Aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 to deliver the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They aim to end poverty, fight inequalities and protect the environment.

Hikma supports the SDGs and in 2017, we selected six goals to focus on that are aligned with our business and values. 

Learn more about the UN SDGs here


Our purpose is to provide high-quality pharmaceutical products in an inclusive and affordable way. By emphasizing quality and accessibility, we ensure that our products benefit people around the world and contribute to health and wellbeing.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 3, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

3.3

By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

3.4

By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

3.c

Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States


Support for education is intrinsic to our sustainability strategy. We are committed to providing our people with opportunities to realise their full potential through continuous learning and development. We also work to support our communities and disadvantaged groups where we operate. This commitment includes improving access to education resources supporting education and supporting programmes in schools and universities around the world.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 4, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

4.1

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes

4.2

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education

4.3

By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university

4.4

By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.5

By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

4.6 

By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy

 4.a

Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


Support for gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key part of our commitment to both our local communities and our employees. A culture of diversity and inclusion. We continue to develop programmes and initiatives to promote women’s empowerment and inclusive socio-economic growth within Hikma and our local communities.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 5, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

5.1

End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

5.5

Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

5.b

Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

Read more about our contributions to gender equality here


Our employees are our most important asset. To support them positively and fairly, we work to ethical and inclusive employment policies and we hire and promote based on merit and achievement. We are also committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment. We engage with our suppliers to monitor their compliance with universal human rights principles.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 8, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

8.2

Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors

8.3

Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

8.5

By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

8.6

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

8.7

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

8.8

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment


We have locations in over 50 countries, including 29 manufacturing plants and 7 R&D centres across four continents. This global presence combined with our investment in R&D – which totalled $147 million in 2018 – contributes towards employment and industrialisation across our organisation.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 9, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

9.4

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

9.5

Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending

9.6

Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities


We recognise the urgent need to act on climate change and to do our bit in reducing energy use and emissions. This is part of our commitment to monitoring and minimising our environmental impacts. We continue to make progress with efficiency improvements and water management.

Amongst the targets related to Goal 13, our work particularly supports:

   

Target

 

13.3

Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning