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Responsible business is how we do business

Being commercially successful and operating responsibly is how we will generate sustainable returns for our shareholders and deliver on our purpose, to improve the quality of human life by helping people do more, feel better and live longer.

Trust is essential to how we deliver on our purpose. We have 13 commitments across three focus areas that support our Trust priority.

Our purpose is to help people do more, feel better, live longer

By using our

science and technology to address health needs

By making our products

affordable and available

By being a

modern employer

Being a responsible business

How we report our performance

A summary of progress against our commitments can be found in our Annual Report (PDF-5.43MB) and further detail can be found in our ESG Performance Report 2021 (PDF-911KB).

Sustainable development

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a vision for ending poverty, hunger, inequality and protecting the Earth’s natural resources by 2030. Realising this ambition will require private sector, governments and civil society to play their part and work together in new and innovative ways.

As a science-led global healthcare company Goal 3, Good Health & Wellbeing, is where we can make the most important contribution. The scale and nature of our business mean that we also contribute to a number of the UN’s goals through our everyday operations. For examples of how we contribute to the SDGs please download our SDG factsheet.

Our governance structure

board of committees
Our Board Committees

Our Board-level Corporate Responsibility Committee (CRC) oversees our responsible business activities. It meets four times a year to provide high-level guidance and reviews performance against our commitments. Non-Executive Director, Lynn Elsenhans, is Chair of the CRC and both the Chairman and CEO are attendees.

Management of key non-financial risks is governed by our Audit and Risk Committee. The Audit and Assurance team supports this committee by providing an independent view to the Board and senior management of how risk is being managed across the business consistent with an agreed Assurance Plan.

Your feedback counts

We welcome your feedback on our responsible business performance and reporting. You can also request to receive regular updates on our progress.