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Novartis and the United Nations Global Compact Initiative


  • Lee A. Tavis



The spirit of the Global Compact found fertile ground and has become an integral part of Novartis corporate strategy since the enterprise was formed by the merger of the two large Swiss pharmaceutical companies, Sandoz and Ciba, in 1996. Following a four-year concentration on economic consolidation and performance, Daniel Vasella (Chairman and CEO) signed the Global Compact. Together, productivity-based economic performance and a proactive approach to the expectations of society are envisioned as the key to long-term corporate success in the rapidly integrating global economic, political, and social environment of today???s large multinational corporation. This paper outlines the Novartis strategy and its implementation including the coalescing role of the Global Compact in the drive for sustainable corporate development. Following a review of extending corporate strategy to incorporate social concerns into the economic business model, the process of implementing the strategy will be assessed. In part three, specific examples of this strategic positioning will be outlined.

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  • Lee A. Tavis, 2002. "Novartis and the United Nations Global Compact Initiative," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 526, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2002-526

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    Novartis; Pharmaceutical Industry; UN Global Compact; Gleevec; Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases;

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