Since our founding in 1954, Elanco’s commitment to animal welfare, companionship and sustainable agriculture has gone far beyond the products we sell. Elanco is committed to bringing expertise through science-based insights into some of animal health’s most pressing and discussed issues. With a team of 6,500 people worldwide, including more than 500 leading scientists and researchers, Elanco employs an evidence-based approach to leading a dialogue around relevant, timely topics such as:
Earth's resources are finite and take time to regenerate—and we only have one planet Earth. Our rate of demand on them matters. It currently takes 1.6 years to regenerate the resources we consume annually, and our habits have only been increasing1 this unsustainable number. If we continue on this course, by 2030, it will take two years to regenerate the resources we consume in just one year.
Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which we can coexist with nature in harmony. In a sustainable world, the social, environmental and economic requirements of the present population are met in ways that protect the world and will feed future generations.
We assess sustainability by three pillars: economic viability, environmental soundness, and social responsibility. Learn more about these pillars here.
1 Earth Overshoot Day. Home Page. Retrieved from http://www.overshootday.org/
Elanco is dedicated to safeguarding animal welfare and respect for animals around the world. Our products should complement good animal care, not replace it. We are most effective when we look at animal welfare as a whole, beyond the role that our products play.
That’s why we work with a diverse group of animal health experts. We consider how feed, living conditions, medications, and other factors influence animal welfare. We share what we learn with people around the world, empowering people to act for animals. And, we support and work within the principles of animal welfare as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)2. Elanco applies these principles throughout our business practices, from product development to the responsible use of our products and services. Respect for animals means taking responsibility for our role in safeguarding their welfare and supporting food and companionship that enriches lives.
2 "Animal welfare is defined as how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and appropriate veterinary treatment, shelter, management and nutrition, humane handling and humane slaughter." OIE, 2015. http://www.oie.int/index.php?id=169&L=0&htmfile=chapitre_aw_introduction.htm
The population of the earth is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by the year 20503. That’s an additional 2 billion people who will drive increased demand for animal-sourced foods such as meat, milk, and eggs up by 60 percent. Elanco believes everyone has a right to nutritious, affordable, available food, and we’re working to protect that right. We must employ best management practices and available solutions to ensure everyone has access to nutritious, affordable protein—today and in the coming decades. To learn more about the issue of food security and what you can do to help, read the ENOUGH report.
3 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects. 2015. Retrieved from http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Publications/Files/Key_Findings_WPP_2015.pdf
Elanco recognizes and celebrates the bond between pets and their owners, and is dedicated to enabling veterinarians to help pets live longer, healthier, high-quality lives through innovative products. A growing body of evidence supports the health benefits of the human-animal bond, showing that pet owners have lower blood pressure, heart rates, triglycerides and blood cholesterol.4 Elanco supports ongoing research into understanding the benefits and mechanisms of the bond between people and their pets, and supports programs that enrich the human-animal bond.
4 http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/can-pets-help-you-live-longer, 29 Nov 2013.
Our world is connected. Health is no exception. To achieve a future where everyone can live and thrive, human health, environmental health and animal health must all be optimized.
One Health is the ecosystem in which healthy people, a healthy environment and healthy animals work in balance for a healthier world. Healthy animals limit potential for disease spread, support livelihoods and provide nutrient-rich meat, milk and eggs to nourish and support human health. Healthy animals are also efficient animals that limit resource use, protecting our planet. In fact, the majority of land used for livestock grazing is unsuitable for crop production – due to terrain and soil type, among other reasons.
Pursuing a One Health approach to some of our toughest global challenges starts with knowing how the health of people, the planet and animals are already connected.
We all deserve a functional food system. We all deserve healthier options. At Elanco, we believe in a food system that ensures access to healthy, nutritious food to those who want and need it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of three people in developing countries suffer from vitamin and nutrient deficiencies that cause stunting, blindness, anemia, reduced immunity and other conditions impact long-term health1. Elanco empowers farmers and food producers to address the global challenges of a diverse, changing world.
At Elanco, we believe:
We also believe we can’t achieve this change alone. We must collaborate and work together across the food system, and we must include farmers. Too often, conversations about food policy and practices happen without the voice of the farmer at the table. Notable innovators, farmers are continually looking for new and improved ways to sustainably produce food, and have developed unique expertise through hands-on experience. Dictating practices encourages compliance to a single approach, and could hamstring innovation at the farm level. Setting outcomes and goals encourages innovation and new approaches to create desired results, respecting the uniqueness and differences in local resources, animals and people.
There is a bright future for animals, for food, for people and for our planet, but we have to continue to improve the way in which we produce food.
1 World Health Organization. WHO Global Database on Anemia. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/vmnis/database/anaemia/countries/en/
Antibiotics are one way, but not the only way, that farmers keep their animals healthy. Farmers and veterinarians use many methods to keep animals healthy, such as providing carefully balanced diets to keep animals’ immune systems strong and having clean, comfortable, well-maintained housing. But because bacteria and other microbes are constantly evolving and found everywhere in the environment, it’s virtually impossible to prevent animals from being exposed to disease. This is true whatever management system is used, whether it is cattle kept on open ranges, or pigs and poultry housed indoors.
However, the concern over reduced effectiveness of antibiotics is real and needs to 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 to issues around antibiotic stewardship and engaging in collectively shaping science-based recommendations on responsible use, animal welfare, and the long term sustainability of the food system. Last June, leaders from across human and animal health gathered at the U.S. White House to further antibiotic stewardship and protect long-term effectiveness of antibiotics. Building on the collaboration created at that event, Elanco has developed an aggressive, multifaceted plan to combat antibiotic resistance, which includes significant research investment and a landmark, first-of-its-kind One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Summit for global animal protein industry and food chain leaders.
Read an update tracking Elanco’s progress against its Antibiotic Stewardship Plan unveiled last year. The plan is focused on improving responsible antibiotic use; decreasing the need for shared-class antibiotics; and bringing treatment alternatives for livestock producers to replace shared-class antibiotics while keep animals healthy.