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Materials and waste

We are committed to reducing our operational waste and reducing the environmental impact of our products and packaging. Here, we detail our materials and waste targets and how we aim to achieve them.

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Our materials and waste targets

  • Zero operational waste, including eliminating single use plastics[1] by 2030

  • 25% environmental impact reduction for our products and packaging by 2030

  • 10% waste reduction from supply chain by 2030

 

Notes:
[1] Where safety, quality and regulations permit

How we plan to achieve our targets

Operational waste and single-use plastics

We will achieve zero operational waste through a 20% reduction in the amount of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste we generate, and diverting the material we do generate into circular cycles - for example reuse, recycling and composting.

We also plan to eliminate single-use plastics in our operations by 2030 (excluding those plastics which are critical to product discovery and development, health and safety, and where regulatory obligations allow).


Products and product packaging

We have committed to a 25% environmental impact reduction for product and packaging by 2030. We will achieve this through integrating environmental aspects into the product design process for all new products and selected established products - with the aim of improving the environmental performance of the product throughout its whole life cycle. This includes using recycled card in packaging, e-leaflets for vaccines and more efficient manufacturing methods.


Supply chain

We are working with suppliers to better understand and map our waste in the supply chain. We can then baseline our supply chain waste impact and work with suppliers to develop action plans to help us achieve our target by 2030.


Collaboration

GSK is a member of the Ellen McArthur Foundation to help develop our approach to circularity and to work with other members on collaborative projects for mutual benefit.

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