AZ Forest: our reforestation initiative

We recognise the strong connection between a healthy planet and healthy people, and we work to foster environments in which all people can thrive.

Alongside our work to eliminate carbon emissions from our own operations, we also recognise the direct link between reforestation, the climate and human health. Trees naturally remove CO2 and are essential to mitigate the effects of climate change. Reforestation also helps support disease prevention through cleaner air for communities and provides additional green space for public use.

AZ Forest is a global initiative to plant 50-million trees worldwide by 2025. In partnership with local governments and One Tree Planted, a non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation, the first trees will be planted in Australia in September 2020, with France, Indonesia and other countries to follow. This initiative supports WEF’s newly launched ‘ – The Champions for a Trillion Trees’ platform.

In Australia, the large-scale environmental programme is a collaboration between AstraZeneca and global and local environmental restoration organisations, and will be one of the largest singular projects of its kind to be undertaken.

AZ Forest represents a commitment by all partners to support Australia’s recovery from last year’s devastating bushfires, planting 25 million biodiverse, native and locally appropriate trees in locations that support threatened species and habitat connectivity. The programme demonstrates the ability of environmental organisations to deliver large-scale impact with investment from the private sector.