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 promise

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

Mission-People

Our mission

We make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives.

Vision-Microscope

Our vision

We will make a significant contribution to humanity by improving global health in the 21st century.

Values-Scale

Our values

Integrity, excellence and respect for people.

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.
Milestones of Lilly Caring and Discovery
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Key Facts
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Lilly for Better
Caring
Dave Ricks President and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

"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."

Global Health Efforts
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Transparency
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Lilly Employee Resource Groups
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LillyPAC
Spirit of Discovery
Discovery
Beating Back Polio
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Beating Diabetes
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