Grifols is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen by pursuing environmentally-friendly initiatives that reduce our environmental impact and encourage the preservation of natural resources. The environmental management system at our Clayton, NC manufacturing site is regularly audited by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is certified as equivalent to ISO 14001.
Grifols has recently made significant strides towards implementing sustainable practices and decreasing its environmental impact. In 2010, our manufacturing plant in Clayton, N.C:
- Reduced HCFC releases by more than 50 percent
- Increased solid waste recycling by 50 percent in five years
- Installed new high-efficiency chillers to reduce ozone depleting potential
- Recycled 99 percent of glass from manufacturing operations
- Increased employee utilization of subsidized van pool for commuters
To encourage the preservation of natural resources, Grifols has set aside 65 acres of natural habitat at its 211-acre manufacturing site in Clayton, NC. This land is now considered as a protected habitat for the hundreds of plant and animal species that live among the forests, grasslands and tributaries. The initiative is led by the Grifols wildlife team and began in 2007 with a large-scale effort to remove trash and debris left by the site's previous occupants. Walking trails have been developed to provide employees with opportunities to learn about the diverse wildlife species and habitats at the site.
Grifols is also incorporating wildlife habitat management practices into the construction of its new manufacturing facility at the Clayton site. Two retention ponds were built to collect rainwater run-off from the construction site of the new fractionation facility, and the wildlife team is landscaping with a native grass seed mix that is drought tolerant.
Throughout its efforts, the Grifols wildlife team has consulted with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and naturalists from Howell Woods Park. The wildlife team has contacted a local Boy Scout troop to assist in creating interpretive materials for the trail, and employees are regularly informed about the efforts underway at the wildlife habitat.
Grifols' ongoing efforts to restore this area to its natural condition earned the company two national certifications – Corporate Lands for Learning and Wildlife at Work -- from the Wildlife Habitat Council. Both programs recognize and monitor a company's ongoing efforts to maintain native habitats and encourage hands-on learning through educational initiatives with local schools and community groups.
In 2009, the company collaborated with O'Brien & Gere Egnineers, Inc., to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory program. The program is based on international consensus GHG accounting protocols, ensuring that the inventory program supports Grifols' corporate sustainability reporting objectives and is consistent with potential future regulatory requirements that are being developed by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Completion of a GHG inventory establishes a baseline for measuring future changes in GHG emissions. Grifols' GHG inventory program also provides information on historic trends in emissions and identifies the major emission sources and opportunities for mitigation. The program also includes a GHG calculation tool that will enable Grifols to track future GHG emissions on a facility-level and organization-wide basis.