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 reducing our environmental impact across our products’ life cycles and our 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 learn more, see Eli Lilly and Company's reports on Environment, Social and Governance issues. Please note that this information is in English only.

Global Highlights

  • 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).

Our Work in Canada

Lilly Canada is committed to diverting expired and/or unused medications and other health products from landfills and sewers, and to ensuring their safe and effective collection and disposal. We are a member of the Health Products Stewardship Association.


Don’t throw them out, visit the website of the Health Products Stewardship Association for information on the safe disposal of medicines.

Lilly Canada participates in the following stewardship programs:

  • Blue box programs (post-consumer product packaging recycling) in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Quebec:

    • Stewardship Ontario Packaging and Printed Paper Program

    • Multi-Material Stewardship Western (Saskatchewan) Household Packaging and Paper Program

    • Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Packaging and Printed Paper Program

    • Recycle BC Packaging and Printed Paper Program

    • Éco Entreprises Québec Packaging and Printed Paper Program

  • Medication return (post-consumer unused medication landfill diversion) in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, PEI:

    • Health Products Stewardship Association

  • Medication return in Alberta:

    • Alberta Pharmacists’ Association RxA ENVIRx Program

  • Medical sharps collection in Ontario, Manitoba, PEI:

    • Health Products Stewardship Association

  • Medication returns and medical sharps collection in Nova Scotia:

    • Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia