Global Health Unit
Global Access Plans
But it was also a year when all of us saw firsthand the impressive power of collaboration. Public authorities, scientists, and industry have worked closely together to discover, produce, and supply vaccines at a pace that has defied historical precedent. Each stakeholder brought its own skills to help solve a problem that no one could have tackled alone. We proudly played our part in this fight by mobilizing our industrial network to support the manufacturing of vaccines from other companies, and following the science to develop our own.
We are united behind a clear ambition to transform the practice of medicine, and meaningful progress was made on this front in 2021. Our pipeline is shaping up. We are closer than ever to what we hope will be a steady stream of breakthrough medicines and vaccines that will improve people’s lives.
We are also on a permanent quest to make life better for patients, partners, communities, and our own people. This led us to fully align and embed the ambitions of our societal impact strategy in our long-term business strategy.
While we will continue to be a “work in progress,” we took definitive steps last year to increase our impact. To name three: we created a non-profit Global Health business unit to increase the number of patients we can reach with our products; upgraded our commitments to fight climate change; and implemented a global standard for inclusive and equal parental leave.
All of our societal impact initiatives are spread across the company’s value chain. Every part of the organization has a role to play and a contribution to bring.
And it is because we are conscious of our increasing responsibility that we have again renewed our support for the United Nations Global Compact initiative and principles.
Chief Executive Officer
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