Ethics and transparency

We are focused on creating positive societal impact and promoting ethical behaviour in all markets and across our value chain.

Our approach to Ethics and transparency

It’s important that we can create value beyond the impact our medicines have on patients. This includes driving the highest standards of conduct and accountability across our company beyond compliance, building trust by demonstrating integrity, and embedding transparency and fair treatment across everything we do. We also seek to create positive societal impact and demonstrate ethical behaviour beyond our activities, across our value chain. We do this by promoting ethical, transparent, and inclusive policies, both within our company as well as across all our partners and suppliers.

Our programmes

We are committed to driving the highest ethical standards guided by our Code of Ethics and Values. We encourage principle-based decision making in all we do and across our entire value chain. This includes many different areas, such as bioethics, bribery and corruption, ethical use of personal data, sales and marketing practices, and human rights, to name a few. We aim to meet the expectations of our patients, investors and society. 

We are committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment and are embedding a safety, health and environment (SHE) culture across the whole organisation. Areas of focus include fostering a culture of learning, human and operational performance principles, engineering and preventative maintenance, and supporting employee health through flexible ways of working, access to disease prevention, and treatment and mental health services.

We are strengthened by a diverse workforce, one that is empowered to challenge conventional thinking. We value our differences because we believe we are at our most creative and innovative when we have diversity of thought. We are committed to a workforce which reflects the communities in which we operate and the patients we support. 

Our ambition

By 2025:

Gender equality

reached in management positions

Maintain 100%

of active employees trained on the Code of Ethics


of all critical manufacturing partner sites are rated ‘bronze’ or better in our Sustainability Partner Guide and Framework

10 new countries

to deliver supplier diversity programme

Our achievements


of senior middle management roles and above are held by women*


of employee survey respondents feel that AstraZeneca is a great place to work*


of employee survey respondents feel that AstraZeneca has a ‘Speak Up’ culture*

*as of December 2020, source: Sustainability Report