Sustainability foundations

Investing in our people and communities

Our objective

We strive to be a great place to work and a good corporate citizen. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive, open and trusting organisation that embraces the skills, knowledge and unique abilities of every individual. We invest in our employees' wellbeing and their professional development, while encouraging them to use their skills and experience for the benefit of local communities.

2017 highlights

Increased 44.4%

the proportion of senior roles held by women

Reduced by 17%

the reportable injury rate since 2015

Donated $25 million

in Community Investment Contributions


People are the key to AstraZeneca's success. Without our committed, highly skilled and ambitious workforce, our company wouldn't enjoy such extraordinary success in transforming the lives of patients around the world. We work hard to recruit and retain the very best people in the industry, and pride ourselves on being an ethical employer. Our sustainable foundations reflect our Values and abiding commitment to people: our staff, patients, suppliers and society. This long-standing commitment is reflected across the nine foundational sustainability issues we reaffirmed in our 2016 materiality assessment:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Respecting human rights
  • Delivering workplace health and safety
  • Fostering employee development and retention
  • Product safety and quality
  • Interacting with and disclosing public policy and advocacy efforts
  • Positively engaging with communities
  • Meeting fair taxation expectations
  • Providing fair compensation


Our stories

Read more about our nine foundational issues in our Sustainability Report