Galapagos becomes signatory of the United Nations Global Compact

Strengthening our Sustainability commitment

At Galapagos, we firmly believe that acting as a responsible and sustainable business is key to our success as we continue to focus on the needs of patients who trust and depend on us. Our Sustainability strategy is built on four pillars: Patients, Our People, Planet, and Trust & Transparency, which serve as the foundation for creating meaningful change and making a positive, lasting impact.

Today, we are very proud to announce that Galapagos has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative.

Paul Stoffels (CEO Galapagos) signs the United Nations Global Compact on behalf of Galapagos

Strengthening our commitment to make the world a more sustainable place

By signing the United Nations Global Compact, Galapagos joins over 10,000 companies and organizations around the world that are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of their strategy, culture and day-to-day operations, throughout their entire value chain.

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with 10 universal principles on human rights, , labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. The 10 principles provide a blueprint for fostering a global culture where extreme poverty is eradicated, the environment is protected, and everyone can enjoy peace and prosperity. At Galapagos, we embrace these principles as we work towards creating a sustainable future for all.

  • Human Rights
    • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
    • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • Labor
    • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
    • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
    • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labor; and
    • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Environment
    • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
    • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
    • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
    • Anti-Corruption
    • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

At Galapagos, we embrace these principles as we work towards creating a sustainable future for all. In addition, we seek to participate  in collaborative projects that advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals.

“As a company with a global presence and more than 1,200 employees, we recognize our responsibility to address societal and environmental needs in our entire value chain. By joining this global initiative, we stand united with the global community, aiming to contribute towards a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world for the generations to come,” said Paul Stoffels, CEO and Chairman of Galapagos.

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