Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

We have a long-term commitment to support the UN in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a leading medicines company, ensuring good health and well-being (goal 3) is at the core of our business and is aligned with our purpose of reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. Through our business operations and ongoing activities, we make essential contributions to goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), goal 9 (innovation and infrastructure), and goal 13 (climate action). We harness the power of partnerships (goal 17) to discover and develop breakthrough treatments and deliver them to as many people as possible. We contribute to goal 5 (gender equality), and our environmental sustainability targets align with goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), goal 7 (affordable and clean energy), and goal 12 (responsible consumption).

As a founding signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), we are committed to sharing our progress in implementing the 10 principles of the compact. We published a Communication on Progress in the first quarter of 2020 and will do so again in 2021.

A mapping of our activities against the SDGs and the UNGC principles can be found in the GRI Content Index of this report.