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Sustainability is better business

Last year, we began a new journey to a more sustainable business. We launched our refreshed Group Sustainability Strategy, which both drives and is driven by our Group Business Strategy. This ensures that the three main aspects of sustainability – economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental stewardship – are tackled together.

Our sustainability strategy is closely aligned to our Group business strategy

Our sustainability vision

We envision a world in which healthcare professionals have access to the solutions they need to help patients restore their health, engage in society, enhance the environment and improve their wellbeing.

To realise our ambition, we have set 2020 targets that will help us to achieve the ten aspirational goals we have developed for sustainability.

Our 10 long-term aspirational goals

Putting people first

1. Zero work-related injuries and illnesses across the value chain

5. Ethical Business Practices: All activities are conducted in compliance with applicable International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, involve no environmental degradation, and are free from corruption.

6. Zero Product-related and service-related patient injuries.

7. Robust social responsibility programmes that contribute to the attraction and retention of top talent.

9. Strategic risks and opportunities are understood and business activities are aligned to risk appetite.

Delivering products with a redced footprint

2. Water: Total water impacts of our products and solutions are balanced with local human and ecosystem needs.

3. Waste: All materials are either shipped as part of product or returned for beneficial use.

4. Carbon: 80% absolute reduction in total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

8. Products and services are aligned to market economic, social and environmental expectations and anticipate future market conditions:

  • All products have identified and clearly described sustainability attributes
  • R&D and NPD processes deliver environmental, social, and healthcare economically advantaged innovations.

10. Environmental, social and economic impacts of (1) potential acquisitions, (2) technologies to be extended to Emerging Markets, (3) innovative business models, (4) cost of quality reduction initiatives and (5) manufacturing siting, functional optimisation and site utilisation alternatives are fully understood and appropriately balanced.

Sustainability report 2017

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