Our Impact 

We work every day with the goal of growing our business in responsible and sustainable ways that better people’s lives and benefit society.

Our impact starts with the purpose of our business: to create medicines that make life better. We’re committed to expanding equitable access to medicines for more people around the world, and we are working to improve public health for vulnerable people living in areas with limited resources. We further extend our impact by strengthening communities and addressing social issues – like racial justice and education – that matter to our business, employees and society.

And when there’s a health crisis, like COVID-19, Lilly steps up for the common good. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Building on our purpose, we focus our impact efforts on five key areas:

Increase Access to Medicines
Improves Lives and Communities
Empower a Diverse Workforce
Minimize our Environmental Impact
Operate Ethically and Responsibly

Across these areas, we set and measure challenging goals to continually improve what we do – and how we do it. We discuss those goals throughout this section and website. See Lilly’s social impact/ESG reporting archives for detailed information about our social impact and environmental, social and governance work.

At the Heart of Our Impact Is Our Purpose.

We unite caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. More than 40 million people count on Lilly medicines each year. In the nearly 150 years we’ve been in business, we’ve developed and delivered trusted medicines that help people get better, feel better and live better.

That’s Why We’re Dedicated to Increasing Access to Medicines.

Too many people, especially the most vulnerable, lack access to the medicines and care they need. Reaching across industry boundaries, we collaborate with leading health organizations, providers, regulators and governments to find new solutions that help address access challenges and strengthen health care systems.

Million People
Improving Access to Quality Health Care
for 30 Million People by 2030
Improving Access to Quality Healthcare for 30 Million People by 2030

In addition to the more than 40 million people we reach annually through our medicines, we’ve established an aggressive goal – Lilly 30x30 – to reach 30 million people in resource-limited settings annually by 2030.

We’re Improving Lives and Communities.

We invest our time, expertise and resources to drive social impact, with a focus on improving health, education and racial injustice. We encourage our employees to volunteer and give in ways that advance our purpose and are meaningful to them.

1.2 million

volunteer hours through Global Day of Service since 2008

$13.4 million

contributed to United Way in 2020 (including donations by Lilly employees and retirees and $7.4 million from the Lilly Foundation*)

$25 million

pledge from the Lilly Foundation to combat racial injustice over five years

*The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc., is a separate nonprofit organization, commonly referred to as the Lilly Foundation.

We’re Empowering a Diverse Workforce.

Diversity and inclusion is a fundamental part of our company strategy. When Lilly people come to work each day, we bring different experiences, perspectives and traditions. Lilly is committed to welcoming, respecting and valuing that which makes each of us unique. As a major employer, we also take action on racial justice issues that affect our employees, business and communities.

We’re Minimizing Our Environmental Impact.

Making medicines requires the use of valuable resources including energy, water and raw materials. We’re committed to continually improving our environmental impact across our product life cycles and supply chain – with a focus on addressing climate change, waste and water security.

2030 Environmental Goals:


Carbon neutral

in our own operations


renewable electricity


full value-chain emissions reporting



waste to landfill


of plastic waste repurposed for beneficial use

Integrate sustainability

into product and packaging design


No impact

to water-stressed areas

No impact

from pharmaceuticals in the environment

Everything We Do Starts with Operating Ethically and Responsibly.

It’s who we are. It’s the foundation of how we conduct business and create positive change for people and communities, while reducing our environmental impact. The Lilly family’s core values of integrity, excellence and respect for people have guided us since the beginning, and they remain at the heart of all we do today.



Respect for People

Integrated Summary Report

View This Report

Lilly Reporting

View All Reports