Environmental Action

Genzyme has been a leader in sustainability among Cambridge businesses and among the world’s corporate leaders....The company has come to symbolize how a business can integrate sustainability into its business mission.
— 2009 Go Green Award
City of Cambridge
As a health care company, Genzyme's commitment to wellbeing extends beyond medical care. We're also committed to creating a cleaner, greener, healthier world for patients, employees, and surrounding communities.

From our business strategies to our day-to-day operations, environmental responsibility has long been a priority for Genzyme. We believe that by reducing our impact on the natural world, we help establish not only a healthier environment, but a more sustainable business to continue serving our constituents for many years to come.

Our Environmental Evolution

Our earliest efforts focused on complying with environmental regulations, and we established a separate Environmental Affairs group in 1999 to monitor and manage those issues.

Our vision soon broadened beyond compliance requirements. Motivated by both top-down leadership and bottom-up employee initiatives, we began exploring ways to proactively improve our environmental performance. Globally, we set quantifiable goals and implemented on-site programs – and before long, established ourselves as an industry leader in green business. Alongside Genzyme's significant growth and expansion, our environmental impact continues to diminish relative to our size. It's a trend we strive to maintain as we head into the future.

Our Environmental Policy Statement

"Genzyme Corporation will conduct its businesses in a safe and environmentally responsible manner in compliance with all health, safety, and environmental regulations. Genzyme will operate its facilities so as to protect our environment and conserve our natural resources, making our corporate and residential neighbors proud to have Genzyme in their communities. Genzyme managers will provide leadership to achieve these goals through their plans and operations and all employees will incorporate these goals and practices into their daily operations."

Compliance and Site Management By tracking several key environmental performance indicators and employing a systematic process for measuring our impact, Genzyme strives not only to ensure that our manufacturing and lab facilities comply with all laws, but also with good green business practices. More
Green Building Our headquarters has become an icon of green building, but Genzyme's efforts extend far beyond this single structure. We've established ourselves as a global industry leader in sustainable design and construction. More
On the Ground Efforts Corporate directives and smart site management go a long way toward making Genzyme a greener company – but it's the everyday activities of our employees that really demonstrate our ongoing commitment to environmental action. More
Contact Us
Genzyme Corporation

500 Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
USA
T: 617-252-7500
F: 617-252-7600

Send Email
Genzyme Center Online
A Virtual Visit

Get details about our innovative, environmentally friendly headquarters, with photos, online tours, and info on visiting in person.

Ladybugs on the Loose

Our commitment to being green led the Genzyme Center facilities team to devise an innovative, non-toxic approach to pest control for the building's indoor gardens. Read more and watch a video at the Boston Globe's website.

Awards and Honors
A Record of Excellence

See how Genzyme has been recognized across many arenas, from our innovative work and exceptional workplace to our philanthropic and environmental efforts.

Related Information
Also on Genzyme.com
infoBox