In line with its long-term commitment of delivering net zero emissions across all operations by 2030, GSK Malaysia has launched #GiveBack, its very own Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) campaign focusing on safe and responsible disposal of old and used inhalers.
Throughout the campaign's pilot phase, patients are encouraged to drop off their used, unwanted or expired inhalers at participating pharmacies to help reduce plastic waste and the adverse effects that the propellant has on the environment.
Jonathan Pan, Vice President & GM of GSK Malaysia said the programme has already been conducted in the UK and will help pave the way for a more environmentally sustainable treatment of respiratory diseases in Malaysia. "By 2030, we hope to create an impact that results in major savings in terms of material waste and carbon emissions."
#GiveBack is held through collaborative working with over 50 outlets of Big Pharmacy across the Klang Valley and Seremban and will soon be extended to a nationwide campaign. In a next phase of the campaign, GSK is looking into having the collected inhalers recycled into materials that can be repurposed, such as materials for local artists to create art installations.
"GSK's #GiveBack initiative is a very meaningful project and does more than just providing a solution for patients to responsibly dispose their inhalers," said Mr Lee Meng Chuan, Chief Executive Officer of Big Pharmacy Healthcare Sdn Bhd, on the campaign. "Pharmacists have a chance to discuss the patient's medicine usage and encourage them to return their used inhalers to unlock the potential for improved patient outcomes and contribute to a greener environment for everyone."
Having been one of the first pharmaceutical companies to set ambitious environment targets in 2010, GSK has since reduced 34% carbon emissions, 78% waste in landfills and 31% water usage. By 2030, GSK aims to reach net zero impact on climate and net positive impact on nature.