Elanco Animal Health Unveils Sustainability Commitments

Two years after becoming an independent company, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated announced its first sustainability commitments on Tuesday. The decade-long commitments alight with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), address societal challenges and underscore Elanco’s role in improving the health of animals, which also improves the health of people and the planet, the company said in a release. 

Elanco issued three Healthy Purpose Pledges to drive sustainable change by 2030, including: 
•    Protein Pledge: Create more resilient food systems by enabling 57 million more people to access their annual nutritious protein needs.
•    Planet Pledge: Remove 21 million tons of emissions from customers’ farms while reducing the company’s own impact on the planet.
•    Pet Pledge: Improve the world’s wellbeing by helping at least 100 million healthy pets help people.
"Business can be a unique force for good, and at Elanco, we believe we have the opportunity and responsibility to help tackle key societal challenges," said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO at Elanco, in the release. "Elanco's Healthy Purpose sustainability commitments, the first of its kind in the animal health industry, advances the world’s wellbeing while supporting and strengthening our own business. It all starts with a healthy, strong enterprise driven by the growth, innovation and margin expansion agenda we are executing against. Through these efforts, Elanco is focused on creating value for our customers, employees, shareholders and society as a whole.”

Elanco said their Protein Pledge is an active commitment to improve the efficiency and sustainability of every farmer the company works with, improve the health and welfare of 3 billion farm animals and support and enhance agricultural productivity and income of 250,000 dairy and poultry smallholder farmers. 

“We can create a sustainable environment,” Simmons said in a 2019 press conference at the Elanco global headquarters. “Animals are the original recyclers. 86% of the feed livestock eat is made of materials that humans don’t or can’t consume. Cattle in the U.S. eat approximately 90% of inedible byproducts and leftovers from industries such as human food, fiber and biofuel production, converting them into healthy milk and meat.”

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