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Advancing UN SDGs

In 2023, we signed up for the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. In the annual Communication on Progress, which can be found on Galapagos’ participation profile on the UN Global Compact website, we disclose our continuous efforts to integrate the Ten Principles into our business strategy, culture, and daily operations, and contribute to United Nations goals, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

We identified two core SDG goals where we believe we can make a difference, as well as six enabling SDG goals. Together they will help us to execute on our commitment to our four Sustainability pillars.

The table below links our material aspects and engagement areas to select components of the SDG framework:


SDG 3 (icon)

Good health and well-being

More years of life and quality of life, by transforming patient outcomes through accelerating life changing science and innovation, are at the core of what we do.

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Partnerships for the goals

We embrace internal and external partnerships to work towards our mission to bringing much needed innovation to patients.


SDG 4 (icon)

Quality education

We invest in our employees and foster an inclusive, open and supportive work environment across our locations in Europe and the U.S.

SDG 5 (icon)

Gender equality

We cultivate a corporate culture where we strive for gender equality.

SDG 8 (icon)

Decent work and economic growth

We are a global biotechnology company with operations in Europe and the US.

SDG 9 (icon)

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Our mission is to accelerate transformational innovation through the relentless pursuit of groundbreaking science, our entrepreneurial spirit, and a collaborative mindset.

SDG 10 (icon)

Reduced inequalities

We aim to develop a balanced workforce across a number of criteria, including gender, nationality, ethnicity, experience and disability.

SDG 13 (icon)

Climate action

We value our planet and take initiatives to safeguard the environment and incorporate greener practices across our organization.