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Climate action

Following best practices grounded in science

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Our path to net-zero emissions

At CVS Health®, we understand that climate change affects human health. With increases in heat-related illnesses and mounting scientific evidence, we know the severity of the climate challenge is worsening each year. That’s why we’ve set a goal to reduce our overall environmental impact by at least 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Our net-zero target

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Changes to the Earth’s climate and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) can have direct effects on our health and well-being.

So CVS Health is taking steps to offset the amount of GHG produced by our operations. We’re proud to be one of the first companies in the world to have our net-zero targets validated by the Science-Based Targets Initiative’s (SBTi) net-zero methodology. This sets us on the path to achieve net-zero emissions from our direct operations by 2048 and across our value chain by 2050. We’re also committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.  

Our path to net-zero

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We recognize that our pharmacies, distribution centers, offices and other facilities are a significant source of energy consumption. That’s why we’re dedicated to integrating energy efficiency into new construction and retrofitting existing spaces to improve energy management.

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We’ve developed new policies aimed at driving climate progress. And we’ll continue to assess our company’s physical and transitional risks through the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures.

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Pesticides are one of the major causes of declining populations of important pollinators like birds, bats, insects and bees. We worked with the Sustainable Food Group (SFG) to understand pesticide risks and opportunities for improvement within our supply chain. In addition to protecting these vulnerable habitats, we’re proud to never test any store brand products on animals as part of our development process.

CVS Health is committed to sharing progress towards achieving our SBTi approved, net zero emissions goals. Please refer to our annual ESG Report to find relevant information pertaining to GHG emissions. This includes information documenting how our “net zero emission” goals were determined to be accurate; how interim progress toward our goal is being measured; disclosure of independent third-party verification of greenhouse gas emissions; identification of our science-based targets emissions reduction pathway; and disclosure of the relevant sector methodology and third-party verification used for our science-based targets and emissions reduction pathway.