Adopting a circular mindset

Every year, we use large amounts of energy, water and raw materials in the production and distribution of our medicines and injection pens. Globally, 29 million people rely on our medicine, putting us on the frontline of some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges - global warming, plastic waste and water scarcity. We want our actions to contribute towards a sustainable, healthy environment for the long term.

Our ambition is bold and simple: to have zero environmental impact. To get there we are adopting a circular mindset – designing products that can be recycled or re-used, reshaping our business practice to minimise consumption and eliminate waste, and working with suppliers who share our ambition.

Our strategy to reach our ambition is called, Circular for Zero. We know that many people are working to make the circular economy a reality and we want to be part of that change.


Starting the journey towards zero environmental impact

Achieving zero environmental impact will have its challenges, and many questions still need to be answered, but we have already set out on the journey. Today, all of the electricity that we use in our production comes from renewable sources including wind, solar and hydropower.

But we are asking ourselves, "how can we do more?", particularly with the disposal of our products. We believe the answers will come as we transition our business from a linear mind-set of ‘take-make-dispose’ to a circular mind-set that keeps our products and materials in use. 

We are starting our journey by exploring three questions:


Our roadmap for zero environmental impact 


Switching to renewable electricity

We are making the transition to renewable electricity throughout our global production. In 2020, we will make the switch to solar power at our US production sites, achieving our goal of using 100% renewable electricity across our global production.

The next steps are to make the renewable transition in our office buildings and laboratories, and eliminate CO2 emissions from company cars, business travel and the distribution of our products.  

By 2030, we are aiming for zero CO2 emissions from our global operations and transport.



Designing eco-friendly products

If we want our products to be reused and recycled, we need to start with decisions that affect how and where they end up.

From the raw materials that go into them to the way they are put together, we are re-designing both our existing and future products to reduce the number that end up as waste.



Sharing our zero-impact mindset with our suppliers

Our environmental impact goes beyond our own operations. In fact, our own operations and distribution of products make up less than 10% of our total CO2 emissions.

It is clear we need to work with our suppliers to achieve zero impact. 

Today, we are looking for suppliers that have the infrastructure and capabilities to properly dispose of waste and have made investments to eliminate CO2  and other harmful emissions.



Our environmental performance & other actions


How we perform on our environmental targets

We have bold ambitions and we want to share how we're doing.

Annually, we account for environmental performance on three dimensions in our pursuit of zero impact: use of resources, CO2 emissions, and handling of waste 

See our latest environmental performance


The link between climate change and type 2 diabetes 

Cities play a pivotal role in the fight against both climate change and type 2 diabetes.

We are working with C40, a network of global megacities, to ensure that actions benefit both the environment and the health of urban citizens.

Learn more about health & well-being in cities


Our commitments driving environmental responsibility


The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.



A global platform bringing together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy



A not-for-profit charity that runs the global carbon disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts



A global corporate leadership initiative committed to 100% renewable electricity