Overview

Our Approach

We are working to address global health challenges, protect the environment, support our communities and develop our employees while operating with ethics and integrity.

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SEEKING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE BOTH HEALTH AND SOCIETY

While we celebrate 125 years of proud heritage, we look forward to continuing our legacy, engaging with partners and patients as a trusted leader to improve access to health care and grow our impact on society—across our businesses and around the world.

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DETERMINING OUR MATERIAL ISSUES IN CONSULTATION WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS

We recently completed a materiality assessment to identify and prioritize the corporate responsibility issues that are most important to our business and our external stakeholders. The resulting matrix displays the issues that have significant relevance for our company and to our stakeholders.

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ALIGNING OUR WORK WITH ESTABLISHED REPORTING FRAMEWORKS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE

Since publishing our first corporate responsibility report in 2005, we have been committed to using best-in-class frameworks to guide our reporting. These include the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Access to Medicine Index, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Our Approach At-A-Glance

Our Approach and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The interactive graphic below indicates which SDGs we are addressing with regard to our overall corporate responsibility efforts. Hovering over the icons will give you a description of the goal, with links to more information.

For a list of all of the global goals which our company is working toward, and a directory of pages with our related initiatives and performance data, please visit our Sustainable Development Goals page.

We recognize that we can’t solve major health, environmental and economic challenges alone We look to collaborate on solutions with other companies, government agencies, policy makers, NGOs, opinion leaders, patient groups, academic institutions and others whenever possible.

Our Office of Corporate Responsibility coordinates our efforts to be transparent about how we operate, in order to earn and retain the trust and confidence of our customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders.

For our comprehensive approach to corporate responsibility, we have received numerous awards from leading publications and organizations, and have been included in a wide variety of sustainability indexes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR APPROACH TO CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY