Prioritizing environmental sustainability

We recognize that good health requires a healthy environment and that climate change will increasingly impact human health.

Our commitments

We hold ourselves accountable for running our business sustainably and reducing our impact on the environment. Read more in our position statements:

Ambitious environmental sustainability targets

We have set ambitious, long-term environmental sustainability targets for absolute reductions to carbon emissions, water and waste while driving increases in renewable electricity. Through participation in CDP, we make public our progress toward targets.

AbbVie Environmental Targets:

We’re making steady progress against these targets:

*Figures exclude two R&D facilities which were not included in the 2015 baseline. **This key performance metric includes manufacturing and R&D, which account for the majority (>75%) or our operations. +Includes waste disposed of in the following manner: beneficial use, recycled, composted, treated, fuel blending, incinerated with energy recovery, and incinerated without energy recovery.

Environmental results are verified externally. Read our 2018 environmental assurance report.

Environmental and energy management

We use robust environmental and energy management systems. All of our manufacturing sites have ISO 14001 certification for effective environmental management systems, nine have ISO 50001 certification for effective energy management systems, and we are working toward three more ISO 50001 certifications.

Protecting the Earth, One Pound of CO2 at a Time

Energy management has been the unseen hero of the sustainability world. Now, it’s finally getting its time in the (energy efficient) spotlight.

See the story

Sustainability in our supply chain

Through our comprehensive supply chain management program, we survey our top suppliers to assess their environmental, social and governance practices.