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October 2021

Dear all,

Welcome to the third PSCI newsletter of 2021. I hope you had an enjoyable summer and managed some time away from the office with family and friends.
It’s been a busy summer for us at the PSCI with the delivery of our Annual Supplier Conferences in India and China. I was pleased to take part virtually and am delighted by the increasing popularity and impact of these conferences on suppliers within these critical regions.
Our Annual General Meeting is also right around the corner and is where we come together to share updates on our work and elect new Board members for the coming year. In our still virtual world, it’s difficult to feel as connected to colleagues as we once did, but I am looking forward to re-connecting with my fellow members and hope you are too. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

PSCI Chair and Associate Director of Corporate Sustainability at Centrient Pharmaceuticals
Manjit Singh, PSCI Chair

Recent Events


Explosion Protection (Part 1)


New Indian Labor Law changes


Hazardous Reaction (delivered in Mandarin)


Explosion Protection (Part 2)


2021 PSCI China Supplier Conference (Virtual)


Risk Assessment Tools - Discharge of APIs in Sludge & Wastewater


2021 PSCI India Supplier Conference (Virtual)


How to meet your Pharma Customers' Request to Immediately Reduce GHG Emissions

Upcoming Events


Establishing Predicted Environmental Concentrations for API loss from Pharma Manufacturing
14 October 2021 09:00 - 11:15 Eastern Time (US & Canada)


IPE Compliance Guidance (delivered in Mandarin)
27 October 2021 15:00 - 16:00 Beijing


Pharma Industry Practices and PSCI Perspective on Animal use in Testing and Experimentation
28 October 2021 09:30 - 10:30 London


Annual General Meeting 2021 (Virtual)
8 - 10 November 2021

Member Updates and Resources

Welcome to our New Member

We’ve welcomed one new member since June 2021: Acino. We welcome their genuine commitment to responsible supply chain practices. This brings our total membership to 52. 

“At Acino, we promote affordable healthcare by delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in the emerging markets and leveraging our manufacturing capabilities and network to supply leading companies through contract manufacturing and out-licensing. Everything we do builds on the trust that our patients, business partners and societies have given us. Our commitment to society goes further than the products we provide; it includes environmental and social considerations across the entire supply chain. We are pleased to join the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) to continue enhancing our responsible business practices driven by the Acino values and principles set forth in our Code of Conduct.”
-Patrick Zahnd, Global Head of Environment, Health and Safety at Acino

Not a member yet? 

When you join the PSCI you join a community committed to promoting responsible supply chains and better business conditions.

Find out about membership
Spreading the word with CPhI
We are pleased to have a partnership with CPhI, a well-established industry group that unites pharmaceutical professionals through exhibitions, conferences and online communities to network, identify business opportunities and expand the global market. PSCI representatives including PSCI Vice Chair Vicki Stone-Bjarup, Novo Nordisk and David McCarthy, Pfizer recently spoke at the CPhI Discover and North America conferences respectively. They spoke to viewers about building supply chain resilience through responsible sourcing and embedding environmentally responsible manufacturing practices through the value chain.
New: Governance Video
We are pleased to have released the third of a series of videos that helps explain the PSCI Governance Structure. The video delves into the purpose of the PSCI, membership types, how the Board of Directors is structured and the various Committees and Topic Teams. Watch the video here.
Audit Findings Analysis

The exercise took place in July 2021 and looks at the overall trends of audit findings between 2018 and 2020. By taking a deep dive into common findings among 2020 uploaded audits by critical/major/minor and critical/other with examples provided. You can find the headline findings and details here


Supplier Updates 

Where to start if you're new to the PSCI: Principles, Videos, Key Resources

If you’re new to the PSCI, you’ll find all our news, key resources, and training materials on our website (available here). As a start, here are our key resources:  

·        The PSCI Principles for Responsible Supply Chain Management set the standard for human rights, ethics, labor, health and safety, environment and related management systems. The Principles may be voluntarily supported by any business in the pharmaceutical industry.  

·        This introductory video to the PSCI and the PSCI Overview Presentation summarizes what the PSCI is and does, and covers other useful information including our membership structure and application process 

·        The PSCI Annual Report 2020 provides an overview of the PSCI’s activities and progress in 2020.

As a supplier to PSCI member companies, you may also wish to join ‘The Link for Suppliers’, our community platform dedicated to suppliers. Launched back in Spring 2020, it offers easy access to resources and audit sharing, plus the change to engage in dialogue with and hear latest news from the PSCI. Suppliers of PSCI member companies are encouraged to sign up. You can find out more here.
We also have a WeChat channel used by 550+ suppliers – scan the QR code below or use the ID ‘制药供应链组织’ to join.
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Virtual Supplier Conferences

Throughout the month of September, we held our increasingly popular Virtual Suppliers Conferences in China and India. These free conferences enable suppliers to interact with PSCI member companies and explore the challenges facing our industry. Attendees hear from expert organizations in the areas of Human rights & Labor, Health, Safety, Environment and Management Systems to develop their own understanding and expertise. We will be uploading recordings of the Conferences over the coming weeks. You can listen to these recordings as they become available for China here and for India here.
Environmental Training Matrix 

We are pleased to have released a training program for suppliers which has been developed by the Environment Team. Training material on 10 topics that are crucial to the environment are available here.

Members and suppliers: Join our online community 

Access our full library of resources, register for events and webinars and share audits and other assessments.

Log in or register


Spring Meeting

The 2021 PSCI Virtual Spring Meeting was held in May. This year, the focus was on biosafety, Scope 3 emissions, and responsible procurement programs. The Spring Meeting also hosted many guest speakers with new insights, discussions from the 2020 AGM and the achievements & plans of the five committees. Click here to watch the sessions.

World Economic Forum Report on Anti-microbial Resistance and Water

The WEF has posted an in-depth report about AMR from water pollution as a major global health challenge. The report navigates its way through AMR risk as a product of pollutant discharges & socioeconomic vulnerability. The report then delves into how the risk is expected to become increasingly concentrated in the Global South over the next ten years. Read more about the topic here.

PSCI in the News

Advisory Panel Member Nordea wins ESG award for our collaboration in India 

We're pleased that our Advisory Panel member Nordea Asset Management has taken home the ‘ESG engagement initiative of the year’ prize in the 2020 Sustainable Investment Awards for their engagement with us and our work in India. Read more about Industry engagement in India here.

Supply Chain Sustainability and The PSCI Principles at the Continuous Flow Reactor Technology Conference 

PSCI Chair Manjit Singh spoke at the Continuous Flow Reactor Technology (CFRT) conference on building resilient supply chains and the importance of industry-wide standards for sustainability. In 2009, Tks Publisher and event organizer on behalf of Chimica Oggi – Chemistry Today journal was the first to organize a worldwide conference on Flow reactors that had been a hot topic for several decades. After the  success of the first event, Tks continued its mission to present real industrial case studies and create a professional networking by organizing this symposium yearly. The conference covered topics such as regulation, digital design, and an introduction to Supply Chain Sustainability by Manjit. You can find out more about the conference and watch Manjit’s talk here.

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