Operating Responsibly

At Lilly, our corporate responsibility efforts are part of the fabric of who we are, part of our work to make life better for people around the world. We are increasingly linking our corporate responsibility efforts to our business so that we can have a greater, more sustainable impact in the communities where we live and work.

Our heritage shapes who we are and informs what we do today—and tomorrow. Since our founding by Colonel Eli Lilly in 1876, we have pioneered medical breakthroughs like human insulin, the polio vaccine and many other therapies. We’ve also set a high standard for giving back to our communities. We are passionate about building on this precedent in our continued quest to make life better for individuals, communities and the world around us.

How we do business is as important as what we do. Underpinning everything we do are our values of integrity, excellence and respect for people, which were laid out by the Lilly family long ago and still guide us today.

You can see these values in action with the type of people we select to work at Lilly and the work environment we create so that they can help Lilly deliver on its promise. We demonstrate our values through responsible business practices that reflect our commitments to strong governance principles: transparency; patient, customer and employee privacy; ethical product promotion; and stakeholder engagement.

You can also see these values in our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and create a better tomorrow for future generations. The medicines we make require the use of valuable resources, including energy, water, and raw materials. Lilly takes a holistic approach to understanding and managing our environmental impacts across the product life cycle. We are deeply committed to conducting our business in an environmentally, socially, and financially responsible manner.

See our Integrated Report for more.