Workforce wellbeing and safety


What is Workforce wellbeing and safety at AstraZeneca?

Company efforts to create a healthy and safe working environment are conducive to a workforce thriving and maintaining good work–life integration. This includes efforts to limit safety hazards for employees through proper design, engineering and preventative maintenance, and embedding a safety, health and environment (SHE) culture across the organisation.



Our approach

We strive to ensure our workforce has the resources not only to deal with, but to thrive in challenging circumstances. We take a holistic approach, considering physical, financial and mental wellbeing dimensions at work, in transit and at home:  

  • Physical wellbeing — supporting all aspects of physical health, e.g. exercising and managing any conditions or diseases
  • Mental wellbeing — feeling positive, building resilience, achieving balance and a strong sense of community
  • Financial wellbeing — managing finances today while preparing for the future

We investigate safety incidents to understand root causes and make changes to prevent reoccurrence. Learnings are reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts then distributed globally. Our global SHE standards and procedures establish mandatory requirements in key risk areas. 

Our Code of Ethics includes elements relating to workforce wellbeing and safety: we promote and maintain a safe, healthy, secure work environment; we use effective SHE management systems to identify and manage risk and maintain strong SHE performance; we only work with others who embrace SHE standards consistent with ours. Our 2020 Code of Ethics global mandatory training focused on wellbeing during the pandemic, including personal examples of how our employees have built resilience and grown during challenging times. The training also included an example of how to handle a safety incident by applying Human and Organisational Performance (HOP) principles.



Our key targets and progress



See the Sustainability Data Summary for all metrics and methodology



Our stories


Workforce mental health in times of COVID-19
Human and Organisational Performance (HOP) in action
Creating a culture of safety around warehouses

AstraZeneca most active healthcare company in global wellbeing challenge
Gaithersburg site wins wellness awards


Learn more about Workforce wellbeing and safety in our Sustainability Report.