We work to empower our customers to address the global challenges brought on by the increasing importance of animals in our lives. That’s why, together with our customers, we are committed to raising awareness about global food security, to celebrating and supporting the human-animal bond, and to volunteering our time and resources in our local communities.
With the global population expected to reach more than 9 billion people by 2050, experts anticipate that the world will need to produce 70 percent more food to meet this growing demand. And, not only will the growing population demand more food; it will demand better, higher quality food—including meat, fish, milk and eggs—as 3 billion people enter the middle class.
Our world will need to produce more food using fewer resources. And in order for that to happen, we must support farmers as food producers as they make sustainable choices that are right for their business. We should empower consumers to make the healthy food choices that are right for them. We must supply the high-quality and nutritious food that will nourish our children and lead to better health and development. And we must foster the kind of international infrastructure to ensure that food reaches the people who need it, wherever they are.
Today, we are working to:
Pets play an important role in our lives. They bring us joy, teach us responsibility and serve as dedicated companions. Elanco’s solutions allow veterinarians to help pets live longer, healthier, higher-quality lives. Elanco supports Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs, as well as similar organizations around the world. Together, we are enabling people in need to achieve greater independence, confidence and overall happiness.
What’s good for the environment is good for consumers, farmers, and animals. And, as our world rises to the challenge of feeding a population of more than 9 billion people by 2050, we’ll need to produce more food while using fewer resources. We believe technology and innovative production practices can improve the efficiency of food production—resulting in more nutrients for people without increasing the use of land, feed, and other resources. For example, implementing innovative practices in dairy production could save over 1.6 million square kilometers of farmland and 2.34 million cubic kilometers of water per year, while still providing enough milk to meet the daily requirements of our global population. The same is true in egg production: helping hens produce just one more egg per day would enable us to save 113 million tons of feed, 74 billion gallons of water, and over 65 million acres of land1. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in harmony. It's our shared responsibility to make the most of the resources we have and preserve a cleaner world and brighter future for the next generation.
Our goal is to invest 200,000 volunteer hours in our cause-related efforts between 2014 and 2017. Each year, Elanco joins forces with our parent company, Lilly, to dedicate a full day to volunteering in our communities. This initiative, called Global Day of Service, is one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer programs in the world. In over 65 countries, Elanco employees join local partners and community groups to support a wide variety of initiatives. Whether beautifying city streets, collecting food or building homes for families in need, or caring for animals at local shelters, we take pride in giving back to the neighborhoods where we work, live, and play. Visit LillyGlobalDayofService.com to see personal stories and images our employees have shared as they volunteer their time around the globe. Our annual hunger challenge also engages employees in a variety of ways to personally experience food insecurity as well as contribute their time to serving in organizations that address hunger. Finally, employees are provided with a half-day per quarter of paid time off to serve their communities in a cause that aligns to their personal interests.
1 Dr. Roger Cady. Elanco Animal Health. Food Forward Analysis, 2013