The awareness of sustainability as a main issue of companies’ performance has considerably grown over the last few years, where environmental protection, economic growth and social equity is a triple bottom line that has to be considered. According to Ernst & Young (2010) the chemical and pharmaceutical industry has quite a long tradition of dealing with sustainability issues. Several environmental accidents have led to greater concerns about safety operations in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry. Especially, the “Seveso disaster” in July 1976 in the region of Milan/Italy which resulted in the highest known exposure to Dioxin (TCDD) in residential populations and led to studies and standardized industrial safety regulations. Since then, governments and multilateral organizations around the world have undertaken active initiatives to protecting the environment
Students will visit a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Kosovo "Trepharm” or “Gentipharm”. They produce different pharmaceutical products like traditional ones such as capsules, tablets and syrups. They have drug control laboratory for analysis and control of medication, as well.
The plan is to go through all stages of the fieldwork. There are typically three stages involved in Fieldwork: pre-field stage, field stage and post-field stage. Participants will be provided with clear expectations and will be motivated to take an active role in the process.
During the Pre-field stage the aims and objectives of the fieldwork will be defined, while a stakeholder who will be involved in the field work is identified. The location is appropriate, objectives are clear and learning outcomes are planned carefully. Students will research the relevant literature prior to departure and will prepare questions that they will ask.
During the Field stage participants will be encouraged to get actively involved during the visit and achieve the objectives set out prior to fieldwork. The discussion will be inthe form of a focus group, where students will gain information from the authorized person in charge, based on a questions prepared earlier. They will take evidence from what he says.
During post-field stage the data obtained from the group work will be gathered and analyzed. In small groups students will present the findings using graphs/charts and supporting literature. In their groups participants should identify constraints and barriers and suggest potential stakeholders that could get involved in the future.
There is a list of criteria and indicators which are considered to be significant for the company to meet, to show the commitment and dedication to sustainability. The criteria that are identified are:
- Sustainability Reporting,
- Corporate Governance and Sustainability Strategy,
- CR Organization and Management
- Environment (environmental footprint)
- Supply Chain/Procurement
- Other Aspects
The company will be reminded that sustainable programs of corporate responsibility work best when invested in the health of communities and in the health of a business. To make a win-win situation, the Company that is cooperating with us can come to our College and promote themselves and what they are doing.