Ethics and transparency

Building trust by demonstrating integrity, transparency and fair treatment is central to everything we do.

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Our approach to ethics and transparency

Science underpinned by ethical behaviour and transparency

We seek to create positive societal impact and embed ethical behaviour in all our business activities, markets and value chain, to create value beyond the impact of our medicines. We do this by promoting ethical, transparent and inclusive policies and practices, internally as well as with our partners and suppliers.

We need to ensure that we retain and increase trust across all our stakeholder groups to deliver life-changing medicines to patients.

Our focus areas

Ethical business culture

We are committed to driving the highest ethical standards of conduct and accountability beyond compliance, guided by our Code of Ethics and Values. We emphasise Values-based decision-making in all we do and encourage our workforce and suppliers to adopt a sustainability mindset. Transparency and visibility in our business supports learning and development, which is fundamental to meeting the expectations of patients, investors and broader society.

Inclusion and diversity

Inclusion and diversity (I&D) benefits our Company because innovation requires breakthrough ideas that only come from a diverse workforce empowered to challenge conventional thinking. Our ongoing commitment to I&D underpins our ability to maintain a sustainable workforce by ensuring that we continue to attract, develop and retain top talent from various backgrounds and with different experiences, making a fundamental contribution to our success.

Workforce safety and health

To continue to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, we must foster an environment where people feel safe, energised and inspired. The resources we put into support for the physical and mental health and safety of our employees are an investment in society at large, the communities where we operate and their long-term economic health. Contributing to a safe and healthy environment is the right thing to do and can also have positive business impacts in terms of productivity.

Our ambition

By 2025:

Gender equality

reached in management positions

Maintain 100%

of active employees trained on the Code of Ethics

75% reduction

in total injury rate from 2015 baseline

10 new countries

to deliver supplier diversity programmes (outside of the United States)

Our achievements


senior middle management roles held by women*


of employee survey respondents feel we have a 'speak up' culture*


reduction in total injury rate*

10 countries

with supplier diversity programmes (outside of the United States)*

*As at end December 2023. Source: Sustainability Report 2023

Your concerns related to our ethics or conduct are important to us

We value speaking up as part of our ethical business culture. We want anyone who has a concern about our ethics or conduct to report it without delay. With our AZethics platform, we are making it easier for individuals to make a report using a simple, one-step intake form and the option to remain anonymous where permitted by local law. Internally, we also encourage a culture of transparent reporting of concerns to the relevant manager, HR or Compliance. We are committed to investigating and responding to all concerns of alleged misconduct or breaches of law or policy that are raised to us.

Our Ethics and transparency highlights

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