To kick off the year, Controlant’s global team convened for LOV week, a week dedicated to Living Our Values, clarifying the company strategy and priorities, connecting with colleagues, customers and partners, and collaborating on ways to realize our zero-waste vision for pharma supply chains.
During LOV week, the team celebrated Controlant’s values of excellence, transparency, creativity, and fun, and took part in an exciting agenda of presentations by executive leadership, fireside chats with customers, a LOV Expo, collaborative sessions, and more.
During our Day of Connection, we had the privilege of welcoming customers representing the pharma industry and logistics service providers.
While each company brings its unique perspective, some common trends and challenges surfaced throughout the presentations and dialogue with the audience. The rise of personalized medicines, complex and sensitive new treatments, and the importance of preserving resources and the natural environment, are all trends that put pharma supply chains to the test. At the same time, emerging technologies including IoT stand to transform supply chains, but implementing them may require new ways of thinking, operating, and collaborating.
While the patient is at the forefront of everything we do, the planet is equally important. Vicki Preibisch, VP of Sustainability at Controlant wrapped up the customer sessions with insights into Controlant´s journey towards zero-waste supply chains for pharma. She elaborated on how the healthcare sector contributes 5% of emissions globally, and on how Controlant devices and solutions play a part in reducing and avoiding carbon emissions as medicine travels from production to patient.
Steve Van Kuiken, Board Member at Controlant had the closing word of the session, sharing the investor perspective and how the strong foundation of Controlant’s business, coupled with a clear vision, puts it in a unique position to be a positive force in the transformation of pharma supply chains.
The LOV Expo gave people across all divisions the chance to connect with our solutions, our vision, and one another. Experts and teams across the company put our solutions and the inner workings of the company on display: our devices, platform, MARS team and customer services, sustainability impact, data analytics, and much more. As people looked under the hood of the Controlant machine, their wonder, admiration, curiosity, and joy was apparent throughout the Expo booths.
On the Day of Collaboration, a workshop dubbed the Controlant Creatival put our values of creativity and fun to work and brought over 400 creative minds together to tackle five different challenges. The outcome was insightful discussions, valuable learning, and innovative ideas for solutions to improve our ways of working and create value for our customers. To bring the Creatival to a close, five groups took to the stage to pitch their ideas to the leadership and their fellow colleagues, receiving enthusiastic applause for their creativity and teamwork.
At Controlant, we are proud to engage with partners and organizations beyond our traditional value chain, to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. We welcomed Birna Thórarinsdóttir, Executive Director of the National Committee for UNICEF in Iceland, and Kristín S. Hjálmtýsdóttir, Secretary General of The Icelandic Red Cross, in a panel moderated by Controlant’s CEO and co-founder Gísli Herjólfsson.
Birna introduced UNICEF’s mission to improve the lives of children worldwide, particularly those most vulnerable and marginalized. She also highlighted the importance of continued and strengthened child immunization around the world, which is the focus of the partnership between Controlant and UNICEF. Kristín inspired the audience with the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which works according to its principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence to help people affected by armed conflict, disaster and emergencies. Zooming in on Iceland, she highlighted the critical role that The Icelandic Red Cross plays in supporting those affected by natural disasters including volcanic eruptions.
The LOV Awards are an annual tradition at Controlant, recognizing a team or an individual who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact for people and the planet in the communities in which we operate. This year, Glenn Neville and the U.S. team at Controlant received the LOV Award for the partnership with Employment Horizon—an organization whose mission is to transform the lives of people with disabilities by helping them obtain and thrive at the job of their choice.
LOV week set the tone for the year ahead, inspiring the whole team – from Kópavogur to Copenhagen and from Wroclaw to New Jersey – to participate and collaborate to ensure we remain the experts in our field, aligned in our mission to eliminate waste in one of the world’s most critical supply chains, focused on ensuring patient safety, and ready to create value for our partners and the planet.
Saga Card will bring unprecedented visibility into the journey of medicines and vaccines, from production to patient.
Controlant affirms its commitment to environmental transparency by disclosing its environmental impact through the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), a global non-profit that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform. In the first year of rating, CDP rates Controlant B- for its coordinated action on climate issues.
Controlant has been rated Silver in its 2024 EcoVadis sustainability assessment, placing the company among the top 15% of over 125,000 rated companies across industries. The Silver rating is a significant achievement in the second assessment year for Controlant, bumping the company up from a Bronze rating in the previous year. The rating is in line with Controlant ambitions to become a sustainability leader.