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Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability

Safety, health and environment at the workplace is not only about eliminating the incidence of work-related injuries, diseases, fatalities, disaster, and loss of national assets. It is also about achieving a high level of occupational safety, health, and environment performance through proactive approaches — to enhance the well-being of employees and society, at large.

Syngene’s approach to Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHSS)

Syngene being a responsible corporate citizen, is committed to protecting people and environment, and preventing losses resulting from incidents/accidents. In this direction, Syngene’s management has adopted a goal-zero strategy for environment, health, safety, and sustainability (EHSS). This is to ensure zero harm to people, protect environment, prevent environment pollution, comply with EHSS statutory requirement and more.

Syngene’s EHSS department helps the company conduct operations in line with Syngene’s values and beliefs on all these fronts. It drives sustainability through operations that minimize the impact on climate, waste and water. The EHSS function also looks into enterprise risk management encompassing operational, strategic and emerging risks. Subject matter experts, who are members of the EHSS function, advise Syngene on the adoption of industry best practices, to ensure Syngene
is positioned as a company that is committed to environment, safety, health and sustainability.

The EHSS team advises Syngene on adoption of best practices in water conservation, waste water treatment, energy saving and creating a safe workplace. It looks into measures to mitigate/avoid safety incidents and occupational hazards, keeping operational risks as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) as well as ensuring distribution safety of all products reaching its customers.

Our management system approach, consisting of gap analysis, planning, review and implementation has percolated to all business plans through ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001: 2018 standards at all levels. Our EHSS systems and processes have been audited and duly certified by M/S TUV Nord.

Salient features of Syngene’s EHSS policy

  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations in all countries in which we operate.
  • Conducting employee training programs that are focused on operational safety, occupational health and environmental protection by prevention of pollution at all levels of operations.
  • Energy conservation, recovery, recycling, reuse and reduction of waste, minimizing hazards and risks, preventing injury and ill health in all process operations.
  • Continually evaluating and improving environment, health, safety & sustainability performance through documentation, periodic audits and providing the framework for setting and reviewing environment health and safety objectives and targets.
  • Adopting best practices in environment, health, safety & sustainability management through effective communication and continual improvement in processes that pursue the latest developments in this area.


Through its annual environment plan and business targets, Syngene identifies projects and works towards achieving maximum possible recycling and reuse of natural resources. A management framework with defined structures, roles and responsibilities, group guidelines, audits and training has been instituted for this purpose.

Some of Syngene’s environmental initiatives are:

  • Environment management and qualitative risk analysis for all new and major expansion projects
  • Measures to mitigate environmental impacts and occupational health & safety risks arising out of project implementation
  • Maintenance of all hardware such as, effluent treatment plants, air emission abatement units and waste disposal facilities
  • Zero discharge facility with world-class environment management practices
  • Centralized utility and treatment facilities like water treatment plant, effluent treatment and recycling plant, boiler, cooling tower, DG sets, etc.

Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG)

When we talk about sustainability, we are referring to a concept that is woven into every aspect of how we conduct ourselves as a responsible business enterprise. At Syngene, we have evolved our business operations to integrate a range of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. Our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint has led us to invest in a range of conservation measures, which has resulted in 75% of electricity coming from renewable resources, 90.75% of waste being recycled, and 38% recycling of water. We have achieved zero waste to landfill as of December 2022.

In terms of social responsibility, we have implemented policies promoting diversity and inclusion in our workforce, ensuring that all employees feel valued and respected. 27% of our permanent employees in the workforce consist of women. In the current financial year, there were a total of 2,557 new hires, of which 44% were women. In terms of learning and development, a total of 820,259 training hours were delivered, with each employee undergoing an average of 120 hours of training. Under governance, Syngene has established a strong system of oversight and accountability while strengthening our supply chain.

Learn more about Syngene’s ESG journey in FY 2023; read the ESG report here.


To improve safety at the workplace, Syngene has strategically invested in a corporate initiative called Kavach. This is a multi-year program aimed at building an organization-wide safety culture encompassing employees, suppliers, partners and clients.

To achieve this vision, Syngene has placed safety at par with business performance with shared responsibility and accountability, including following safety guidelines, procedures and SOPs, in letter and spirit. Syngene uses an integrated approach using standard tools and practices to manage all workplace processes. This approach is helping the company drive focussed risk reduction in operations, using people having the right set of skills, mindset and behaviour.

Health and safety

Syngene has an occupational health center (OHC) at its site which offers health care services to its employees. This center is equipped with diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and is manned by qualified health specialists. The programmes conducted by OHC, include preventive health care through pre-employment and also periodic medical examination of all employees. The company endeavors to move towards the concept of wellness as it recognizes that a healthy endeavors is a productive employee.

Awards and recognitions for EHSS

  • Utthama Suraksha Puraskar 2019 by National Safety Council of India (NSCI) under pharmaceutical and chemical engineering category for good safety management systems and safety performance
  • 4 Star award for best Environment Health & Safety Management System -2016 by CII
  • Workplace Assessment Conditions (WCA) Achievement Award by Intertek
  • 4 Star award for Best EHS-2014 practices by Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region at Chennai
  • 3 Star award for Best EHS-2013 practices by Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region at Chennai
  • Greentech Gold Environment Award – 2011 by Greentech Foundation
  • Uttama Suraksha Puraskara – 2011 by National Safety Council – Karnataka Chapter.
  • “Special Commendation” for the ‘Golden Peacock Award for Occupational Health & Safety for the year 2011’
  • Meritorious achievement in Environment and Occupational Health & Safety award -2010 by CII
  • Safety Excellence Award – 2009 from Karnataka State Safety Institute (Directorate of Factories)

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