Environmental Goals

Environmental Goals

In 2017, we announced a new set of environmental sustainability goals to help position our company to succeed in an increasingly resource-constrained world.



Our environmental sustainability goals 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 the environmental sustainability goals we announced in 2017 and remain on track to achieve them. Our Design-for-Environment goals are being incorporated into our product development processes. We are reducing our water use and examining water risk more closely. We continue to find ways to decrease energy demand, and are pleased to announce a significant renewable energy purchase contract that will put us on the path to achieving our greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy targets. Our procurement team has begun 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.

Green & Sustainable Science

GOAL: By 2020, at least 90% of our new human health active pharmaceutical ingredient processes will meet internal sustainability targets at launch.

2017 PROGRESS: On track


GOAL: 100% of the packaging for our new human health products will be reviewed for environmental impact and improvement.

2017 PROGRESS: 100% of products launched in 2017


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 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.

Water Use & Risk

GOAL: By 2020, we will develop water conservation plans for sites in “high water risk” locations.

2017 PROGRESS: On track

GOAL: By 2025, we will maintain global water use at or below 2015 levels.

2017 PROGRESS: 4.4 million cubic meters below 2015 levels (18% reduction)


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.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

GOAL: By 2025, we will reduce global Scope 1 and market-based Scope 2 GHG emissions by at least 40% from 2015 levels.

2017 PROGRESS: 13% reduction

Renewable Energy

GOAL: By 2025, at least 50% of our purchased electricity will come from renewable sources.1

GOAL: By 2040, 100% of our purchased electricity will come from renewable sources.1

2017 PROGRESS: 4.9%


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


GOAL: By 2025, 20% or less of our global operational waste will be sent to landfills and incinerators.

2017 PROGRESS: 29%

GOAL: By 2025, at least 50% of sites will send zero waste to landfill.

2017 PROGRESS: 42%

Supply Chain

Our analysis shows that a large portion of our water use and GHGs is 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.


GOAL: By 2018, we will collect GHG emissions and water use data from at least 90% of our strategic suppliers with the highest environmental impact.

2017 PROGRESS: On track

GOAL: By 2020, we will engage with those suppliers and request them to identify GHG emission and water use reduction opportunities.

2017 PROGRESS: On track

GOAL: By 2025, at least 90% of our strategic suppliers with the highest environmental impact will set their own GHG emission and water use reduction targets.

2017 PROGRESS: On track


We believe that a strong environmental sustainability strategy is critical to meeting the needs of our customers and the expectations of our external stakeholders.

We’ve learned that our customers are concerned about the health impacts of environmental degradation and are working to reduce their environmental impact, 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. We also believe that 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.

1. We have defined “purchased electricity” as electricity sourced from external suppliers, as well as renewable electricity that was generated and utilized on-site where we retained the renewable attributes or where we have obtained renewable attributes through contract.