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Environment, health and safety

Pfizer’s purpose is to discover and develop breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. In support of this, our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance goes above and beyond compliance with regulatory and legal requirements, ensuring the health and well-being of our colleagues and the communities in which we operate.

We are continually looking for new or improved ways to lessen our impact on the environment and adapt to the evolving needs of society. We’re committed to taking care of our colleagues across the UK, as well as looking after the overall health and wellness of our world.

Greener Travel for Colleagues

Our corporate headquarters at Walton Oaks are built in the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 2018, we started a partnership with a local bus company to offer our staff a 'greener way' of travelling to and from our site from the surrounding areas. Additionally, colleagues based at our site in Discovery Park, Sandwich, continue to explore alternative ways of getting to work through their 'Ride Your Bike to Work' day and HASTE (Hazard, Awareness, Space, Time and Eco-Driving) road safety training.

Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry is the design, manufacture, and use of efficient, effective, safe, and environmentally friendly chemistry. Pfizer is committed to using processes that protect the environment as well as the health and safety of our colleagues, customers, and the communities where we live and work.

We have an expert team at our Sandwich site dedicated to designing processes around these Green Chemistry principles, including the use of more environmentally beneficial solvents and reagents. For example, all bulk waste solvent from the Process Development Facility is now recycled rather than being incinerated.


Waste reduction across all our offices, laboratories and manufacturing plants remains a priority. During 2019, we've introduced a number of initiatives which aim to remove or reduce the amount of single-use products. For example, our Walton Oaks site removed all single-use cutlery and plastic cups, as well as introducing more effective paper cup recycling.

Colleagues and visitors across our UK sites are encouraged to bring their own resuable cups and bottles through discount incentives and improved onsite facilities, helping us to reduce the amount of single-use products.  

Employee Health & Safety

Driving has been identified as one of the most dangerous activities our colleagues undertake. Our award-winning fleet safety programme focuses on protecting our colleagues and others in the communities we work. In particular, we aim to ensure that our colleagues are among the safest drivers on the road through better awareness and education around safe driving and vehicle maintenance.

We also recognise the importance of physical, mental and social well-being to enable our colleagues to thrive. In 2019, we introduced Mental Health First Aiders at all of our sites in the UK, as well as initiatives which encourage our colleagues to take care of themselves in the workplace and at home, such as on-site and online yoga classes.

Our specialist Occupational Health team is there to help Pfizer employees to have a healthier, safer and more productive work life. Their expertise, advice and support is available to all colleagues across our UK sites, regardless of whether they're based in an office, in a laboratory, on a production line or on the road.

Pfizer globally

By striving for environmental sustainability across all aspects of the organisation, Pfizer aims to mitigate climate change and its impact, minimising the environmental impact of our products and managing water resources.

Starting from a 2012 baseline, Pfizer is currently on track to reach it's environmental sustainability goals by 2020 in three areas that are core to our business: reducing carbon emissions by 20 percent, water use by 5 percent, and looking for innovative ways to minimise waste by 15 percent.

Since 2000, Pfizer has also achieved an overall 60 percent reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, continuing to meet its intended 2020 goals for GHG emissions.


PP-PFE-GBR-2128 / Nov 2019