Environmental Sustainability

View of the sky through trees in a forest (by Ben Ostrower/Unsplash)

Becoming an environmentally sustainable business

Our ambition is to be a catalyst for positive change and a leader in environmental sustainability.

Our continued investment in our planet supports our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. It is also a way to build trust with society, if our actions are guided by a commitment to transparency and creating enduring change.

EU Green Week

Changes in Europe provide a sustainability blueprint for the world.

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Novartis Green Expectations

We invite all our suppliers to join us on our sustainability journey.


World Water Day 2021

Water means good health. We aim to ensure sufficient and safe water and enhance water quality wherever we operate.

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Going 100% renewable in Europe

Novartis signs agreements expected to add more than 275 megawatts of clean power to the electrical grid.

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Our Commitments
  • Silouhette of three business people


    We will encourage associates across our operations to adopt an environmental sustainability mindset.

  • Silouhette of a woman and a child


    We will work to understand how a changing climate will impact people's health. We will deliver environmentally sustainable medicines to people that need them.

  • Planet

    We will minimize the impact of our actions on the planet and invest in environmental solutions that also protect biodiversity. Through our value chain, we will benefit ecosystems and planetary health in general.

Our Targets

We aim to drive sustainability through our own operations, as well as those of our suppliers, and we have set ambitious targets to minimize our impacts on climate, waste and water.

  • Climate


    Carbon neutral in our operations by 2025. Our climate targets meet the criteria of the Science Based Targets Initiative.

  • Water


    Water neutral in all areas of our operations by 2030.

  • Waste


    Plastic neutral by 2030.

Science Based Targets

Novartis is proud to participate in the Science Based Targets initiative, which champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The initiative is a collaboration between the not-for-profit CDP, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

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Our Performance

  • 19%

    reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) vs. 2016

  • 35%

    reduction in water consumption vs. 2016