Corporate Responsibility

Conduct and ethics

Silence strives to conduct its business in an ethical, responsible and transparent manner. We set high standards of conduct and behaviour and expect all our employees, officers and directors to adhere to those standards. Partners, employees, customers and suppliers can all expect the highest standards of professional conduct when dealing with our Company. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting and reviewing the Company’s values and standards.

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Health and safety

Silence recognises and accepts its responsibility as an employer to maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety and health of its employees and of other persons who may be affected by its activities. Appropriate health and safety policies and procedures are in place which employees and any other appropriate persons should be aware of and follow at all times.

Equal opportunities

Silence is an equal opportunity employer. All staff and qualified candidates can expect to be treated equally and receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, colour, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

1. Partners & Collaborators

 

Silence aims to be a good business partner by:

  • Delivering high quality, innovative scientific research to ultimately address unmet medical needs
  • Working collaboratively with academic institutions
  • Working collaboratively with commercial partners
  • Developing and maintaining excellent relations with our partners, dealing with them directly and responsively, and providing the highest levels of engagement

2. Employees

 

Silence aims to be a good employer. Our objectives for achieving this are to:

  • Operate clear and fair terms of employment and remuneration policies
  • Avoid discrimination in our recruitment, staff training, development and promotion policies
  • Nurture the enthusiasm and commitment of staff, encouraging all employees to have a say in how we operate
  • Enhance the performance of management and staff through ongoing training and knowledge development

3. Suppliers

 

Silence aims to be a good customer by:

  • Building excellent long-term relationships with our suppliers by being a responsible purchaser of goods and services at market competitive prices
  • Building a high degree of mutual trust, respect and understanding with suppliers
  • Making payments for goods and services received within 30 days of the date of invoice
  • Engaging with our principal suppliers on their own commitment to environmental and social responsibility, seeking wherever appropriate to influence them to adopt our approach

4. Life Sciences Marketplace

 

Silence aims to operate as a good corporate citizen by:

  • Adhering to a strict policy on bribery and corruption
  • Ensuring that all advertising and marketing materials are truthful and not misleading
  • Promoting competitive behaviour that is socially and environmentally beneficial

 

5. Environment

 

Silence aims to reduce its direct adverse environmental impacts, wherever it has managerial control, and to influence others to reduce those that are indirect. As a minimum standard, we will fully comply with all relevant legislation and, wherever possible, look for opportunities to make a positive contribution to the environments in which we operate.

Silence aims to achieve continuous improvement in our environmental performance over time. Our environmental objectives cover the following core activities:

  • Recycling of paper, packaging and consumables
  • Donation of replaced computer hardware to local charities
  • Minimising waste, and ensuring responsible waste control and disposal
  • Ensuring efficient energy utilisation in our facilities

More specifically, we seek to:

  • Communicate with our existing contractors and suppliers on environmental matters, ensuring that they are aware of our level of commitment
  • Communicate with our partners and encourage them to address the environmental impacts of their own business processes

6. Animal Welfare

 

Silence aims to be at the forefront in the application of the latest scientific insights on the use of animals in research, and maintain the highest standards of animal welfare.

With a commitment to discovering and developing safe and effective medicines for the treatment of life-threatening diseases with high unmet medical need, we have both legal and ethical obligations to ensure the safety and efficacy of our investigational new medicines prior to their use in humans.

The use of laboratory animals represents an integral part of any biomedical research and development activities. While we are actively pursuing alternative methodologies to reduce and substitute the use of animals in our research, currently there are clear regulatory requirements to assess safety and efficacy of novel drug candidates in appropriate animal models before moving into clinical development.

Our in vivo studies are currently carried out in Germany, where we ensure full compliance with the German Animal Welfare Act which contains some of the strictest legislation in the world to ensure far-reaching protection for animals in research. Our animal facility, protocols and documentation are subject to regular inspections from external state and local authorities ensuring proper husbandry and care of research animals.