Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to reducing our environmental footprint throughout our discovery, development, manufacturing and distribution processes. This focus results in more efficient, cost-effective operations, while conserving natural resources vital to our operations and the communities in which we operate.
Our Sustainability 2015 goals support our company’s business objectives and should result in environmental, social and financial benefits to the company, our stakeholders and the world around us.
Senior management has responsibility for implementing strategies to address sustainability, including environmental management.
The most senior position with operational responsibility for environmental aspects is the vice president, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, who reports to the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. The senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary reports to the CEO.
Business unit presidents are held accountable for implementation of the EHS Policy within their units. The company has a senior level, cross-functional Corporate EHS Steering Committee which is responsible for establishing and driving EHS strategies and programs. A senior level cross-functional Sustainability Council was established in 2009 to drive alignment and integration of current and emerging strategic sustainability priorities.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has established an Office of Corporate Compliance headed by the chief compliance and ethics officer. The chief compliance officer reports directly to the CEO, and provides reports to the CEO, the chairman of the board, the executive vice president and general counsel, the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee.
Training and Awareness
Employee awareness and training are at the core of Bristol-Myers Squibb's goal to become a leader in EHS management. We provide guidelines for training both new and experienced employees. In addition, facility environmental coordinators and other full-time EHS professionals must complete, at company expense, at least 40 hours of annual EHS training related to their job assignments. Other company education initiatives include corporate and divisional intranet web sites; employee publications; functional and cross-functional group meetings; management awareness training; and topic-specific training and manuals.
Among the training provided, Bristol-Myers Squibb regularly holds learning and development webinars on a variety of technical EHS topics. The sessions are targeted to EHS and related staff (e.g., engineering and maintenance) globally, with an average of approximately 40 people attending each session. By using webinar technology, staff can actively participate in the training sessions, ask questions and discuss topics. The webinars eliminate the need to travel while providing staff worldwide with access to EHS training on a regular basis. Based on feedback from participants through a formal assessment process, 100 percent of responders felt that the sessions met or exceeded their expectations and were applicable or useful to their jobs.
Monitoring and Follow-up
We monitor, verify and continuously improve a compliant, safe and healthy workplace through our comprehensive, rigorous EHS Audit process. EHS Audits are designed to verify consistency of business operations for compliance with internal and external technical EHS and Transportation requirements, and to assess and maintain effective management systems in place at our operations to support on-going compliance. Corporate, business unit and facility management use the audit results to maintain and continuously improve EHS performance companywide.
One method of maintaining a system for quality assurance of our EHS Audit process is to periodically secure the services of an independent third party EHS audit firm to conduct an audit of the BMS Audit Program. The objective of this review is to determine if internal BMS EHS audit systems are functioning effectively to maintain and continually improve EHS performance, and verify that the EHS Audit Program is operating in conformance with established procedures and selected external consensus standards. A copy of the most recent audit attestation letter can be found here.
All manufacturing, research and development facilities, as well as distribution and office locations, are evaluated based on a criticality index of risk and maturity of facility management systems. The frequency of audits range from 18 to 24 months for manufacturing facilities, 24 to 36 months for Research and Development and finishing and packaging facilities, and 36 to 48 months for offices, warehouses and distribution facilities. Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) plans are developed and implemented to close open EHS Audit Findings. The CAPAs are tracked by an internal automated system and the Lead Evaluator of the audit until closure.
Verification of closed audit CAPAs are also routinely conducted during the year at facilities that pose the highest risk. In addition, all CAPAs at all facility locations are verified during the next audit cycle.
In accordance with Corporate Policies, BMS supports responsible practices by our suppliers and contractors. The EHS Third Party Manufacturer Assessment Program is intended to further the Corporate EHS Policy and seeks to minimize the potential for EHS risks. Guidelines addressing contract manufacturers and suppliers require Business Units to conduct EHS assessments of the facilities and operating practices of contract manufacturers and selected suppliers. Assessments cover business interruption, loss prevention chemical storage and handling practices; waste storage, handling, and disposal practices and disposal facilities; permits; emergency preparedness and response; employee exposure; regulatory compliance history; and financial position.