Zoetis announces sustainability initiative, ‘Driven to Care,’ along with long-term goals

Parsippany-based animal health giant Zoetis Inc. has announced a new sustainability initiative, as well as long-term sustainability goals, dubbed “Driven to Care.”

The company said the program has three pillars: Care and Collaborate in Our Communities; Innovate in Animal Health; and Protect Our Planet. Its commitment to support communities, animals and the planet includes support of 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, it noted.

“While purpose has been a driving factor for Zoetis throughout our history, formalizing our goals and commitments integrates sustainability as a core strategy alongside innovation in animal health and supporting our customers,” CEO Kristin Peck said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to unveil our Driven to Care goals, which we built with the input and feedback of our board of directors and colleagues, as well as community and industry organizations, retail partners and our customers.”

The company will report on its progress annually, Peck said.

Each pillar of the program has a variety of aspirations, targets and goals, the company said. Some of the target efforts include:

Care and Collaborate in Our Communities:

  • Increase representation of women in senior management to 40% by 2025;
  • Increase representation of people of color at all levels in the U.S. to 25% by 2025;
  • Integrate sustainability into all strategic planning and resource allocation processes;
  • Contribute 2,500 volunteer days annually to communities the company serves;
  • Provide $1 million in scholarships to veterinary students annually, focusing on underrepresented groups where possible;
  • Care for 225,000 animals in need through charitable programs.

Innovate in Animal Health:

  • Innovate around sustainability and drive adoption of key sustainable animal health solutions;
  • Promote responsible use of antibiotics and reduce the dependency on antibiotic classes shared with human pharma;
  • Through the ALPHA initiative, with a focus on Africa, train 100,000 farmers, vet professionals and lab technicians by 2025, and increase women trainees to 50% of the total;
  • Invest in research & development and provide innovative vaccines to all relevant markets, as part of an effort to combat diseases that pose the greatest risk to animals and humans.

Protect Our Planet:

  • Source 100% renewable energy by 2050;
  • Reduce energy intensity in manufacturing and R&D by 5% by 2025;
  • Reduce transportation-related emissions by 25%;
  • Integrate sustainability considerations into all new packaging designs.