Ethics and compliance and corporate citizenship form part of the group's corporate responsibility policy. Ipsen’s various initiatives encourage all employees to play an active role in the group’s corporate responsibility efforts.
Ipsen launched a program to promote employment of the disabled in France in 2008. The project aims at maintaining employees with disabilities in the workplace, at recruiting employees with disabilities or at outsourcing services to companies employing disabled workers or to sheltered employment centers which have entered into agreements with the Group.
The PHARE plan (to promote the recruitment and employment of disabled workers) is organized around a network of PHARE representatives at each site. In addition, Ipsen has created partnerships with two specialist associations to facilitate work-study opportunities for disabled students. Initiatives to increase awareness across the Group are organized on a regular basis and specific training for the Human Resources and purchasing teams has been implemented.
Ipsen is also a founding member of the first French Clubhouse, working with Clubhouse France, an association dedicated to supporting people with psychological difficulties. The Clubhouse, which opened in October 2011, offers vital support services and promotes innovative and suitable employment opportunities. It is managed jointly by patients and employees. Ipsen is also partner of the "Handivalides" days in France, organized to increase awareness of disabilities in French higher education colleges and universities.
Ipsen has a long history of involvement in community efforts, particularly with associations and charitable work.
In France, the Ipsen group is a member of the Tulipe association, which pools medicines donated by pharmaceutical companies to meet urgent needs among populations affected by crises, natural disasters, and conflicts.
In Mexico, Ipsen created the Candy Foundation with the aim of helping low-income families with children suffering from cerebral palsy. The foundation’s primary objective is to offer medical treatment consisting of botulinum toxin injections. The foundation also offers personalized medical follow-up for families encompassing a range of specialist services such as rehabilitation, physiotherapy or neuropediatrics. The first center opened in 2008, followed by four others in Mexico City and puebla. 50 children were treated by the Candy Foundation in 2011.
Ipsen, which has long been committed to cultural sponsorship, has been a member of the Louvre museum’s corporate program since 2008 and contributes to the world-famous museum's funding. In 2007, Ipsen participated in the acquisition of an Egyptian medical papyrus from the New Empire (1550-1050 BC) which was declared “national treasure” and sponsored the exhibition “Meroe, Empire on the Nile” in 2010. In 2012, Ipsen is sponsoring the exhibition “Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry”, which features 47 individual leaves, considered as masterpieces of book illumination. The book of hours (Belles heures) for private devotional prayer was the most popular devotional book in the late Middle Ages.
The Group is involved in a range of awareness and information campaigns aimed at patient associations, in particular in Europe and the US. In the United Kingdom, the Ipsen Fund works to promote assistance for sick children. The Group is also keen to collaborate with academic associations and healthcare institutions to support research and training programs for healthcare personnel. Ipsen is involved in many initiatives across the world with university or academic groups, medical centers and associations. Furthermore, as part of a partnership with the Center for Health Research of Sciences po (school of political sciences in paris), Ipsen is closely involved in diversifying educational programs, developing continuing education and encouraging research in life sciences.