Environmental challenges have never been more critical or more urgent than they are today.

Growing consumption, industrialisation and urbanisation threaten not only the sustainability of the environment we live in, but also the health of people around the world. 

Every year we use billions of litres of water and large amounts of energy and resources to manufacture medicines. Our COemissions continue to rise, especially in transportation.

We distribute hundreds of millions of vials and injection pens to people who need them – and demand for our life-saving treatments is growing. Our products are made of high-quality materials, but after use, most of them end up in landfill.

This puts us at the frontline of some of the biggest environmental issues: climate change, water and resource scarcity, pollution and plastic waste.

To lead the way, and be at the forefront of change, we have taken a bold and broad, company-wide approach to solving environmental issues.

We have adopted a new environmental strategy with the aspiration to have zero environmental impact.

Our strategy challenges us to find new ways to design products that can be recycled or re-used, reshape our business to minimise consumption and waste, and work with suppliers who share our goal.

We are already taking the first steps towards zero environmental impact. But we are always searching for new ways to do more. We believe the answers will come as we adapt our business to a circular mindset that keeps our products and materials in use. 

Cities are an opportunity to win the fight against both climate change and type 2 diabetes. Both share similar patterns in human behaviour that exacerbate global warming and rising disease rates.

Today, we are working with partners in more than 40 cities around the world to advance disease prevention through education and on-the-ground interventions. 

These partnerships are part of our Cities Changing Diabetes programme. Since 2015, Cities Changing Diabetes has become a social movement in its own right, mobilising multiple stakeholders in the effort to tackle the growing issues of type 2 diabetes and building healthier environments.

Learn more about how we are improving urban health and well-being.