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Our purpose is to create value for patients now and into the future.


We focus on improving health in society and driving business growth by embedding sustainability into our business approach.

As sustainability becomes more important to both companies and investors and terms such as “responsible investing” or “sustainable investing” are gathering traction in the corporate and investment sectors, there is a need for accurate and reliable information regarding companies’ performance in such topics. All types of companies are being evaluated and rated on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance by several third-party providers of reports and ratings.

These ranking and ratings are valuable for stakeholders searching for information on UCB’s sustainability practices and for UCB itself. These evaluations, when transparent about their source of data and methodology, can be helpful in identifying gaps and allow us to improve our business practices.

Our approach to ESG rating

We choose to actively collaborate with ranking and rating organizations that: 

UCB is on a continuous journey to improve its sustainability reporting practices and keeps up to date with the different trends in this field. Instead of individually providing specific points of data and information to the different ESG ranking and ratings providers, we are working on making relevant, accurate and reliable data publicly available.



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    UCB rating: C


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    UCB rating: 26.3

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    UCB rating: A

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    UCB ratings:

    B- for climate change

    B for water security




    All our activities have an impact on the environment. At UCB, we take our responsibility to the planet very seriously. 

    We commit to reducing our ecological footprint  with the thinking that it does not make sense to provide our patients with solutions for their diseases, on the one hand, while on the other, destroying  the environment they live in. 

    For the past 10 years, we have made progress in this direction by improving our buildings and processes, raising awareness and encouraging greener behaviors.

     UCB set ambitious targets to be reached by 2030:

    Become carbon neutral :

    • reducing the emissions by 35% 
    • compensating those we cannot reduce

    Reduce water consumption by 20%


    Reduce waste generation by 25%


    In 2019, we further strengthened our commitment to reduce our GHG emissions by submitting our environmental targets to the Science Based Target Initiative and further extended our impact across our network of partners and our value chain.

    These activities contributed to the progress made since we implemented our green goals in 2016, with a 31% reduction in our energy consumption, 27% reduction in our water consumption, 32% in our waste production.

    As all targets set are absolute, the expected growth of UCB’s operations in the coming years will nevertheless require continued efforts to meet our 2030 targets.


    Curious to know more?

    Find out how UCB is minimizing its environmental footprint in the 2019 annual integrated report.



    Our ability to make a significant difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases
    depends on the talent and commitment of our people.

    Each team member brings expertise in a specific aspect of drug development
    such as manufacturing, commercialization, safety, quality, regulatory affairs or medical compliance. 

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    In today’s very complex environment, the power of collaboration, engagement and an open and transparent dialogue are essential to our success. That is why UCB’s ability to create value for patients now and into the future depends on the collaborative efforts of our 7 606 colleagues across the globe. Bringing differentiated solutions to all patients who need them also requires a genuine sense of accountability and leadership.

    At UCB, diversity is defined as the collective richness of people’s unique backgrounds, life and cultural experiences and the diversity of thought this brings. Inclusion is respecting individual differences and capturing the advantages they provide. An inclusive culture at UCB involves the full and successful integration of everyone.

    50 / 50 gender split

    1 069 new colleagues joined us in 2019

    944 colleagues left us in 2019

    resulting in a 12% employee turnover



    Curious to know more?

    Find out how UCB is helping our employees live a fulfilled life in the 2019 annual integrated report.