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Environmental Sustainability Overview

A healthy planet is essential to human health and the sustainability of our business.



Our company has a long history of environmental stewardship and compliance, but we realize that our strategy and efforts need to continuously improve in order for us to excel in an increasingly resource-constrained world.

The world’s resources are limited, and over the next few decades the demand for energy, clean water and other natural resources is likely to increase substantially due to population growth and economic development. Additionally, climate change is projected to significantly impact global human health and could present long-term risks to our business.

We believe that companies have a responsibility to use resources wisely and to drive innovations that will enable global development while protecting and preserving both the planet and the communities in which we live and work.

Our environmental sustainability strategy has three areas of focus: driving efficiency in our operations, designing new products to minimize environmental impact and reducing impacts in our upstream and downstream value chain.

Drive Efficient Operations

  • Implementing energy-conservation and water-use-reduction initiatives
  • Finding ways to more efficiently use raw materials
  • Handling wastes in a compliant and responsible manner

Design for Environment

  • Innovating to reduce the environmental impacts of new products, packaging, buildings and equipment
  • Purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Reduce Value Chain Impacts

  • Understanding the life-cycle impacts of products
  • Assessing the environmental impacts and risks in the value chain and striving to minimize them
  • Collaborating with suppliers and customers to address shared needs and interests in environmentally beneficial ways

Environmental goals

We have adopted a set of environmental sustainability goals to help position our company to succeed in an increasingly resource-constrained world.

These were developed to address the rising expectations of our customers, investors, external stakeholders and employees regarding the environmental impact of our operations, supply chain, products and packaging.

We have made progress toward our environmental sustainability goals and remain on track to achieve them. Our Design for the Environment goals are being incorporated into our product and packaging development processes. We are reducing our water use and examining water risk more closely. We continue to find ways to decrease energy demand and have increased the amount of renewable energy we purchase. Our procurement team has started to engage our strategic suppliers in our efforts to reduce the environmental footprint outside of our own operations.

Design for the environment

The environmental footprint of our products can be improved by how we decide to make them. So, we use green and sustainable design principles and other environmental design criteria in the development of our manufacturing processes and packaging right from the start.

Learn more about our Product Stewardship efforts.

Green and Sustainable Science
By 2020, at least 90% of our new human health active pharmaceutical ingredient processes will meet internal sustainability targets at launch.
On track to establish and meet targets that will drive improvements in the material efficiency of our new products
On Track
Materials & Packaging
100% of the packaging for our new human health products will be reviewed for environmental impact and improvement.
100% of products launched in 2018


Water is essential to the well-being of our patients and the planet, and is a critical input for our manufacturing processes. As demand for water increases with global population growth, we are committed to utilizing this vital resource responsibly. We look for ways to continuously improve our use of this natural resource by promoting the reuse and recycling of water at our facilities around the globe.

Learn more about our efforts to reduce our water use.

By 2020, we will develop water conservation plans for sites in “high water risk” locations.On track
On Track
By 2025, we will maintain global water use at or below 2015 levels.3.5 million m3 below 2015 levels (15% reduction)
On Track


Although the biopharmaceutical industry sector is not a leading emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), we believe it is in the best interest of our company and our patients to reduce GHG emissions and other associated air pollutants by driving energy efficiency improvements and purchasing more electricity from renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar.

Learn more about our efforts around climate change and energy use.

GHG Emissions
By 2025, we will reduce global Scope 1 and market-based Scope 2 GHG emissions by at least 40% from 2015 levels.
19.6% reduction
On Track
Renewable Energy
By 2025, at least 50% of our purchased electricity will come from renewable sources. By 2040, 100% of our purchased electricity will come from renewable sources.1
14.1% of our purchased electricity comes from renewables
On Track
1We have defined “purchased electricity” as electricity sourced from external suppliers, as well as renewable electricity that was generated and utilized onsite where we retained the renewable attributes or where we have obtained renewable attributes through contract.


Reducing waste not only decreases our environmental footprint; it also reduces costs through improved resource efficiency and decreased waste disposal needs.

Learn more about our efforts to reduce waste.

By 2025, no more than 20% of our global operational waste will be sent to landfills and incinerators.33% to landfills and incinerators
On Track
By 2025, at least 50% of sites will send zero waste to landfill.38% of sites
On Track

Supply chain

Our analysis shows that a large portion of our water use and GHG emissions are generated upstream of our own operations in various tiers of our supply chain. We realize that in order to make a truly meaningful reduction in our overall environmental impact, we must engage with our suppliers to drive positive change.

Learn more about our efforts to engage with our suppliers.

By 2018, we will collect GHG emissions and water use data from at least 90% of our strategic suppliers with the highest environmental impact.GHG and water data collected from 93% of high-impact strategic suppliers
By 2020, we will engage with those suppliers and request them to identify GHG emission and water use reduction opportunities.On track
On Track
By 2025, at least 90% of our strategic suppliers with the highest environmental impacts will set their own GHG emission and water use reduction targets.On track
On Track

A strong environmental sustainability strategy is critical to meeting the needs of our customers and the expectations of our external stakeholders. Our customers are concerned about the health impacts of environmental degradation and are working to reduce their environmental impacts, both in their operations and in their supply chains.

We also know that the financial investment community views sustainability performance as an indicator of long-term business value, and that current and potential employees are seeking to work in a company whose values reflect their own concerns for social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Our environmental goals support our business strategy by helping us to operate more efficiently, reduce risk and drive down costs. By focusing on environmental sustainability, we can foster employee engagement and drive innovation by challenging our scientists and engineers to design new products and packaging that lower our environmental impact, while delivering lifesaving medicines to our patients.