Our sustainability ambition

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

At AstraZeneca we’re united by our desire to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

We know it’s how we will continue to transform the lives of millions of patients around the world while delivering value to our employees, our communities, and the environment. We believe there is a strong connection between the health of our business, our patients, our workforce, and the planet and each of these impact one another.

How do we approach sustainability at AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, health is our business and our contribution to society. How we operate supports sustainable ecosystems for healthcare that benefit people and our planet through science-based innovation.

Our sustainability strategy is built around three pillars that put health at the heart of our work—beginning with Access to Healthcare. As a global company, we seek to leverage our reach, scale and expertise to effect real change in 16 sustainability issues. See our approach in the graphic below.

2019 Highlights

Access to Healthcare

Environmental Protection

Ethics & Transparency


healthcare workers trained


of our total electricity use is sourced or generated from renewable sources


of senior middle management roles and above are held by women

16+ million

people reached through our portfolio of access programmes

CDP A lists

on the CPD Climate change list and Water security list, for the fourth year running, for our actions and disclosures on climate change and water stewardship


of employees feel that AstraZeneca is a great place to work


Health Innovation Hubs in emerging markets

$15.5 million

invested in environmental efficiency projects (NRRGG fund)


instances of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics per thousand employees in commercial regions

Our three sustainability priorities

Access to Health, Environmental Protection and Ethics & Transparency priority areas continue to underpin our global Sustainability strategy, in full alignment with our business priorities. We made great progress in 2020, launching our Ambition Zero Carbon programme which accelerates our contribution to tackling the climate crisis in support of global health. Collaborating around the world, our commitment to transparency ensures that we are a trusted partner in the work to increase access to innovative medicines and address the global health concerns of today and tomorrow.

Katarina Ageborg Executive Vice-President, Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer; President AstraZeneca AB, Sweden