Environmental Goals

Environmental Goals

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

We met our previous set of environmental sustainability goals at the end of 2015, five years ahead of schedule. Throughout 2016, we worked to develop a new set of goals by assessing the external influences that could potentially impact our company and in turn, our patients, over the near and long term.

Design for the Environment

The environmental footprint of our products can be favorably impacted 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, ≥90 percent of our new human health active pharmaceutical ingredient processes will meet internal sustainability targets at launch.

2016 progress: On track


GOAL: Starting in 2017, 100 percent of our new human health products will have packaging reviewed for environmental impact and improvement.

2016 progress: On track


Water is essential to the well-being of our patients and the planet and is a critical input for our manufacturing processes. As competition 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 2025, we will maintain global water use at or below 2015 levels.

2016 progress: 0.8 billion gallons below 2015 levels

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

2016 progress: 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.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

GOAL: By 2025, we will reduce global Scope 1 and market-based Scope 2 GHG emissions ≥40 percent from 2015 levels.

2016 progress: 6 percent reduction

Renewable Energy

GOAL: By 2025, ≥50 percent of our purchased electricity will come from renewable sources.1

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

2016 progress: 1 percent


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 percent of our global operational waste will be sent to landfills and incinerators.

2016 progress: 30 percent

GOAL: By 2025, ≥50 percent of sites will send zero waste to landfill.

2016 progress: 38 percent

Supply Chain

Our analysis shows that a large portion of our water use and greenhouse gas 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.


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

2016 progress: On track

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

2016 progress: On track

GOAL: By 2025, ≥90 percent of our strategic suppliers with the highest environmental impacts will set their own GHG emission and water use reduction targets.

2016 progress: On track


We’ve learned that our customers are concerned about the health impacts of environmental degradation and are working to reduce their environmental impacts, both in their operations and their supply chains. We also know that the financial investment community is starting to view 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 new set of goals was 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 believe that a strong environmental sustainability strategy is critical to meeting the needs of our customers and the expectations of our external stakeholders.

Our new environmental goals also support our business strategy by helping us to operate more efficiently, reduce risk and drive down costs. Achieving our goals will help us to reduce our environmental footprint in a world where there is increased demand for energy, clean water and natural resources. 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 life-saving 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.