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Environment, health and safety

Pfizer believes that a sustainable future is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of colleagues and the communities it touches. Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) performance goes above and beyond compliance with regulatory and legal requirements.

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. We provide a range of options to colleagues to help meet our staff travelling to site to ‘travel green’.

  • Free shuttle buses to local towns and train stations
  • ‘Car Share Buddy’ scheme
  • Dedicated parking for those who motorbike or cycle to work

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.


Waste reduction across all our offices, laboratories and manufacturing plants remains a priority. In 2016, the waste we sent for recycling or incineration from our Walton Oaks site saved the equivalent of 28 tonnes of carbon dioxide, or 315 trees.

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.

Our specialist Occupational Health team is there to help employees to have a healthier, safer and more productive life at work, and at home. 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, minimizing the environmental impact of our products and managing water resources.

Pfizer’s environmental sustainability goals focus on three areas that are core to our business: reducing carbon emissions, increasing water efficiency and looking for innovative ways to minimize waste. For example, Pfizer has had two successful Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals which resulted in reductions of GHG emissions by roughly half from 2000 to 2014.

PP-PFE-GBR-0660 / Sept 2017