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.



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 represents an evolution of the One Health commitment and supports our holistic CSR initiatives.

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 planned launch of the Elanco Foundation later this year. The Elanco Foundation grants will focus on companionship, food security and community projects.

Elanco reported 2018 CSR key performance indicators as part of Lilly’s CSR report. We will issue our first independent CSR report in 2020.


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.



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.

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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.

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.