Looking to the future, Creating Shared Value remains a fundamental guiding principle for how we do business. The health of our company is intrinsically linked to the health and resilience of the society we operate in; this is why our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.
Our focus areas are firmly embedded in our purpose. Individuals and families, our communities and the planet as a whole are interconnected, and our efforts in each of these areas are supported through our 42 specific commitments, the vast majority of which have been reframed and feature objectives to 2020. These commitments will, in turn, enable us to meet our ambitions for 2030 in line with the timescale of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our purpose and timetable allow us to take Creating Shared Value a step further, while adhering to our fundamental belief that our business will be successful in the long term by creating value for both our shareholders and for society as a whole. Our positive impact on society focuses on enabling healthier and happier lives for individuals and families, on helping the development of thriving and resilient communities and, finally, on stewarding the planet’s natural resources for future generations, with particular care for water.
As we move into a new period in our company’s history, we will continue to evolve and strengthen our approach to Creating Shared Value as the way we do business, ensuring that its thinking continues to inform all our behaviour, policies and actions.