Brand Promise & Core Values

Our Brand Promise

Eli Lilly and Company is a global health care leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world.

We were founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, who was committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet people’s needs. More than a century later, we are passionate about building on this precedent in our continued pursuit to make life better for individuals, communities, and the world around us.

Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and contribute to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

a team of colleagues

Our Core Values

For more than 140 years, the people of Lilly have approached our company’s business with a deep sense of responsibility to those we serve—patients, physicians and other health care providers, shareholders, suppliers, business partners, our employees, and the communities in which we live and work. Our actions are grounded in our core company values.

Three long-established core values guide us in all that we do:

  • Integrity: We embrace the very highest standards of honesty, ethical behaviour, and exemplary moral character
  • Excellence: We continually search for new ways to improve the performance of our business, and to become the best at what we do
  • Respect for people: We maintain an environment built on mutual respect and openness. Respect for people includes our concern for the interests of all people who touch—or are touched by—our company: customers, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers and communities