Company Score

Industry Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 900
Impact Notes 31
SDG Covered 8 out of 17

Novartis International AG is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and specialises in research, development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Novartis’ areas of business include pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, contact lenses and animal health. It manufactures the drugs Clozaril, Voltaren, Tegretol, Diovan, Gleevec/Glivec, Neoral/Sandimmun, Femara, Ritalin, Lamisil, and many more.

Read about Novartis and its impact below.

Impact notes

Responsible Consumption and Production

In 2019, Novartis generated 0.1 Mt of hazardous waste, which is posing a threat to the environment

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 11:55am

Negligence in pharmaceutical waste management may lead to pollution due to pharmaceutical components near manufacturing sites1. Management of pharmaceutical waste is a critical issue globally7.  Pharmaceutical waste can impact the environment significantly3. This waste may be responsible for the spread of drug-resistant bacteria1. About 700,000 people die due to drug-resistant diseases annually across the globe2.

Good Health and Well-being

Novartis’ chronic myeloid leukemia drug, Tasigna, caused 3,100 deaths from 2007 to 2019

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 12:15pm

In Europe and the US, about 328,000 people die from prescription drugs every year3. According to an estimate, about 412,000 people globally will be diagnosed with all types of leukemia by 20204;p1. Of which, 10–15% of the cases are attributed to chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML)4;p1. In the US alone, about 51,500 people are affected by CML4;p1.  

Affordable and Clean Energy

In 2018, Novartis consumed over 4.46 billion KWh of energy; only 17.5% were from renewable sources

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 1:57pm

In 2018, the global energy consumption accounted for 179 trillion KWh2;p19 and the CO2 emissions from non-renewable sources were 33.1 gigatonnes CO2e1. Non-renewable energy sources release methane, CO2, and other harmful gases into the environment3. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and is 84 times more potent than CO24.

Clean Water and Sanitation

In 2018, Novartis’ water withdrawal accounted for 73.1 bn liters; only 23% of water was recycled

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Mon Jan 4th, 2021 at 3:40pm

Currently, over 1Bn people live in water-scarce areas1. India and China are extremely-high and medium-high water stress areas respectively2.

Climate Action

In 2018, Novartis’ emitted over 6M tCO2e; equal to 11.67% of the global pharma industry emissions

Profile Abdul Waseem
Icon time Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 3:37pm

The cumulative GHG emissions in 2019 accounted for over 52 billion tonnes CO2e1. The rise in Earth’s surface temperature is responsible for hotter waves, heavier rainfall, powerful hurricanes, and more frequent droughts3.  The pharmaceutical industry on average emits about 52 million tCO2e each year2.