No business operates in a bubble. We are part of a global community, with responsibilities towards our people, clients, suppliers, shareholders, the environment and the public at large. Living up to that responsibility and making a positive impact in everything we do is extremely important to us.
Whether we are taking the best possible care of our people, supporting charities we believe in or protecting the environment, we embed CSR into our organisation at every level. As part of UDG Healthcare plc, we are committed to upholding the highest professional and ethical standards. We encourage and support everyone who works for us to do the same.
At Sharp we believe in building strong, healthy relationships with the communities we work in and serve, by getting involved with local fundraising, projects and organisations.
We support local and national charities we believe in, both through financial donations and by helping our people in sharing their time and skills. At each of our sites, we encourage our teams to come up with creative new ways of contributing and working with their community.
The charities we currently support include:
• March of Dimes Foundation
• United Way
• American Cancer Society
• Macmillan Cancer Support
• Miller-Keystone Blood Center
• Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
• Lehigh Valley Health Network
• Andrew J Gress Graphic Arts Institute
• Plymouth Fire Company
• Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company
• Minsi Trails Council
• The City of Hope National Medical Center
• Phoenixville Fire Department
• Phoenixville Area School District
• St Christopher’s Foundation Farm to Families Initiative
• Toys for Tots Foundation
• Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology
March of Dimes: Sharp US marches for premature babies
March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Walks began in 1970 and have raised $2.3 billion to benefit all babies.
2017 marks the 11th year that Sharp has participated in the March of Dimes walk. Terry Kloiber, a member of the US Procurement department, has been heading up this drive for the last nine years and was excited to have five additional associates helping with donation collection.
Donations were also made to support the “Blue Jeans for Babies” initiative throughout March and April, where Sharp employees donated to wear blue jeans on Fridays. Sharp has raised over $10,000 for March for Dimes so far in 2017.
We are committed to limiting the impact we have on the environment and helping to protect our planet for the generations to come. At every site, in every country where we operate, we make sure we are meeting or exceeding all statutory requirements and working to the very highest standards.
We build good environmental practice into the management and processes that make up our business, looking for cleaner, greener ways to deliver our products and services. That includes an extensive recycling programme covering paper products, cartridges, plastics and aluminium.
Case Study: Waste management at our US sites
Sharp’s Allentown facility saved 71% on their trash and recycling waste streams. The facility is now also completely landfill-free.
Sharp engaged Edge Insights in order to evaluate their environmental service costs. Edge Insights was able to cut their bill in half and eliminate a second bill. Recycling opportunities were identified for materials previously going to landfills and rebate opportunities were identified for previously recycled materials that were not receiving rebates such as cardboard, shrink-wrap, pallets, and fiber drums. Sharp’s partnership with Edge also ties in with the values we take pride in, including quality of service and continued improvement, ingenuity and problem solving, expertise demonstrated by industry experts, as well as energy to achieve more.
Sharp Packaging Services is dedicated to creating working environments that are safe, enjoyable, supportive and free from any kind of discrimination. We have programmes to continually improve our performance in these areas and a dedicated team to support and monitor progress.
Case Study: Communicating occupational hazards through colour
Pharmaceutical products are designed to have a specific effect in the human body.
While this is precisely the intention in a patient with a known condition, these effects are not desirable in the employees who handle these pharmaceutical products as part of their every day job.
The Challenge Identified
Recognising the need for a clear and accessible hazard communication program, specifically as it applies to the products presented in our facilities, the Sharp Environmental Health and Safety team collaborated to develop a system to communicate these known health hazards to our associates.
The Sharp Solution
This employee-driven initiative resulted in what is called the Occupational Exposure Band (OEB) system. The OEB banding is a language independent, colour-coding scheme which simply and effectively communicates the relative severity of pharmaceutical products in the workplace. All pharmaceutical products handled by Sharp are subject to our Product Safety and Quality Risk Assessment (PSQRA) process and are each assigned to one of five colour bands based on the hazard that they present, such as physical form, occupational exposure limits, hazard classification etc. The designated colour-coded hazard level is clearly displayed, along with personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, at the entry point into each production room to ensure our associates are aware of the hazard associated with what that they will be handling in that particular room. Inside the room, a master OEB poster is on display as a further reference for hazard information.
The Positive Outcome
Many of Sharp’s customers will visit the packaging suite to observe their product being packaged. The OEB system also informs visitors of the necessary gowning/PPE requirement to safely visit a packaging suite. This OEB system – which was developed internally by the EHS team at Allentown and Conshohocken – demonstrates a proactive management of safety and is an example of the very best of our values of ingenuity and energy. The simplicity and accessibility of the visual scheme means it can be shared and implemented at each Sharp location in the USA, UK and Europe.
The Patient ImpactThis implementation of health and safety standards means that the production of packaging is made more efficient and the drugs can be distributed to patients as quickly as possible.
Our talented, dedicated teams are the heart of our business and we couldn’t deliver on our promises without them. So, we are dedicated to creating work environments that are safe, enjoyable, supportive and free from any kind of discrimination – places where hard work is rewarded and promising careers are nurtured.
In fact, we are always looking to attract, develop and retain the very best people at every level of our business and we’ve got a great track record for helping people fulfil their potential. We have ongoing programmes to support and develop our employees, monitor their progress and create the career opportunities they deserve.
Sharp believes in…employee welfare
Early in 2016 Sharp Clinical (UK) in Crickhowell introduced a staff welfare programme to enhance their application for recognition by the Wales Government Corporate Health Standard panel. So began twice yearly visits from an Occupational Health (OH) professional offering Sharp sponsored health tests and advice for all.
Dan, a valued member of the production team aged in his twenties, had been feeling unwell for some time; tired, with low energy levels and general malaise. He had hit the absence triggers for sickness which involved a supportive meeting with HR and his line manager.
As a result, he was referred to OH. Following a chat and some blood tests, Dan was advised to see his GP and was diagnosed with an acute vitamin deficiency. He was prescribed medication and while it helped for a while, at the next OH visit he was still not 100%. He was advised to go back to his GP and as a direct result he now has increased monthly medication and feels incredibly well. He has also turned his life around in other ways, with an improved diet and plenty of sunshine, supported by Sharp’s ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ fruit supply as well as his own hard work and self-motivation.
Dan has not been off sick for over 6 months and is getting on with his life.
Sharp believes in the holistic support and development of all employees that goes beyond simply helping them do their job. Energy is one of our core values, and all Sharp employees strive to bring energy to the work we do. We were delighted that through the Sharp Occupational Health program, Dan found a new lease of life and regained his energy.