a business trip

The dashboard aziendale where the company CO2 data are entered, including the consumption of the building and the cars that are used, it is called Gaia.

“Through this tool we check the approach to the goal of reducing CO2 production by 50% by 2030, as we have joined the Paris Agreements».

In addition, Roche is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexplacing second in 2021. Since 1999, the Djsi tracks the performance of the shares of the main world companies that stand out in every sector for excellent results in the field of sustainability. In function of economic, ethical, of governancesocial and environmental.

Finally, we ask the manager: do you think it will come to the choice of suppliers based on approaches to sustainability in line with those of your company?

Mazzolo: «We are already there: we have one risk matrix for the choice of suppliers, in order to enhance them as sustainable. We assign two types of “badges”: the “Green” one or a broader, “Sustainable” one, which includes not only environmental sustainability but also social and economic sustainability.

All indicators that are in demand today in many public tenders.

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