Our planet

To ensure we can continue to deliver high quality products to patients and consumers in the future, we must protect the natural resources we need to make them today.

To ensure we can continue to deliver high quality products to patients and consumers in the future, we must protect the natural resources we need to make them today. 

Major global environmental challenges like climate change and deforestation are exacerbating health issues and undermining efforts to overcome inequalities around the world. The consequences for current and future generations are likely to be severe and the poorest are particularly vulnerable. The new UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development draw clear links between health and the environment.  A changing environment can lead to higher levels of air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement and forced migration, and socio-economic stresses that all contribute to health issues.

As a global healthcare company, we can contribute to tackling both the effects of environmental change – as part of our work to deliver health for all – and the causes. We are targeting a carbon neutral value chain by 2050 with ambitious goals to reduce carbon, water and waste in the meantime. GSK is also making a contribution to environmental challenges by sharing knowledge and resources through our participation in the UN Caring for Climate Initiative and the UN CEO Water Mandate, a business-led movement to advance water stewardship and sanitation.

We are committed to managing and reducing the environmental impacts of our products. We have set ambitious goals to reduce carbon, water and waste across our value chain – from the sourcing of raw materials and the impacts of our own labs and factories, to the use and disposal of our products by patients and consumers.  We are targeting a carbon neutral value chain by 2050 with ambitious goals to reduce carbon, water and waste.

Our commitments

We have ambitious goals for carbon, water and waste. 

Aiming to be carbon neutral

Reduce our overall carbon footprint by 25% by 2020 (vs. 2010) and have a carbon neutral value chain by 2050.

Progress: Work to do

Our value chain carbon footprint has grown by 2%, largely due to continued growth in sales of our propellant-based inhalers. Direct carbon emissions declined in 2015, bringing the total reduction to 21% over five years. Scored 100% for our environment disclosure in the CDP.

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Reducing our water impact

By 2020, reduce our water impact across the value chain by 20% (vs. 2010).

Progress: Progressing well

Hit our 2015 water target a year early, reducing our usage by 25% since 2010 – saving over 15 million m3, more water than we use in a whole year. Partnered with The Energy and Resource Institute to develop water saving initiatives in rural Indian communities.

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Reducing our waste

By 2020, reduce our operational waste by 50% (vs. 2010).

Progress: On track

Produced 15% less waste in 2015 compared to the previous year. Over 60% of our manufacturing and R&D sites have achieved zero waste to landfill.

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