AstraZeneca seeks to transform healthcare by unlocking what science can do for people, society, and the planet. With sustainability in the company's DNA, the company has three interconnected priority sustainability pillars.
The first aims to decarbonize healthcare, manage its environmental impact, and invest in nature and biodiversity. Second, AstraZeneca is working to increase access to healthcare in all areas of the world. And finally, it's working to create an ethical, transparent, and inclusive environment.
Within AstraZeneca's environmental protection work, Ambition Zero Carbon is a key initiative. And with sustainability core to her role, Gurinder views data and technology as vital enablers to reduce the organization's environmental footprint. Within Global Operations, AstraZeneca is applying technology to support its sustainability target in three core ways.
The company's removing paper from processes company-wide. It's also using internet-of-things technology to connect technology assets, capture data, and identify how assets can run more efficiently and not waste energy. Thirdly, it's creating digital twins or virtual representations of every step in a process, such as packaging and delivery planning, to improve decision-making on how they can run in the cleanest, optimal way.
AstraZeneca is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from its global operations (Scopes 1 and 2) by 98% by 2026, from a 2015 baseline.