UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)

UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals represent the international community’s plan of action for “people, planet and prosperity.”

 

On September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

The United Nations has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector. We are committed to helping facilitate industry engagement and to identifying ways to work creatively to have an impact on people’s lives while achieving our company’s business objectives.

Our Priorities

While all of the 17 SDGs are essential to foster sustainable development, we have prioritized eight global goals as being the most closely aligned to our mission—in particular SDG 3—Good Health & Well-Being.

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For our eight priority SDGs, we have identified existing metrics that enable us to quantitatively demonstrate our progress in support of the global goals.

The UN has identified subtargets for all of the global goals, against which corporate and governmental progress can be measured. While there are 169 targets in all, we have identified 11 targets for our priority SDGs that most closely align with our business.

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

As a global health care company, we believe we have an important role and responsibility in improving access to medicines and vaccines, and in helping to reduce the burden of disease around the world.

 

UN Target 3.1: Reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

Progress on Target 3.12014 2015 2016
Women with improved access to quality care in priority countries through MSD for Mothers 3,534,889 4,948,803 5,760,968

UN Target 3.7: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes. 

Progress on Target 3.72014 2015 2016
Women potentially reached in FP2020 countries that were supplied with contraceptive products (IMPLANON® or IMPLANON NXT®, EXLUTON® and MARVELON 28®)1 4,574,620 6,142,541 4,407,902 
Note: To learn more about the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative, visit http://www.familyplanning2020.org/.
1. Number represents potential number of women who could be reached based on number of products provided.

UN Target 3.b: Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, and provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines.

Progress on Target 3.b2013 2014 2015 2016
Products that are supported with differential pricing1, 224 35 35 40
Low- and lower-middle-income countries where inter- and/or intra-country pricing has been implemented370 114 121 123
1. Differential pricing intended to facilitate access for the at-need population.
2. Products include HIV treatments, vaccines and other patented products.
3. Countries as defined by World Bank 2013 GNI classification; includes UN-defined least developed countries.

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Our company promotes and values global diversity and inclusion at every level of the organization.

 

UN Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life. 

Progress on Target 5.52012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Women in executive roles131% 31% 31% 34% 31%
Women in the workforce47% 47% 48% 48% 48%
New hires that were female45% 46% 49% 50%  51%
Note: Our company has publicly disclosed EEO-1 information since 1999. Our 2016 data is available here.
1. “Executive” is defined as the chief executive officer and two structural levels below.

SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

Our business, suppliers, communities and customers all need access to clean water, and we are committed to managing the environmental impacts of our products throughout their life cycles—from discovery through manufacturing, use and disposal.

 

UN Target 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity. 

Progress on Target 6.42016
Total water use (billion gallons) 5.5
Water use in extremely-high-risk areas (billion gallons)0.8
Water use in high-risk areas (billion gallons)0.9

SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

We believe the private sector has an increasingly important role to play to ensure that we meet the goal of access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all by 2030. We have made a commitment 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.

UN Target 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Progress on Target 7.22016
Purchased electricity from renewable sources10.04%
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.

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Our company is dedicated to actively promoting opportunities for people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, age, disability, religion, gender identity, gender expression or veteran status.

 

UN Target 8.5: Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value. 

Progress on Target 8.52012 2013 2014 2015 2016
New hires that were members of underrepresented ethnic groups (U.S.)27% 25% 22% 33% 37%
Note: Our company has publicly disclosed EEO-1 information since 1999. Our 2016 data is available here.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Our product stewardship programs focus on identifying, and either preventing or minimizing, potential safety and environmental hazards throughout a product’s life cycle.

 

UN Target 12.4: By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed upon international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment. 

Progress on Target 12.42012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) (MT)580 550 509 474  435
Sulfur oxides (SOx) (MT)65 56 53 47  35
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) (MT)611 533 523 453  441

UN Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Progress on Target 12.52012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Operational waste sent to landfills and incineration29% 24% 22% 28% 30% 
Landfill10% 10% 10% 15%  10%
Incineration 18% 14% 13% 13%  20%
Hazardous waste generated (MT)58,813 50,782 44,120 30,344  35,246
Non-hazardous waste generated (MT)50,658 45,475 39,612 39,511 37,353
Note: Totals may be slightly off due to rounding.

 

Our Environmental Goals: By 2025, ≤20 percent of our global operational waste will be sent to landfills and incinerators, and ≥50 percent of sites will send zero waste to landfill.

SDG 13: Climate Action

We support science-based, international and national actions to address the challenges presented by climate change, including economic incentives for researching, developing and deploying low-carbon and renewable-energy technologies.

 

UN Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. 

Progress on Target 13.12012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Scopes 1 and 2 GHG emissions (MT CO2e) 1,856,000 1,760,000 1,630,700 1,501,000 847,400
Scope 3 GHG emissions (MT CO2e)N/A N/A 5,760,000 5,510,700 7,975,100
Note: Tracking of all of our Scope 3 emissions began in 2014. In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, prior-year data have been adjusted to add or remove facilities that have been acquired or sold. Adjustments also reflect changes in methodology to ensure consistency from year to year. Scopes 1 and 2 emissions are calculated using the market-based approach.

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

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Given the immensity of the challenge of discovering smart, sustainable ways to expand access to health care, especially in areas with limited infrastructure and resources, it is only by working with others that we can we make the strongest contribution.

 

UN Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. 

Progress on Target 17.172012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Health care workers trained through our major programs and partnerships138,000 22,000 137,000 18,669 32,218
Investment in partnerships for activities that address underlying barriers to health, such as health-system strengthening and capacity-building (in millions)1$24 $24 $32 $31 $28
People reached through our major programs and partnerships (in millions)269 302 267 188 293
1. Includes investments by the Office of Corporate Responsibility, MSD for Mothers and our company’s Foundation.
Progress on Target 17.172012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total recorded volunteer hours1221,050 NA 186,400 80,585  214,862
1. 2015 figures are based on employee self-recorded volunteer hours through MSD Gives Back in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and volunteer hours communicated directly to the Office of Corporate Responsibility for all other countries. 2015 marks the first year in which volunteer hour reporting is based solely on employee self-report. Prior years included estimates for unrecorded volunteer hours.

“We are honored to play a role in the global efforts to achieve the SDGs. Through our ongoing commitments to address important health challenges, we are mobilizing the best of our company to help save and improve lives around the world.”

Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO

SDG Index

While we have prioritized eight of the SDGs, our company is working toward all of the 17 global goals in some capacity. See below for links to information on our activities for each of the SDGs.

SDG 1: No Poverty
Community Investment
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Supporting a Sustainable Food Supply
SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being
Access to Reproductive Health
Air Emissions
Community Investment
Health
Infectious Diseases
Materials & Waste
MSD for Mothers
Pricing & Commercialization
Product Stewardship
Research & Development
Vaccines
Water
Women's Health
SDG 4: Quality Education
Protecting Animal Health
Community
SDG 5: Gender Equality
Access to Reproductive Health
Global Diversity & Inclusion
Human Rights
SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Water
SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
Climate & Energy Use
Environmental Goals
SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
Global Diversity & Inclusion
Human Rights
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Procurement & Supplier Relations
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Research & Development
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
Global Diversity & Inclusion
Human Rights
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
SDG 11: Cities & Communities
Community
Medical Outreach Program
Product Donations
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
Materials & Waste
Air Emissions
Environmental Goals
Packaging
Procurement & Supplier Relations
Product Stewardship
SDG 13: Climate Action
CDP Climate Change
Climate Change & Energy Use
Public Policy Position Statement: Climate Change
SDG 14: Life Below Water
Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Supporting a Sustainable Food Supply
SDG 15: Life on Land
Environmental Goals
Materials & Waste
Packaging
Water
SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Corporate Responsibility Governance
Human Rights
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Community Investment
Foundation
Health
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Priorities & Performance
Product Donations

To learn more about all 17 SDGs, please visit the United Nations’ website.