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Shire Global

Our Approach

Responsibility has always been embedded in our business – we have never separated it from our daily activities, decisions and relationships. Our primary responsibility is to our patients and in developing and helping them access the medicines they need. Taking an ethical and responsible approach that is in the best interest of our patients underpins our daily activities.

Although we give the areas of responsibility related to our patients special attention, we have other important responsibilities, to our people, to our planet, and in our interactions with our partners. Together, these make up our four pillars of responsibility. 


We put patients at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to improving the lives of those with rare diseases and other speciality conditions by developing and improving access to innovative treatments that meet their needs. We also have a responsibility to build awareness of the conditions we treat.



We understand that our success as a business is dependent on a patient-focused high-performing workforce. With our increasing global footprint it is crucial that we create a safe and engaging culture that celebrates diversity and promotes the development and well-being of all our staff around the world.



We have a responsibility to protect the environment and the communities where we work and live. We are committed to effective environmental management as this is an important part of creating a sustainable business.



We believe that strong partnerships area vital part of the way we do business. We have a responsibility to build and maintain positive, supportive relationships with our partners and suppliers, including the communities where we operate.


Access to Medicines

We have a responsibility to continually improve access to our therapies for patients around the world. We do this by focusing in three areas: availability, accessibility and affordability. Read more about our programs at

Disease Awareness

Disease awareness is especially important for Shire because the conditions our products treat are often extremely rare or not well understood. It is our responsibility therefore to share our expertise and provide balanced, reliable and scientifically sound information to improve understanding and appreciation of difficult and life-altering conditions.


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