Human rights

What are Human rights at AstraZeneca?

Company efforts to uphold rights inherent to all human beings. These rights are interrelated, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This includes the rights to health, non-discrimination, humane treatment and data privacy. 

Our approach

As a healthcare company, we believe health is a human right and therefore enabling access to our medicines is vital. Beyond our core business of health, it is our responsibility to understand how we are contributing to or hindering human rights due to our operations. This includes taking action on both basic and emerging issues such as modern slavery, workforce treatment, labour rights and data privacy. We aim to prevent human rights violations by proactively identifying any issues in our business and responding promptly with appropriate action.

As signatories to the UN Global Compact (UNGC) for the past 10 years, we commit to the Guiding Principles to respect human rights by acting with due diligence to avoid infringing on human rights and to address negative impacts. "We have ensured that the UNGC and its ten Principles have become part of our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations, and they will remain vitally important in the years ahead" —  Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca CEO in a recommitment letter to the UNGC.

We are also committed to the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards on child labour and minimum working age. We have internal policies, statements and procedures that build upon these external commitments:
Human Rights Statement
Modern Slavery Act Statement
Conflict Minerals Statement
Code of Ethics
Data Privacy Standard

We address discrimination dimensions of human rights, including setting an enterprise-wide ambition in 2020 to ensure racial equity in our workplace and access to our medicines, in our clinical trials and beyond. See more actions in Inclusion and diversity

Our key target and progress

See the Sustainability Data Summary for all metrics and methodology

Our stories

Human rights survey

Identifying human rights impacts in our supply chain
Progressing work on the right to data privacy

Partnerships to support rights holders

Modern slavery and human trafficking training

Learn more about Human rights in our Sustainability Report.