Impact and dependencies assessment
The company has not holistically assessed its impacts or how it depends on nature, including biodiversity. It has an opportunity to start such an assessment across its value chains, focused on quantification of its impacts or dependencies.
Key areas and species
The company does not disclose key species or areas important for biodiversity affected by its operations or suppliers. It has an opportunity to increase its transparency.
Ecosystem conversion and restoration
The company does not disclose a commitment or activities to ensure zero conversion in its own operations or its supply chains. While the company discloses a 70% sustainably-sourced paper by 2025 target, no evidence that the company has time-bound conversion-free targets on all of its relevant high-risk commodities or across all material realms (land, freshwater and marine) could be found in the public domain. The company does not disclose a commitment or activities to minimise ecosystem conversion. The company does not disclose a commitment to restore ecosystems. The company does not disclose details and outcomes of ecosystem restoration projects in areas affected by its own operations or by its suppliers.
Resource exploitation and circularity
No evidence was found regarding the company’s efforts to work towards a circular economy or which organisms it exploits. The company has an opportunity to develop a strategy and publicly report on specific, time-bound targets. The company does not disclose efforts to improve soil health.
Gilead Sciences discloses an increase in water usage between 2019 and 2020 and while it has a water usage reduction target, no evidence it has reported against it could be found in the public domain. The company does not report how much water is withdrawn for its own operations in water-stressed areas nor on how it engages with suppliers to reduce water withdrawal. The company does not disclose relevant information related to water pollution, in its operations or supply chains. The company does not disclose a commitment to respect the right to water nor its processes for implementing preventive and corrective action plans for identified specific risks to the right to water and sanitation in its own operations.
Solid and air pollution
Gilead Sciences does not disclose relevant information related to pollution in its operations or supply chains. However, the company its performance data regarding hazardous waste, which shows an increase between 2019 and 2020.
The company discloses an increase in its combined Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions between 2019 and 2020. The company has a time-bound target to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions. The company is reducing its scope 3 emissions. The company has a time-bound target to reduce its scope 3 emissions. The company reports progress against its scope 3 emissions target.
The company has not identified any activities that could lead to the introduction of invasive alien species in its own operations.