Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, such as climate change, water scarcity, degradation of ecosystems, and natural resources depletion. According to the World Economic Forum's The Global Risks Report 2018,33 the environment was by far the greatest concern raised by experts for the second year in a row, with extreme weather events seen as the single most prominent risk.
We expect some of these environmental challenges to impact the well-being of those we serve, and they may pose risks to our business. As a global manufacturer, we recognize our role in helping to conserve and protect natural resources. As a leader in the healthcare industry, we know that human health is inextricably linked to the health of the planet – we can’t have healthy people and communities without a healthy environment. To this end, we are committed to marshaling our expertise, resources and partnerships to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations, our products and our extended supply chain to unlock change at the rate and scale needed to help make better health a reality for more people, in more places.
Our approach to environmental stewardship includes:
- Optimizing our operations through improvements in water and energy use efficiency, reduction in carbon footprint, and prevention and reduction of waste from our facilities.
- Reducing lifecycle impacts of our products and solutions by focusing on sustainable design, material use efficiency, reduction in product packaging, and managing product end-of-life impacts.
- Supporting our suppliers in making environmental improvements in their own businesses and respective supply chains.
- Partnering with stakeholders to influence change on a broader scale.
The strategy is led by our global Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) organization, headed by our Vice President, EHS&S. This organization partners with the business segments and many functions across the enterprise to drive environmental sustainability in our manufacturing processes, extended value chain, and our products themselves. We also partner with consumers, advocacy groups, governments and other stakeholder groups to make meaningful impact on global challenges, including climate change, deforestation, pharmaceuticals in the environment, and plastic waste.
For more information about our management approach, see EHS&S Governance.
33 World Economic Forum, The Global Risks Report 2018: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GRR18_Report.pdf