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Sustainability at AstraZeneca

We have an ambition at AstraZeneca to become a pioneering leader in sustainable health – and that goes much further than industry capabilities and environmental awareness. Now is the time to act and do more for our people, our patients, our business and the planet.

Sustainability and us

At AstraZeneca, our approach to sustainability runs deep. With a clear focus on our ambitions and commitments, we have a fully-rounded view of sustainability and how to build sustainable thinking into the way we work. As an organisation passionate about leading with health, we want to make a meaningful impact. If improving health, the environment and ethics are important in your life, then this is the place for you. Welcome to our sustainable future. 

To explore more of our sustainable solutions and the results they have for our patients, people and business, see our sustainability report.

Access to healthcare

Providing access to healthcare is at the core of our business, working from prevention to pipeline to treatment. We tackle challenges in partnership with stakeholders, developing a global portfolio of successful access programmes. So far, we have helped more than 12 million people through Healthy Heart Africa, Phakamisa and Healthy Lung. We’ve reached more than 3 million young people through our Young Health Programme. And we’ve trained in excess of 35,000 healthcare professionals. We’ve done all this and more, to support better health and strengthen healthcare systems across the globe.

To broaden access to healthcare, we focus on five areas – disease prevention and treatment, responsible R&D, investments in health systems, environment’s impact on health, and affordability. We are committed to continuous innovation and a long-term perspective, creating innovative medicines designed for unmet medical needs, aiming to increase the number of people we reach. Collaborating with universities to advance scientific understanding enables us to develop our capabilities. Investing in training and technology to give us a better chance of tackling disease. And making our medicines affordable for more patients who need them. This is our approach.

Environmental protection

We recognise the strong connection between a healthy planet and healthy people. We understand that as climate change intensifies, so does the impact on health. Here, we seek opportunities to promote environmental stewardship and mitigate climate impacts by preserving natural resources and ensuring the environmental safety of our products. What does this mean for you? As a colleague at AstraZeneca, you can make a difference with us, to put people first and to work responsibly to achieve our goal: to bring our life-changing innovative medicines to the world.

We have five areas that we concentrate on when it comes to environmental sustainability: product environmental stewardship, greenhouse gas reduction, pharmaceuticals in the environment, water stewardship, and waste management. In 2018, we achieved a number of milestones across all of these areas, and our work will continue.

Ethics and transparency

A sustainable future is not only about what we do, but also about how we do it. This means demonstrating the ethical behaviours of a dedication to workforce wellbeing, a sense of belonging and a high expectation of ethical business practices. As a part of our ethics and transparency focus, we look at the following areas: ethical business culture, bioethics, inclusion and diversity, talent and workforce evolution, workforce wellbeing and safety, responsible supply chain, and human rights.

By addressing our role as an enterprise and ensuring that we act responsibly, we’re able to bring better ways of working to the surface. As a part of this, we have dedicated networks, where people can communicate with each other and determine their own objectives within our company. So far, 76% of employees feel that AstraZeneca has a ‘Speak Up’ culture. Our commitment to empowering women in senior roles and supporting our LGBT+ community makes us a place of belonging, with nearly 85% of colleagues expressing that they believe that AstraZeneca is a great place to work. That’s how we progress at AstraZeneca every day.

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