AstraZeneca has achieved recognition as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world for the second consecutive year by Corporate Knights (CK), the Toronto-based media and investment advisory firm.
The Global 100 Index is a ranking of the world's most sustainable companies. Each year, the latest iteration of the index is announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
AstraZeneca was ranked 50th overall and the 5th highest-ranked pharmaceutical company. Inclusion in the Global 100 places AstraZeneca in the top 1.3% companies in the world for sustainability performance. Although performance was consistent across the assessment, the strongest areas included top quartile performance on board and executive gender diversity and above average percentage of products (20%) with equitable pricing strategies targeting priority countries.
Katarina Ageborg, EVP Sustainability said:
“2018 was a year of significant progress for sustainability at AstraZeneca. I’m proud that our efforts to improve access to healthcare, environmental protection and ethics and transparency have again been recognised by Corporate Knights to place AstraZeneca as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World today.”
At AstraZeneca, our approach to sustainability puts health at the heart of our work. The three pillars of our strategy; Access to Health, Environment and Ethics, reflect our commitment to the health of our patients, our employees, the environment and the communities we reach through our medicines, investments and partnerships. All of this is underpinned by a healthy business culture, centred around integrity, respect and transparency. On our sustainability journey, we aim to reduce our negative impacts and do more good for society, the environment, and our business. Our three sustainability pillars align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; within these three areas we focus our efforts where we can have the most impact
The annual Global 100 is a badge of honour for sustainability excellence. To determine the ranking for 2019, the financial information company and magazine Corporate Knights rated 7,536 companies against global industry peers on a suite of up to 21 key measures covering resource management, employee management, financial management, clean revenue and supplier performance. The full ranking is published in the annual Global 100 issue of Corporate Knights magazine and on its website: www.corporateknights.com/global100
Read more about Sustainability at AstraZeneca: https://www.astrazeneca.com/sustainability.html