We were founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that met real needs in an era of unreliable elixirs peddled by questionable characters. His charge to the generations of employees who have followed was this: “Take what you find here and make it better and better.”

More than 140 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve starting with those who take our medicines, and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live.

Promise-Heart

Our Purpose

Lilly unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world.

Three long established core values guide Lilly in all that we do:

  • Integrity: We conduct our business consistent with all applicable laws and are honest in our dealings with customers, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers, competitors and the community.
  • Excellence: We pursue pharmaceutical innovation, provide high quality products and strive to deliver superior business results.
  • Respect for People: We maintain an environment built on mutual respect, openness and individual integrity. Respect for people includes our concern for all people who touch or are touched by our company: customers, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers and communities.
Caring & Discovery Milestones
About
Key Facts
About
David A. Ricks Chairman and CEO, Lilly

"We’re trying to change the frontiers of what’s possible in medicine. Our vision is to change patients’ expectations – to provide a new sense of hope for people suffering from some of the world’s most debilitating diseases."

Lilly for Better
Caring
Beating Diabetes
Discovery
Spirit of Discovery
Discovery
Lilly Foundation
Caring
Beating Back Polio
Discovery