The Lilly family set a precedent for service from the company’s earliest days, delivering medicines to victims of natural disasters and supporting important civic organizations such as the Red Cross.
Today, we continue to find creative ways to give back to our communities. In our own neighborhoods and across the globe, we work hand-in-hand with governments and civic organizations to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve.
Globally, locally and personally, we devote our time, resources and expertise to advance medical science, improve global health, and strengthen communities in which we work and live while operating responsibly as a company. This is part of our heritage and our promise to make life better for people around the world.
For more than 135 years, Eli Lilly and Company has shown its commitment to be a responsible global citizen at large, through a long history of philanthropic contributions. Today, our understanding of corporate responsibility is evolving beyond charity and reaching into the core of our business operations. We're drawing on our scientific, technical and business expertise to serve people living with medical conditions, meet the community's needs and reduce our environmental footprint.
Lilly’s emerging vision of our responsibility as a company is inspired by the concept of "shared value," developed by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard. We believe that Lilly can help solve today’s social problems by finding intersections between what society needs and what we do best—and then develop collaborative, strategic initiatives that both serve society and enhance business performance. Aligning our business with pressing social needs opens up new opportunities to provide greater value to people around the world.
Lilly’s greatest contribution in this regard is to continue to discover and develop innovative medicines, which we believe will be among the most powerful tools to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care going forward.
We’ll also work to improve global health by helping expand access to medicines, by working to strengthen policies that foster better health, by providing help to those in need, and by being an active participant in the communities we serve.