AstraZeneca achieves top ranking for environmental leadership in climate and water protection

AstraZeneca has been identified as a global environmental leader and has been recognised on this year’s A List for both climate and water, one of only 25 companies worldwide to be awarded the position by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform.

This achievement is in recognition of a number of actions over the past year to manage environmental risks, cut carbon emissions and enhance water stewardship. This is the second consecutive year that AstraZeneca has been recognised by CDP for its efforts to reduce our climate impacts.

CDP publishes A-D scores across climate, water and forests for over 3,000 major corporates, with the leaders celebrated on the prestigious A List. 2017 is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability. 

The 2017 A List comprises 156 global companies, and has been produced at the request of 827 investors with assets of over US$100 trillion. Thousands of companies submit annual environmental disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology.

Paul Dickinson, CDP’s Executive Chair, said: “Congratulations to all the companies that made it onto the A List this year. It’s inspiring to see so many taking bold action to mitigate environmental risks and grasp the opportunities that come with the transition to a sustainable economy. These companies are driving the transition as we approach a tipping point on environmental action”.

Environmental Protection is one of the three pillars of AstraZeneca’s Sustainability Strategy, together with Access to Healthcare and Ethics and Transparency. AstraZeneca is committed to operating in a way that respects and protects our climate and natural resources through a science-based approach that drives continuous improvement across the value chain. Last year we committed around $25 million to natural resource projects to reduce environmental impacts across our sites.

Katarina Ageborg, EVP Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer, commented:“We have ambitious targets for our company in the area of environmental protection and it is fantastic to see our efforts externally recognised again this year. In 2016, we set specific targets to drive our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water consumption and waste globally by 2025. I’m proud that by focusing on these goals we are delivering tangible improvements which are helping AstraZeneca to protect our climate and natural resources.”

The A-List and full company scores are available on CDP’s website: https://www.cdp.net/en/scores-2017

Read more about Sustainability at AstraZeneca: https://www.astrazeneca.com/sustainability.html