Environment and Climate Action

People’s health is interconnected and interdependent with the health of our planet. We need to look after one, while taking care of the other. This means addressing our direct business footprint to minimise harm and maximise our sustainability. It also means acting on our indirect value chain.

As a healthcare company, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to play a part in the intersection between people and planetary health, building awareness and driving action. We are currently defining our long-term ambition in this space.

We are accelerating our work to play our part to tackle the climate crisis. We have committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), joining companies worldwide in following the science in framing action to reduce carbon emissions. Of course, committing to SBTi is only one step. We are determined to reach net zero carbon emissions and are working on the timeframe to get there.

Environmental performance

Our latest environmental performance data is available in our 2020 Annual Report. For the last financial year, we reported in line with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements of a large unquoted UK company for the first time and reported our emissions for UK only. As we progress an external audit by the Carbon Trust of our other markets during 2021, we will publish the remainder of the 2020 global emissions data from our other markets across the group. In the next Annual Report, we plan to report in line with the SECR requirements of a quoted UK company, further adopt the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) requirements and include our global footprint for 2021.

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100% renewable in Spain

In Spain, we actively promote positive environmental practices in our drive towards a low-carbon economy. We continue to use 100% renewable electricity in our Spanish businesses by embedding these practices in our procurement processes and invest in energy efficiency projects to reduce our use overall.

Our UK businesses committed to becoming carbon neutral

In the UK, as a supporter of the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative, we work on nature-based solutions by supporting One Carbon World’s reforestation projects in Uruguay and renewable energy in India.

Find more about our progress on Environment and Climate Action here.

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