Sustainable business

Our business is built on the conviction that the formula for lasting success is to stay focused, think long-term and do business in a financially, socially and environmentally responsible way.

Our key contribution is to discover and develop innovative medicines and make them accessible to patients throughout the world. But we know that to support better diabetes health for generations to come, we must also invest in efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity, educating healthcare professionals, offering patient support programmes, and ensuring that we have no negative impact on people, communities and the environment.

Making our medicines available and affordable

Tens of millions of people living with diabetes cannot get access to the life-saving insulin and the medical care they need.

We are committed to doing our part to ensure that no one should go without access to medicine and treatment.

See our commitment to access & affordability

Zero environmental impact

We are transitioning from a linear economy of 'take-make-dispose' to a circular economy based on three principles: Design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

See our new environmental strategy

Halt the rise of type 2 diabetes

The huge rise in type 2 diabetes around the world is catastrophic. One in nine adults are projected to have the disease by 2045. This would devastate people’s lives and risks crippling health systems.

Uncontrolled, this rise is not sustainable for anyone – people, health systems, businesses or economies. Bending the curve on diabetes is therefore crucial to all of us. 

See how we are working to prevent type 2 diabetes

Performance on our Triple Bottom Line


Integrated reporting

Our annual performance on our financial, social and environmental performance in one integrated report.

Learn about our approach and get an overview of our annual reports



Communication on progress

Communication on Progress

We remain committed to the principles of responsible business conduct promoted by the United Nations Global Compact.

Read our Communication on Progress



Accounting for our actions

We hold ourselves accountable to stakeholders and provide insights into how we operate and work. 

Read more about our transparency disclosures here


17 goals to transform the world

The Sustainable Development Goals define what is required to achieve a world in which all people can thrive within the boundaries of the Earth.

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Click through to find the answers to some of our more frequently asked questions on sustainability and responsible business practices.

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