Responsible supply chain

What is Responsible supply chain at AstraZeneca?

Company processes for sourcing external resources, including building robust supplier relationships with considerations of suppliers’ environmental and social practices. 

Our approach

We support suppliers by:

  • Offering opportunities to build their own sustainability knowledge and capabilities 
  • Holding them to high standards

Throughout the lifetime of our relationship with each supplier, we seek to ensure that their conduct matches the expectations outlined in our Global Standard Expectations of Third Parties. We aim to work only with suppliers whose values are consistent with our own and who are committed to developing inclusive, resilient and transparent businesses.

Our Sustainability Partner Guide and Framework for our critical manufacturing partners assesses and rewards sustainability performance.

We have prioritised our sustainability approach on categories of suppliers in our product supply chain, including active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), formulation and packaging, and devices — and we are continually expanding our focus.


Suppliers create value for all employees and people within their local communities.



Suppliers’ operations are adaptive to climate change and resource scarcity.



Sustainability practices across our worldwide supply chain are readily verified


Our key targets and progress

See the Sustainability Data Summary for all metrics and methodology

Our stories

Promoting Responsible Sourcing
Our Positive Sourcing Programme delivers value to our business and society by embedding sustainability into end-to-end procurement processes. We embed responsible sourcing practices by working with suppliers to support their sustainability journeys, innovate together on challenges, and promote supplier diversity.

Supporting suppliers sustainability journeys
Innovating together on challenges
Promoting supplier diversity

Other stories

Transforming our supply chain to achieve Ambition Zero Carbon
Sourcing raw materials from nature
Advancing sustainability maturity across internal manufacturing

Learn more about Responsible supply chain in our Sustainability Report.