Purpose & Core Values


Our Purpose

Eli Lilly and Company is a global health care leader that unites caring with discovery to create medicines that 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 people who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and contribute to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

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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 conduct our business consistently with all applicable laws and are honest in our dealings with customers, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers, competitors and the community.

  • Excellence: We pursue pharmaceutical innovation, provide high quality products and strive to deliver superior business results.

  • Respect for people: Respect for people: We maintain an environment built on mutual respect, openness and individual integrity. Respect for people includes our concern for all people who touch—or are touched by—our company: customers, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers and communities.