Environmental Sustainability

Our purpose of making life better includes protecting and preserving the world we live in.

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.

As our product portfolio evolves, we find new and better ways to minimize our environmental footprint. This ensures that our operations are safe for our employees and the communities where we operate.

We set and measure challenging environmental goals to drive performance.To see our latest environmental reporting, see our  Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report.


  • We employ green chemistry to design products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances.

  • We’re transitioning 90% of our mandatory endotoxin tests from a process that relies on bleeding horseshoe crabs to one that doesn’t require harvesting live animals.

  • Through 2018, despite significant production increases, we reduced our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12.7% (from 2012 baseline year).

State-Specific Requirements

Lilly supports the safe collection and proper disposal of syringes, needles and other sharps generated in home settings. For this reason and to comply with laws addressing sharps disposal, our Safe Sharps Disposal Plan is made available to the public on this website, along with more important compliance information.

Lilly CA Sharps Document October 2020

Corporate Disclosure in Compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010