Submitted by Baxter International Inc.
DEERFIELD, IL - September 12, 2007 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) announced today that it has been named 2007 Medical Products Industry Leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America). This marks the ninth consecutive year that the company has been listed in the DJSI and the sixth year the company has been named Medical Products Industry Leader since the launch of the DJSI in 1999.
Baxter's leadership position resulted from best scores across a number of performance areas including bioethics, codes of conduct, environmental performance and policy/management, talent attraction and retention, and social and environmental reporting.
"We're proud to be recognized again for our commitment to a range of activities that help ensure a sustainable world," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter's chairman and chief executive officer. "As a global corporation, we believe that we have a responsibility to balance society's current and future needs with the goals of the business."
The Dow Jones Sustainability indices, derived from the Dow Jones Global Index, are the world's first benchmarks tracking the financial performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI World Index tracks the financial performance of the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies in the Dow Jones Global Index in terms of social, economic and environmental performance. The DJSI North America Index includes the top 20 percent in each of 57 sectors out of the largest 600 North American companies in the Dow Jones Global Index.
In addition to Baxter's inclusion in the DJSI, the company has been recognized by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the United States and by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. Baxter is a member of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, the Business Environmental Leadership Council of the Pew Center on Global Climate Exchange, the Chicago Climate Exchange, the U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders, the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment. Baxter endorses the Ceres principles and is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative.
Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other conditions. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.
At Baxter, sustainability means creating lasting social, environmental and economic value by addressing the needs of the company’s wide-ranging stakeholder base. The company's sustainability efforts support Baxter's mission to apply innovative science in the development of products and therapies that save and sustain patients' lives.
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