Why do we care? What does it mean?

This is Levy, our employee Symantha’s baby. Born in 2021, Levy will probably live well into the next century, 2100. But what will the world look like then? As Levy’s parents, many are worried that living conditions for future generations will be dramatically worsen if we do not act more responsibly regarding planet earth´s resources.

The time to change is now.

At RGD we aspire to do the best we can to contribute to a fairer, less polluted world, within the planetary boundaries. Therefore, we have embarked on a transformative journey to achieve more sustainability in drug discovery. Here you can find information about how we use our competence for initiatives and collaborations to deliver solutions with less harmful impact on the environment, in alignment with our mission- better health for people and planet.

RGD takes action for climate and sustainable development

“What gets measured, gets managed”

In collaboration with the climate consultancy firm 2050, through the use of standardized approaches and globally accepted principles, Red Glead Discovery has generated a Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that represents a fair account of its emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global warming must not exceed 1.5°C to avoid severe and irreversible impacts of climate change. To achieve this, GHG emissions must halve by 2030 – and drop to net-zero by 2050. Even small- and medium sized companies such as Red Glead Discovery need to contribute -every sector in every market must transform. Red Glead Discovery is ready to take responsibility.

The Science based target initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, for carbon emission reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science.  Red Glead Discovery’s GHG inventory is the basis for setting its goals. Red Glead Discovery commits to reduce scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 38% by 2030 from a 2021 base year, and to measure and reduce its scope 3 emissions. Red Glead Discovery also commits to reduce scope 1+2+3 emissions 90% by 2045 from a 2021 base year. SBTi approved these targets approved using a streamlined target validation route exclusive to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Thus, Red Glead Discovery has taken the first steps towards developing a net-zero strategy and is actively working to establish long-term targets that are aligned with the SBTi´s net-zero criteria.

As of September 2023, over 2441 companies worldwide are leading the transition to a net-zero economy by setting emissions reduction targets grounded in climate science through the SBTi.

Red Glead Discovery is one of them. Exerting action to contribute to climate goals is of uttermost importance, however there are more global challenges responsible companies should give attention to in order to promote sustainable development according to the areas identified by the UN.

Understanding that good practices or innovation in one area cannot make up for doing harm in another, we are integrating sustainability into our business model and have allocated financial resources as well as the equivalent to one full time employee for sustainability initiatives during 2023. Thus, we are continuously evaluating our value chain and operations, as well as supply chain, in relation to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to identify areas where we can reduce harmful environmental impact and similarly, areas where we can contribute positively. Our organization is firmly committed to adapting its approach in order to meet ambitious new sustainability objectives.

For a detailed look at our sustainability achievements in 2022, we invite you to read the sustainability report which you can download here. Below, you’ll find a descriptions of selected initiatives that we’ve started in 2023.

Sustainability Report 2022

For a detailed look at our sustainability achievements in 2022, we invite you to read the sustainability report.

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Pipeline – What we do

Goal 2023
Key Performance Indicator 2024
Goal 2030


Science-based targets

Goal 2023: Improve methods for analysis of GHG footprint to support reaching SBTi goals
Key Performance Indicator 2024: CO2 emissions measured, specific reduction goals set
Goal 2030: 38% reduction of scope 1 and 2 emissions


Goal 2023: Reduce energy use, emissions, waste from lab operations
Key Performance Indicator 2024: My green lab assessment performed, opportunities identified for further improvement


Whistleblower support

Goal 2023: Comply with new law and provide channel for whistleblowing
Key Performance Indicator 2024: Whistle blower channel implemented

Support our local and global community

Goal 2023: Provide resources to support projects and organisations
Key Performance Indicator 2024: RGD is a partner in community projects and has made donations to NGOs


Supply chain evaluation

Goal 2023: Reduce energy use, emissions, waste from lab operations
Key Performance Indicator 2024: 100 % of RGD top 20 suppliers are evaluated for sustainability performance.

Decision making for sustainability

Goal 2023: Promote knowledge to facilitate decision making for increased sustainability.
Key Performance Indicator 2024: 3 employees educated

Will you join us?

Further, we will be transparent about who we work with and why, recognising that we will lead and inform positive change through collaboration with customers, suppliers and peers. By forming coalitions with organisations and people sharing our vision for more sustainable drug discovery, we will get empowered to reach our goals.

This is a journey and we have just started — will you join us?