Oct. 27 2020 06:11 PM

New Protein, Planet and Pet Pledges, aligned to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aim to provide improved access to nutritious protein, reduce the company’s and customers’ footprint on the planet, and help support more healt

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Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) today announced its first sustainability commitments, just two years after becoming an independent company. The decade-long commitments support the SDGs, address societal challenges and underscore Elanco’s role in improving the health of animals, which also improves the health of people and the planet.

Today, the company is issuing three Healthy Purpose Pledges to drive sustainable change by 2030, including:

  • Protein Pledge: Create more resilient food systems by enabling 57 million more people to access their annual nutritious protein needs.
  • Planet Pledge: Remove 21 million tons of emissions from customers’ farms while reducing the company’s own impact on the planet.
  • Pet Pledge: Improve the world’s wellbeing by helping at least 100 million healthy pets help people.

"Business can be a unique force for good, and at Elanco, we believe we have the opportunity and responsibility to help tackle key societal challenges," said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO at Elanco. "Elanco's Healthy Purpose sustainability commitments, the first of its kind in the animal health industry, advances the world’s wellbeing while supporting and strengthening our own business. It all starts with a healthy, strong enterprise driven by the growth, innovation and margin expansion agenda we are executing against. Through these efforts, Elanco is focused on creating value for our customers, employees, shareholders and society as a whole.”

With millions in the world unable to access affordable, nutritious protein, the Elanco Protein Pledge is an active commitment to improve the efficiency and sustainability of every farmer the company works with, improve the health and welfare of 3 billion farm animals and support and enhance agricultural productivity and income of 250,000 dairy and poultry smallholder farmers.

The natural environment needs protection and Elanco can help reduce impacts and develop solutions to support customers, while minimizing the company’s own impact. Elanco’s Planet Pledge is a commitment be customers’ lead partner on the journey toward net zero emissions on their farms, grow the product portfolio with environmental benefits and accelerate toward sustainable packaging while achieving 100% renewable sources of electricity across the company’s operations.

Ultimately, the combination of Elanco’s Protein and Planet Pledges will help the company drive a decrease in the global emissions intensity of animal protein by 2%, compared to business-as-usual 2030.

The connection between animals and humans is powerful. Pets can be a prescription on four legs to improve physical, social and emotional health. Elanco’s Pet Pledge will help 40 million more pets receive better care through the company's work with veterinarians and pet owners, innovate by delivering a constant flow of new medicines and health products for pets, and help the world understand and experience the benefits of pets on wellbeing.

“Three clear reasons will help us achieve our Healthy Purpose Pledges – the Elanco Differentiators: People, Access, and Innovation” said Simmons. “With the industry’s most passionate, highly-engaged people, innovation created with purpose, and access to 19 species of animals in nearly 100 countries, Elanco has the ability to address our customers’ and society’s greatest needs. We look forward to partnering with, and learning from, our customers and stakeholders who share our drive to achieve these goals.”

Elanco believes in creating a culture of people with purpose, an inclusive safe harbor where employees can bring their whole self to work and have the opportunity for personal growth, defining their own purpose or “why” and creating their own personal standard operating procedure to support wellbeing.

The company is committed to tracking performance and engaging with stakeholders through ongoing dialogue, input, and regular performance disclosure. This commitment includes learning from experts and partners to ensure the approach evolves in line with best practices and the world’s needs. Watch Elanco’s Healthy Purpose Pledges and its measures come to life on Elanco.com and through Elanco’s social channels.


Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health of animals in their care, while also making a meaningful impact on our local and global communities. At Elanco, we are driven by our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching life and our Elanco Healthy Purpose™ Sustainability/ESG framework – all to advance the health of animals, people and the planet. Learn more at www.elanco.com.

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