Tsetis Group of Pharmaceutical Companies: at the crossroads of history, Ethical Entrepreneurship & social responsibility!
The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, in a similar vein as the concepts of Excellence and Innovation, is inextricably linked with the direction and philosophy of Tsetis Group of Pharmaceutical Companies (OFET) for more than half a century.
Actions that serve and respect vulnerable population groups, science and the younger generation, as well as the Environment and sustainable development, are the primary objectives of OFET’s Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Naturally, in any cases of emergencies, the Group, through its industries Uni-pharma and InterMed, its trade company Pharmabelle in Cyprus, and its newly-established industrial company UniHerbo, specializing in the extraction of medicinal plants, is more present than ever before. An emergency situation of this magnitude, such as the SARS COVID-19 pandemic, which afflicted not only Greece, but the entire planet in early 2020 – and which is still not over – provided Tsetis Group with yet another incentive to offer relief. During the most severe health crisis, the administration of OFET, lead by its chairwoman and CEO Mrs. Ioulia Tseti, responded immediately and with a high sense of social and historical responsibility.
The grand donation of Unikinon in Greece and Cyprus
Uni-pharma S.A., the flagship company of OFET, donated millions of doses of Unikinon (which contains chloroquine as its active substance) in hospitals of Greece and Cyprus.
According to scientists, chloroquine is regarded as capable of successfully treating COVID-19 and is already included in the treatment protocols of many hospital patients.
The entire process of purchasing raw materials, manufacturing the drug and implementing the donation took place though an initiative by Mrs. Ioulia Tseti, chairwoman and CEO of Tsetis Group of Pharmaceutical Companies – OFET, who, on March 21, 2020, imported 5 tons of the active substance chloroquine from India. After a few days, the borders were shut down for all industries and it was impossible for anyone to acquire this valuable active substance.
Uni-pharma’s donation, more specifically, concerned the distribution of 24 million FREE doses of Unikinon to the national health system of Greece and 60,000 doses of the drug to the Republic of Cyprus. Unikinon is available at the country’s reference hospitals since April 3, 2020.
In addition, throughout this entire period, Uni-pharma S.A. is implementing HOPE, which is an open clinical trial on chloroquine, in collaboration with research centers and reference hospitals, in order to further underline the clinical data of this active substance.
An important donation of disinfectants by InterMed
On another note, OFET, through InterMed, proceeded to make another donation to the national health system of Greece.
On April 27, one month after the grand donation, the administration of the Group announced that it has delivered more than 14,000 liters of FREE disinfectants to the Greek Ministry of Health (preceded by the distribution of free alcohol disinfectants to the Greek Ministry of Development); these disinfectants comply with WHO specifications and they are to be used solely in hospitals.
These disinfectants were manufactured in the industrial facilities of the pharmaceutical company InterMed, which assigned its human staff and material resources in order to make this plan a reality.
InterMed has a long experience and expert technical knowledge on disinfectants through its Reval products.
Moreover, on Tuesday, November 10, we delivered 180 items of Reval 500 ml sanitizers and 150 Reval 150 ml BOV surface disinfectants (sprays) to the offices of NPHO (the National Public Health Organization of Greece, EODY in Greek), which will aid the significant public health work of NPHO’s Mobile Health Units.
This is the 4th donation made by our Group, after a decision by its administration, over the course of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic.
OFET’s philosophy of TELEIA & major actions
At any rate, the donation of Unikinon and disinfectants are not unique examples of the Group’s social responsibility. For years now, OFET is running people-oriented activities, which are included in the wider Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy of the Group, founded on the principles of Environmental Protection, assistance to vulnerable social groups and support of the younger generation and science.
These activities include the voluntary blood donations organized by the Mission of Life, with visits to marginal areas of Greece, provision of information and diagnostic tests in collaboration with the Hellenic Endocrinology Society and local Dental and Pharmaceutical Associations, the collaboration with the MAGIC DIABETES BUS and the information drive on diabetes – the contemporary scourge of the western world – the Science on the Go – Mobile Science Workshop program, the Great Environmental Programs titled U & I GREEN and Save the Sea, the collaboration with Axion Hellas and ALMA ZOIS (the Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer) for providing support to the brave women suffering from breast cancer, and the scholarships of the Kleon Tsetis Foundation to young scientists and students are all top corporate social responsibility actions of the Group.
The byword TELEIA is an acronym that encapsulates the philosophy of the Group and its corporate VALUES. It stands for: Teamwork, Ethos, Learning, Excellence, Innovation and Accountability.
Uni-pharma & InterMed as members of UN Global Compact
Since January 2016, Uni-pharma and InterMed are also proud members of the Global Compact Network Hellas, which is the local network of UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is a worldwide initiative of businesses from all over the world, which are called to align their operations and strategies with 10 globally accepted Principles in the fields of human rights, working conditions, environmental protection and anti-corruption policies, and to further promote the practices of responsible entrepreneurship and mobilize businesses to contribute for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change.