Embedding Sustainability in GlaxoSmithKline's Operations

Originally delivered May 11, 2011
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For the past several years the GlaxoSmithKline’s Operational Sustainability Team has actively worked to embed sustainability principles into GSK by creating tools for scientists and engineers to select and design greener, safer, more efficient chemicals and processes; and has established fruitful collaborations with academics and Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industry to improve the sustainability profile of the industry. This presentation covers the approach to develop tools to embed Sustainability into the New Product Design process. It highlights several tools included in the Eco-Design toolkit, which was developed using state-of-the-art scientific advancements and standards in Green Chemistry, Green Technology and Life Cycle Assessment.

This presentation covers an overview of the Materials Guides with information and EHS ranking on a wide range of solvents and bases and the life cycle impacts associated with solvent manufacture; FLASC *TM*(Fast Lifecycle Assessment for Synthetic Chemistry), a module that allows bench chemists to perform a streamlined life cycle evaluation of the environmental impacts of processes and measure green metrics such as mass efficiency; Green Packing Guide that provides a packing environmental assessment tool with guidance that is used to evaluate and select packing; and Chemicals Legislation Guide that identifies legislation in various parts of the world to highlight those chemicals that are likely to be phased out because of their inherent hazards (chemicals of concern).

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Concepcion Jimenez-Gonzalez

Concepción 'Conchita' Jiménez-González is Director of External Product Development - Skin Health at Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company. She is responsible for the outsourcing model to deliver quality skin health products, leading the development activities and collaboration with external partners for the skin health portfolio.  

Conchita currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.  Dr. Jimenez-Gonzalez  and her team were awarded the AIChE Industrial Practice in Sustainable Engineering in...Read more

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