IDA’s team is driven by our mission to be a vital link that provides access to medicines and medical goods to countries in need. Working within a strong network of suppliers and healthcare providers, this allows us to make a difference in the lives of millions of patients in over 130 low- and middle-income countries worldwide.

In developing IDA’s strategy, we use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as our inspiration. SDG3: ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ is of course particularly relevant to IDA’s work, but we believe that we can create most value by looking at all SDGs to see where we can have the biggest impact. As we work towards our mission, we believe that this should never be at the cost of human rights, fair labour practices and the environment. We are committed to ensuring we fulfil our mission in a responsible and sustainable manner and add value where possible.


This is affirmed in IDA’s Code of Conduct, which guides our employees and stakeholders to make the right decisions in the performance of our daily business. This ensures that we act with integrity, respect for the law and in line with IDA’s core values. Our Code of Conduct has an umbrella function, referring to related policies on human rights, anti-corruption, occupational health & safety (labour) and environmental sustainability.

The three Pillars

IDA Foundation's Sustainability Strategy has identified three pillars: People, Purpose and Planet. Different topics derived from the Sustainable Development Goals in these different categories are more, or to a lesser extent, relevant for IDA Foundation. The category Purpose relates to IDA’s mission of bridging the gap in access to medicines and to the achievement of universal health coverage as a long-term goal. We do this by assuring the highest quality, by strengthening local capacity and by creating awareness around topics related to universal health coverage. The category People focuses on the health, wellbeing and safety of people in our organisation, in our supply chain and the people that are end-users of our medicines and medical supplies. The category Planet revolves around our responsibilities when it comes to supply chain and waste management, efficient sourcing and the reducing of greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Global Compact

In 2018, IDA Foundation joined the UN Global Compact, a UN initiative uniting more than 12,000 organisations from over 140 countries. As a signatory, we commit ourselves to 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. We see these principles as a logical extension of our values and Code of Conduct and have taken our affiliation with UN Global Compact as an opportunity to further incorporate meaningful developments into our day-to-day operations. A more detailed summary of IDA’s approach to sustainability, as well as our future ambitions and targets, can be found in our Communication on Engagement 2020.

Read more about milestones in our Sustainability journey in our blogs:

Previous Sustainability Reports (Communication on Engagement - UN Global Compact):