Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2022

Our Sustainability Strategy

Our sustainability strategy is based around four pillars: Business; Community; Environment; and People. We have committed to a long term strategy to reach net zero emissions by no later than 2050, backed by science based tagets across the entire value chain.


Our Strategic Priority:

A great and safe place to work.

Our Community

Our Strategic Priority:

: To contribute to the social and economic welfare of the local communities in which we operate through the giving of our time, products and cash donations.

Our Environment

Our Strategic Priority:

We are committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment by adopting responsible environmental practices and complying with applicable environmental legislations, by achieving zero to landfill by 2025 and net zero emissions by 2050.

Our Business

Our Strategic Priority:

To provide sustainable innovative products, technical and educational support and to act responsibly and with integrity with all stakeholders.

Our Materiality Assessment

We have conducted a sustainability materiality assessment for the first time this year to identify the most important sustainability topics to us as a business and to our stakeholders.

The results of this assessment have helped shape our sustainability strategy, drive our engagement with stakeholders and prioritise areas of focus and target setting whilst guiding our reporting and disclosure in this area moving forward. For further information please read our Sustainability Report.


  • Our Business

  • Our Community

  • Our Environment

  • Our People

Sustainability Overview

ESG PillarSustainability TopicFocus AreaObjectiveTarget (s)Status
BusinessAnimal Health and WelfareEthical and sustainable productsDevelop and promote products to improve animal health and welfare sustainablyInvest 5% to 6% of revenue on product development per annum

BusinessCustomer SatisfactionSupporting veterinary professionalsMaintain and improve the knowledge and skills of veterinariansProvide 100 000 CPD hours per annum

BusinessTrust and TransparencyEthicsActing with Act with honesty and integrityPerform value chain sustainability assessment by June 2030

PeopleWage PolicyFair Employment PracticesComply with national legal requirements regarding wages and working hoursLiving Wage Employer or equivalent by 2022

PeopleHuman RightsSafe Working PracticesReinforce health and safety practices, with a culture of zero harmZero lost time accidents

PeopleEquality in the WorkspaceFair Employment PracticesEliminate the gender pay gapIncrease the number of women in senior and technical roles

EnvironmentIntegrated Climate StrategyEmissions, Land & Water and BiodiversityReduce GHG emissions and waste to landfill, use water responsibly and protect biodiversityAchieve net-zero by latest 2050. Initial target is 25% reduction by 30 June 2025

EnvironmentWaste ManagementCircularityRecover, reduce, recycle, reuseZero to landfill by June 30, 2025

EnvironmentPlastic LeakageResponsible SourcingImplement sustainable packaging and decrease plastic usage100% FSC paper by June 2023 and review full product range by June 2025

CommunityCommunity InvolvementCommunity ActivitiesThe donation of time, products and skills to local charities100,000 community hours by 30 June 2030

CommunityPhilanthropic ActivitiesCommunity DonationsEstablish Regional Giving Committees to
allow our people to make a difference locally
£5 million donated in cash or products by June 2030

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Our response to climate change

We believe that companies should be transparent about how they plan to mitigate and be resilient in the face of climate change. Therefore, we support efforts, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), to increase transparency and to promote stakeholders understanding of companies’ strategies to respond to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Download a PDF about TCFD

Visit our dedicated online
Sustainability Report

We are making a difference through the sustainable
improvement in global animal health and welfare.

Our Sustainability Report

View our online Sustainability Report