Environmental Sustainability

We believe that a healthy future for our global community starts in our own backyard. We view every decision we make through the lens of its potential impact on our people and our planet.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability took off in 2003 when a group of eco-minded employees questioned the old way of doing things, from the widespread use of disposable water bottles to non-recyclable tableware in the cafeteria.

They wanted to create more sustainable practices across Genentech, and their initiative sparked the creation of Green Genes, our largest employee volunteer group. Green Genes promotes environmentally friendly practices across our company and encourages employees to find ways to reduce our own environmental impacts at work and at home.

The broad-based employee enthusiasm for sustainable practices also inspired our leadership to set our first environmental sustainability goals in 2005, and shortly thereafter, we published our first Sustainability Report. We continue to raise the bar for our environmental commitments, and we are working toward ambitious 2020 goals for our South San Francisco campus.

Today, our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our cafeterias and offices to sustainable operations in research, development and manufacturing. Our Green BioPharma program helps our scientists reduce their environmental impact through laboratory recycling programs, green chemistry and energy awareness campaigns.

As we look to the future, we’re aiming to better understand and leverage the positive connections between environmental sustainability and employee well-being as we expand and enhance our workspaces. Our newest buildings on campus – B34 and B35 – were designed to reduce the use of energy, waste and water, while also offering spaces that enhance the health and wellness of our employees.