What does corporate responsibility mean at Genzyme? It means running a sustainable business that can continue to invest in important research and innovative new therapies. It also means conducting our business according to the highest ethical standards and practices. Most of all, it means demonstrating our ongoing commitment to all of our stakeholders, from the patients we serve, to the employees we rely on, to the wider communities in which we operate.
Genzyme's sense of responsibility is grounded in our commitment to patients – and in particular to those patients who have few other advocates. Our company was founded to address the needs of patients with rare diseases who had no available treatment options, and we remain committed today to advancing new therapies for still-unmet medical needs.
World Rare Disease Day
Bob Coughlin, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, speaks of Genzyme's commitment to rare diseases at our 2010 event for World Rare Disease Day.
Our patient focus is about much more than developing and delivering products. We also take responsibility for helping patients obtain access to our unique therapies, regardless of their location, financial circumstances, or other obstacles. We establish free drug programs, help build sustainable health care systems, participate in humanitarian initiatives, and provide a range of supporting services, all on behalf of our number one priority: patients.
Genzyme's work to improve the lives of patients would not be possible without the dedication and talents of our global workforce. Thus we feel a tremendous responsibility to create an equally rewarding workplace for our employees.
We maintain a culture that encourages personal initiative, while still providing structure and support for career development. A corporate commitment to diversity, workplace safety, and employee wellness helps ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all. And we strive to provide inspirational opportunities both on and off the job that bring both professional and personal satisfaction.
Responsible business requires a company to look beyond the boundaries of its everyday operations. Genzyme recognizes that we have an impact on the outside world, and we try to ensure it's a positive one. Widely acknowledged as an industry leader in environmental responsibility, we remain committed to maintaining and expanding our green business practices. And we actively give back to the communities that surround and support us, through cash grants, collaborative partnerships, and other local and global initiatives.