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Our ambition

UCB commits to reducing our ecological footprint under the guidance that it does not make sense to provide our patients with solutions for their diseases on the one hand, while on the other, ignoring the environment they live in.

We take our responsibility to the planet very seriously and apply a precautionary approach to the potential health and environmental risks in a scientific and transparent manner. UCB has been actively working on managing our impact for more than 10 years and is continuing to expand our reach.


As part of UCB’s commitment to strengthening our corporate environmental strategy, the Global Procurement department is incorporating sustainability as a foundational pillar into our Supplier Relationship Management models. By 2030, we plan to reduce our footprint in three key areas: water consumption (20%), waste production (25%) and carbon emissions (35% and carbon neutral).

Having already made significant internal changes towards becoming carbon neutral, the next layer towards achieving our goal is to benchmark and track the carbon reduction progress of our suppliers through the SBT approach developed by the CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI, and WWF. SBTs are ambitious climate targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that align with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Working together with external subject matter experts, UCB has designed a survey to gage either (1) the maturity level of our suppliers’ current CO2 reduction plans or (2) the level at which suppliers are willing to begin working towards our shared transition to a low carbon economy.? After benchmarking, selected suppliers will be prepared to partner with UCB on 5-year improvement roadmaps.

Through active contribution to our 35% carbon reduction journey, participating suppliers will look forward to the following expected outcomes:

  • Continued engagement with UCB Sourcing Managers
  • Reduced operational expenditures and a push towards internal innovation
  • ?Reduced exposure to taxation schemes or other regulatory requirements impacting compliance and/or cost of goods
  • Improved employee engagement
  • Satisfaction in knowing that you are doing the right thing

How can you get involved?

If you are reading this, you are already on your way to setting up a 5-year Improvement Roadmap that complies with UCB’s requirements. You should have previously received an invitation to onboard your company onto our SLP vendor management system? (if you are an existing UCB supplier but did not receive an email to complete the SBT, please complete the form at the bottom of the page to indicate your interest). Once onboarded onto SLP, you’ll be ready to get started on your journey:


Step 1

Clarify your understanding of SBT and what is involved

If you are unsure on how to start, the below links are meant to help you understand any part of the initiative that might be confusing. Additionally, you can always contact your UCB Procurement representative to help guide you through this process.

Read and understand all the components of the SBT Supplier Self-Assessment

Step 2

Submit the SBT Commitment Letter

The below commitment letter informs SBT that your company will work to set a science-based CO2 emission reduction target. If your company already has an emission reduction target, the letter confirms your interest in having your existing target independently verified against a set of criteria developed by the Science Based Targets initiative. Instructions on where to send when completed are included in the document.


    Step 3

    Access and complete the SBT – Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire

    Once onboarded onto SLP, you should receive an email requesting for you to complete the SBT Supplier Self-Assessment questionnaire. With your previously created login details you’ll be able to complete the survey in around 15 mins or less.

    Step 4

    Discuss your plan going forward with a UCB Sourcing Manager

    Once UCB has received all of the responses from each round of selected suppliers, you will receive contact from your UCB Procurement representative with information about what next steps are (based on your responses to the survey).

    Step 5

    Submit your target for validation

    Once a target has been developed, your company must complete the Target Submission Form and submit a Word version of the form via email to

    Step 6

    Publish your results:

    On confirmation that your target meets the SBTi criteria your company and its target will be showcased on the Science Based Targets website and in other communications. Additionally, you will be able to use the SBT logo on your website and communications. You will be sent a communication welcome pack and will be able to liaise directly with a member of their team.

    Step 7

    Continue to work with UCB

    Your UCB Procurement representative will be monitoring your company’s ongoing progress towards our joint CO2 reduction targets. In the meantime, continue with business as usual and always feel free to reach out to us should you have additional questions or comments.

    “By its very nature, procurement is a vital element for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It serves as a crucial connector between suppliers and buyers, people and processes, and donors and recipient governments. Whether in the private, public or tertiary sectors, procurement is one of the main channels through which sustainable development aid is delivered.”
    - Ban Ki-Moon Former Secretary-General, United Nations


    If your company already has a pre-existing relationship with UCB's Procurement Department and would like to be included in our SBT initiative, please submit your information here:

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