To use our capabilities to make the most meaningful impact where society needs it – health.


For AstraZeneca, sustainability means operating in a way that recognizes the interconnection between business growth, the needs of society and the limitations of our planet. We are committed to the health of our patients, employees, environment and the communities we reach through our medicines, our investments and our partnerships. Our commitment is underpinned by a healthy business culture, centered on integrity, respect and transparency.

We have built our sustainability strategy around three pillars that put health at the heart of our work: access to healthcare, environmental protection and ethics and transparency.

Our three sustainability priorities

Until 2025, we aim to address the global burden of NCDs through a holistic approach – from prevention to pipeline to treatment.

We promote disease prevention in our communities and support our patients.

Our material issues: Disease prevention and treatment, Responsible R&D, Investments in health systems, Environment’s impact on health and Affordability.

Our United SDG impact

Until 2025, we aim to manage our environmental impact across all our activities and our products.

We manage our environmental impacts, which helps to prevent the onset of certain diseases and improve health outcomes.

Our material issues: Product environmental stewardship, Greenhouse gas reduction, Pharmaceuticals in the environment, Water stewardship and Waste management.

Our United SDG impact

Until 2025, we aim to create positive societal impact and promote ethical behavior in all markets across our value chain.

We create environments across our worldwide operations, including our supply chain, that promote health and wellbeing.

Our material issues: Ethical business culture, Inclusion and diversity, Talent and workforce evolution, Workforce wellbeing and safety, Responsible supply chain and Human rights.

Our United SDG impact

2020 Highlights

Access to healthcare


healthcare workers trained

25+ million

people reached through our portfolio of access programs


people reached through our patient assistance programmes

Environmental protection


reduction in our scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions since 2015

CDP recognition

ranked on the CDP A list for Climate Change and Water Security for the fifth consecutive year


reduction in our water use since 2015

Ethics and transparency


of senior middle management roles and above are held by women


of employees feel that AstraZeneca is a great place to work


countries launched new supplier diversity programmes

Read more about Sustainability at AstraZeneca in our Sustainability Report.

Sustainability at AstraZeneca in Switzerland

CH-4989; 09/2021