“Designing in sustainability is the strategy of this environmentally conscious company“
As a global provider of leading life sciences brands, Cytiva is pathing the way in environmental stewardship.
Cytiva is a global provider of technologies and services that advance and accelerate the development and manufacture of therapeutics. Cytiva joined Danaher Corporation – a Fortune 500 science and technology innovator – as an independent operating company in 2020. With over 8,000 associates and regional hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and China, Cytiva is a major player in the life sciences industry.
As a trusted partner for biological research and the development of innovative vaccines, biologic drugs, and novel cell and gene therapies, Cytiva brings speed, efficiency and capacity to research and manufacturing workflows. Cytiva operates in 40 countries and territories covering Europe, Asia, North and Latin America and the Middle East, hosting 11 customer-centered innovation facilities to develop ideas through to commercial development.
In 2021, Cytiva launched a global sustainability plan called “Designing in Sustainability”. The idea is for the plan to act as a roadmap for building the foundations of a resilient company which make a positive impact on people and the planet. The plan is grounded in the company’s vision of a world in which access to life-changing therapies transform human health.
The plan is based on three pillars:
An example of Cytiva’s sustainability strategy in action is at their site in Tonglu, China. Here they make Whatman filtration products which are used to measure quality standards in areas such as air testing, water quality and in the evaluation of agricultural seed quality. To make these products consumes a large amount of water and makes the plant highly dependent on its access to the nearby Fuchun river.
The reliance on water, the single-largest expended resource in manufacturing and production, is not unique to Cytiva. As an industry leader, Cytiva recognizes its responsibility to address its water-intensive usage. They are taking a combined approach to tackle this and have invested over USD 3 million into the program. This includes optimizing manufacturing processes, improving wastewater quality and implementing systems to reuse water. The plant recycling system reuses the water that it receives from the municipal water treatment plant. Through these measures, Cytiva has reduced its annual water consumption at the plant by 80% and its associated costs by nearly 95%. These savings are reinvested into the plant to further enhance its operational standards. The Tonglu site also made the transition from shipping its products via air to shipping via sea. By eliminating extra shipping routes and optimizing of delivery time, Cytiva has reduced its carbon emissions in this area by approximately 95%. The Tonglu site is just one example of how is designing in sustainability for both the environment and its stakeholders.
Cytiva plans to further integrate sustainability into the design and delivery of its products and services. For example, plans are under way to reduce waste in packaging and product components. The company’s strategic acumen and resolute commitment is an example of how the industry is transforming in light of challenges. Through its actions, Cytiva is leading a thoughtful conversation on how resources can be maximized and display agility within our VUCA environment.
“As a young company, the extent of which Cytiva has remained gung-ho on its commitment to sustainability and the environment is truly astonishing and beyond laudable.”
Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group