Minimising our Environmental Impacts
CSL has an Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS2) Management System that its facilities operate to industry and regulatory standards. This system includes compliance with government regulations and commitments for continuous improvement of health and safety in the workplace, as well as minimising the impact of operations on the environment. To drive this system, CSL implemented an EHS2 Management System (EHSMS) Standard. Internal audits at one site demonstrated compliance with the EHSMS in FY2019/20. Completion of the remaining internal audits are planned over the next one to two years.
CSL has met its reporting obligations under the Australian Government’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (2007) and Victorian Government’s Industrial Waste Management Policy (National Pollutant Inventory).
Development, implementation, and improvement of employee health and safety processes and programs continue to focus on enhancement of a strong safety culture. Our Australian operations continue classification as an Established Licensee in respect to CSL’s self-insurance licence as granted by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.
Australian and foreign laws regulate environmental and safety obligations and waste discharge quotas. Government agency audits and site inspections monitor CSL environmental and safety performance. As part of compliance and continuous improvement in regulatory and voluntary environmental performance, CSL continues to report on key environmental aspects including non-compliances at our sites, see page 34 of our 2019/20 Annual Report for more information.
CSL reaffirms its commitment to continue to participate in initiatives such as CDP’s (climate change and water disclosures) to help inform investors of its environmental management approach and performance. In 2019, we achieved a C in our climate change submission, an improvement on the prior year, and consistent with the global average but a grade lower than the biotech and pharmaceutical average of B. For our water submission, we achieved a B− , consistent with the global average and slightly lower than the biotech and pharmaceutical average of B. Both initiatives deploy an eight-point scale with A the highest possible score and D− the lowest. Our participation in both initiatives demonstrates a continued commitment to measuring and assessing our environmental impacts.