Healthy Purpose

Elanco’s Healthy PurposeTM advances the well-being of animals, people and the planet, enabling us to realize our vision of food and companionship enriching life.

We believe it all starts with healthier animals. They’re central to addressing global issues such as food security and nutrition, human health and well-being, and environmental sustainability. That’s why, from cats to cows, we’re combining our purpose-driven world view with decades of scientific innovation to improve animal health in collaboration with those who raise and care for animals. We do that through the products and services we offer and social impact programs that help address the global challenges of a diverse and changing world.

Learn more about Elanco's Healthy Purpose™ directly from our employees living purposefully in their communities here.



Elanco’s Healthy PurposeTM Pillars:

We recognize the impact healthy animals have on the health of people and the planet. They are all connected, and all contribute to the success and sustainability of our shared ecosystem today and for generations to follow. To achieve a future where everyone can live and thrive, Elanco focuses on these Healthy PurposeTM pillars:

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Healthier Animals

We’re committed to helping pets and food animals live healthy, quality lives by continuously identifying new and innovative animal care products and practices, while sharing our expertise.

By providing those who care for dogs and cats with innovative animal health solutions, Elanco helps pets live longer, high-quality lives by reducing disease-related health problems. Through our work with programs such as Pet Partners® we support therapy animal care and health.

As a business, we develop and provide innovations that address significant food animal health challenges, including Salmonella in poultry and some of the most damaging diseases and parasites in salmon production. We also actively work to share knowledge and make innovation accessible across the globe. For example, our partnership with organizations such as Heifer International® provides training, medicine and animal health care supplies to smallholder farmers, improving the health of their animals. Our policies help ensure our commitment.

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Healthier People

We’re committed to improving people’s health, lives and livelihoods by promoting animal companionship and enabling sustainable production of meat, milk, fish and eggs.

We love our pets, and they return the favor by contributing to our physical and psychological well-being. Working alongside the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Elanco is leading a four-year primary research study on the emotional and health benefits people receive from service dogs. Our work with organizations such as Pet Partners enables our employees to engage directly in work that brings awareness to the health benefits that companion animals provide to people.

Access to milk, meat, fish and eggs can make a profound impact on human health and prevent nutrition-related diseases. We help ensure that nutritious food is accessible and affordable to all through food security and hunger-related initiatives, including teaming up with Heifer International and collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation® for the East Africa Growth Accelerator Project. By 2020, we aim to help break the cycle of hunger for 100 communities around the world through efforts designed to address specific needs, while empowering community members to advance the effort.

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Healthier Planet

We’re committed to conserving natural resources by leveraging innovations and technological advances that will help our stakeholders produce more food, while making ourselves responsible stewards of our environment.

Healthy animals use their resources more efficiently, and, in turn, have less impact on the environment. At Elanco, we’re focused on helping food animals realize their full potential to meet the growing need for more nutritious meat, milk, fish and eggs while conserving our natural resources.

Conserving water and reducing waste, energy use and emissions are among our programs to support a healthier planet.

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Healthier Enterprise

We’re committed to managing our own environmental footprint and governing our business with the highest ethical standards while creating an environment where all employees feel safe, respected, empowered and invested in making a difference to society.

We’re committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and increasing women and minority representation in leadership. Our culture of safety improvement focuses on reducing serious workplace injuries. And we extend our standards through responsible management of our supply chain.


Our purpose-driven culture is evident in our employees’ frequent gift of time to causes we support. In the past four years, Elanco employees have volunteered more than 85,000 hours to cause-related projects and disaster relief efforts. We have worked together on more than 639 global volunteer projects, with employees giving their time to Heifer International work in the Americas, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Our company commitment also helped expand animal therapy work in 11 countries through Pet Partners.

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Global Day of Purpose

Each year, Elanco employees volunteer in our communities through the Global Day of Purpose. Thousands of employees join local partners to support a wide variety of community initiatives, and raise funds to support our global signature non-profits. Whether caring for animals at local shelters, collecting food in our communities or sharing our technical and professional expertise, and knowledge, we take pride in giving back.

Elanco’s Healthy PurposeTM Programs:

Our Healthy PurposeTM programs focus on food security and the human-animal bond. Both focuses align with our foundational beliefs and our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Through our program, we engage employees, connect with the communities where we live and work, and help provide global, sustainable solutions.

We know that our vision is best realized in collaboration with others. This is why we work alongside select global non-profits to achieve a bigger purpose.

Pet Partners®

Pet Partners® is a global non-profit organization that provides animal-assisted therapy and education to clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s and those approaching end of life. Elanco works with Pet Partners® to build therapy animal programs internationally and supports the training of handlers. To date, Elanco has helped expand the registration of Pet Partner® trainers and teams in 11 countries and aided the training and certification of more than 11,000 handlers across nine therapy animal species. For more information, click here.

Heifer International®

Through our 10-plus years of partnership with Heifer International®, Elanco has provided more than 35,600 animals to farmers in the Americas, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. We’ve led more than 10,000 hours of local training to help improve animal care practices, improve the nutrition for families, strengthen community and help farmers protect natural resources. For more information, click here.

East Africa Growth Accelerator

The East Africa Growth Accelerator is a shared value collaboration between Elanco and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation®. It helps farming families in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania increase livestock production by providing them with access to high-quality, reliable veterinary medicines and knowledge to combat livestock disease. For more information, click here.

Zambia/Copperbelt Rural Livelihood Enhancement Support Project Research

In partnership with Heifer International® and the University of Illinois, Elanco sponsored a multi-year, multi-part research effort in Zambia to better understand the crucial impact that access to meat, milk and eggs has on nutrition, food security and economic development. For more information, click here.

Purdue Human-Animal Bond Research

Working alongside the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Elanco is leading a four-year primary research study on the emotional and health benefits people receive from service dogs. For more information, click here.


Responsible Use of Antibiotics

The concern about reduced effectiveness of antibiotics is real and must be addressed. Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally over time. All those involved - the human, animal and environmental health communities - must take responsibility and work together to develop long-term, responsible solutions.

Elanco is committed to bringing greater clarity and collaboration to issues around antibiotic stewardship. We are actively engaged in shaping science-based recommendations on responsible antibiotic use, animal welfare, and the long-term sustainability of the food system. As part of this commitment, Elanco:

  • Released an aggressive, multifaceted 8-point plan in 2015 to combat antibiotic resistance.
  • Hosted the One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Summit in 2016, convening more than 200 global animal protein industry leaders to address antibiotic resistance and stewardship.
  • Has worked with more than 10,000 producers, veterinarians and food chain partners globally to help improve responsible use of antibiotics.
  • Supports the use of antibiotic alternatives such as vaccines, enzymes and probiotics by sharing aggregated disease prevention and early detection information.
  • Ceased marketing of growth-promotion uses for shared-class antibiotics.
  • Opened a Vaccines Innovation Center to research alternatives to antibiotics in food animals.

This holistic approach - a One Health approach to antibiotic resistance - is echoed by the authors of the newest peer-reviewed articles in the special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Elanco supported the NYAS by bringing together veterinary, public health, biotech and economic experts to discuss and provide science-based solutions to the growing concern of antimicrobial resistance in food animal production.

Results of the articles provide guidance in key areas regarding antibiotic stewardship. These include the development of appropriate antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance guidelines, allowing for the creation of more efficient solutions. Read each of the four papers, and a summarizing commentary, by visiting the NYAS site here.

Read more about this commitment and our progress in our Antibiotic Stewardship Progress Report.

The following resources provide more information about this commitment:

Elanco Antimicrobial Policy

Elanco's Antimicrobial Policy

Elanco Eight Point Plan

Elanco's Eight Point Plan

Antibiotics - The Basics

Antibiotics - The Basics

One Health Summit



In 2019, Elanco released its new corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform, Elanco's Healthy PurposeTM. This framework advances the well-being of animals, people and the planet, enabling us to realize our vision of food and companionship enriching life. Learn more about our programs and partnerships around the world in our 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Impact Report.

As part of Elanco's Healthy Purpose, we are evaluating current activities, exploring potential new CSR goals and key performance indicators. We remain committed to promoting food security and the power of the human-animal bond through the Elanco Foundation. The Elanco Foundation grants focus on companionship, food security and community projects.

Elanco reported 2018 CSR key performance indicators as part of Lilly's CSR report. We expect to issue our first independent CSR report in 2021.


Shared Value

We know that how we run our business has far more impact on society than our corporate philanthropy alone. That’s why we are investing in shared value initiatives, opening new markets while improving the lives of millions of people in a sustainable way.

Elanco launched its first shared value initiative, East Africa Growth Accelerator (EAGA), in 2017, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation®. Through this project, Elanco developed affordable, small-pack animal health products for small poultry and dairy farmers in East African countries, where livestock diseases remain a threat to food security.

Project teams register and distribute high-quality veterinary products and train smallholder farmers to better care for their animals through preventative care and proper medication administration.

Between now and 2050, more than half of the anticipated growth in global population is expected to occur in Africa (an estimated 1.3 billion people). The EAGA project allows us to enable farmers to become more productive and self-sufficient, which will reduce poverty, increase farmers’ income, and improve the diets and health of their families.

Read the CSE/Elanco report on Social Return of Investment for EAGA



At Elanco, we believe that healthier animals can be a solution to some of our world’s greatest challenges such as food security and nutrition, human health and well-being, and environmental sustainability. Our CSR framework, Elanco’s Healthy Purpose, was established to embody that belief through programs that advance the well-being of animals, people and the planet while empowering our people to make a difference to society. We believe animals are the X-Factor the world has been looking for. They’re that missing piece of the puzzle - the game-changing variable that will unlock solutions to these seemingly disconnected issues of physical, mental and environmental health.

Our civilization is technically more advanced than ever before, yet we still face fundamental global challenges in physical, mental and environmental health.

From obesity and malnourishment to social isolation and depression, the pressures on human health continue to mount while we also see civilization use more of our natural resources quicker than ever before.

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Nearly 40 percent of the global population over age 18 is overweight.1 Yet more than 10 percent suffer from malnourishment.2

We have more research than ever on what it takes to be healthy, but it’s never been more confusing.

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Social isolation and depression are at an all-time high. Over the past two decades, the average size of an American’s social circle has declined by more than a third.3

We’re more connected than ever before, yet more isolated.

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In 2018, we used resources 1.75 times faster than we could replenish them.4

We’re more aware of our environmental impact than ever before, but using our resources faster than ever.

At Elanco, we believe healthy animals are the X-Factor our world has been looking for – the unexpected, game-changing variable that unlocks solutions to the seemingly disconnected issues of physical, mental and environmental health.

Whether it’s the emotional connection we have with our dog, or the critical protein we get through milk, meat, fish and eggs, animals are central to our existence. From cats to cows, healthy animals are the key to solving some of our world’s most fundamental issues such as food security and nutrition, human health and well-being, and environmental sustainability.

With this knowledge, we have the opportunity to rediscover the power of healthy animals and their impact on some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Learn more here.

Rediscovering the Power of Healthy Animals Podcast

Join us on our journey as we discuss how healthy animals can unlock solutions to some of our greatest global issues like malnourishment, anxiety and resource scarcity. Elanco’s Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo will speak to industry experts to help us uncover why animals are the X-Factor.

Episode 1: Rediscovering the Power of Healthy Animals

Elanco President and CEO Jeff Simmons shares his perspective on how healthy animals can unlock solutions to some of our greatest global issues.

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Episode 2: Unpacking the Animal X-Factor - Impact on Physical Health

Elanco Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shabbir Simjee, discusses the role healthy animals play in improving people's physical health – whether by providing unique nutrients essential to both physical and cognitive development or by encouraging a more active, healthy lifestyle.

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Episode 3: Unpacking the Animal X-Factor – Impact on Mental Health

Elanco's Dr. Tony Rumschlag – an expert on companion animals and veterinary practices – sheds light on the surprising role animals have on our mental wellbeing, including decreasing stress and helping us make meaningful connections with those around us.

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Episode 4: Unpacking the Animal X-Factor: Impact on the Environment

Elanco Shared Value Consultant Maria Chavez discusses the importance of healthy animals when considering resource depletion and environmental preservation, highlighting Elanco's belief that animals are the original "recyclers" for our planet.

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Episode 5: Why Healthier Animals Matter

Dr. Ramiro Cabral, Executive Vice President of Elanco International, explains why improving the health of animals – from cats to cows – matters. Healthier animals leads to healthier people and a healthier planet.

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Episode 6: Gather Together: How Animals Bolster Social Connection, Health and Well-being

We're in a world where connectivity is everything. But studies show we're more socially isolated and lonely than ever. What will help us trade the faux connectivity for real face time? We believe the solution is right in front of us – our pets. On this week's episode, Pet Partners President and CEO Annie Peters, shares how animals have the ability to improve human health and well-being, and bolster social connection.

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Episode 7: The Power of Protein: How Animal and Plant-Based Proteins Differ

We have so much, often conflicting, information about nutrition at our finger tips. It's no surprise that there is more confusion than ever about what it takes to be healthy. To help us better learn more about the foods we're consuming, we're joined by industry expert and founder of Fruitful, Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling. In this episode, Alex unpacks current food trends, the nutrients available in different protein sources, and what to look for at the grocery store. Visit for more information.

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Episode 8: Good In, Good Out: Why Animal Health Matters for our Environment

Sustainability involves a delicate balance of environmental responsibility, social responsibility and economic viability. In this episode, Dr. Sara Place, Elanco's Chief Sustainability Officer, discusses how animal health can impact natural ecosystems, ruminant upcycling, and whether animal-free diets actually affect climate change. Visit for more information.

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Episode 9: Can You Feel the Love: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

We've all heard the saying "dog is a man's best friend" but what does science say about our bond with animals? Studies show that our pets and service animals can increase connection between humans by improving mental, social and emotional functioning. In this episode, Kerri Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate at the Purdue University Center for Human-Animal Bond, discusses the health benefits of companion animals.

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Episode 10: Animals Rediscovered Xpert Edition: Elanco's Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Animal Welfare Officer Discuss Coronavirus and Plant-Based Protein

What does the coronavirus tell us about our global, connected society? And can plant-based diets really impact climate change? In the latest Xpert Edition podcast episode, Elanco's Chief Medical Officer Shabbir Simjee, Chief Animal Welfare Officer Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo and Chief Sustainability Officer Sara Place dive into recent headlines bringing animal health front and center of the conversation.

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Episode 11: Let's Clear the Air: Debunking Common Misconceptions about Animals' Impact on the Environment

As people pay more attention to their environmental impact and aim to create a more sustainable world, it's important for them to know what's fact vs. fiction. Food animals are often cited as a major part of the environmental problem; however, healthy animals should be viewed as part of the solution. In this episode, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, a Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist at the University of California-Davis explains common misconceptions about animals' impact on the environment and research to reduce methane emissions.

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Episode 12: Protein During a Pandemic: Addressing Food Security Concerns During COVID-19

In the midst of COVID-19 and concerns about food security, animal-based proteins such as meat, milk and eggs are flying off grocery store shelves while manufacturing plants have been shut down to limit the spread of the virus among employees. Food banks are also experiencing a surge in demand as the ability to access affordable, nutritious food becomes a challenge for many families. In this episode, Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, Director of Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, explains how COVID-19 is impacting global food security and what it means for the future of our protein/food supply chain. This episode also features a conversation with Elanco Foundation grant recipients, Harvesters Community Food Network Chief Operating Officer Steve Davis and European Food Banks Federation President Jacques Vandenschrik, as they discuss the issues they're facing to meet food security needs during COVID-19.

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1WHO, Obesity and Diabetes.

2FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2019. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019.

3Pew Research Center, Social Isolation and New Technology.

4WWF, Earth Overshoot Day 2019.


Elanco Foundation

The Power of Animals. The Promise of Health.
The Potential for Change.

There is no better time than during an urgent philanthropic need to launch the newly created Elanco Foundation, setting the standard for the Foundation’s long-term approach.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elanco Foundation is donating to global and local food banks to help the food insecure access high quality protein. We are engaging our global employee workforce to donate to their local food banks, with matching gifts available through the Foundation.

We are postponing our Community and Innovation grants processes for 2020, outlined below, while we focus our attention on this urgent crisis. Directing grants to specific organizations globally will help make a collective impact today, and beyond.

To learn more about the Elanco Foundation, please read below.


We envision a world in which people live healthier lives through the power of animals.



To amplify Elanco’s impact through strategic philanthropy and partnerships that improve the well-being of people and animals.

Mission `

Focus Areas and Priorities

Food Security

Food Security

Animal Sourced Protein, Sustainable Farming

Human Animal Bond

Human Animal Bond

Service Dogs, Animal Assisted Interventions

Strong Communities

Strong Communities

Food Access, Pet Welfare

For details on our Focus Areas and Priorities, Click Here.

Grant Programs

To learn more about the Elanco Foundation’s Programs, click on the boxes below.

Innovation Grants

Large-scale, multi-year grants Invitation Only

Strong Community Grants

Smaller-scale, community-based Click Here to apply

Employee Programs

Unique Value Proposition

Unique Value Proposition