Submitted by Baxter International Inc.
October 22, 2007 - Baxter was recently recognized by the Climate Disclosure Project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs for leadership in environmental initiatives and excellence in manufacturing. Additionally, Baxter's recent support of global health and relief efforts has helped individuals coping with natural disasters, disease and political upheaval. Further information about Baxter's sustainability activities can be found on http://sustainability.baxter.com.
Baxter Named to Climate Disclosure Leadership Index
Baxter was named "best in class" by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a coalition of 315 institutional investors with $41 trillion in assets. Baxter showed distinction in reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies and was placed among 68 "Financial Times 500" companies on the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Climate Disclosure Leadership Index members are distinguished by their climate leadership, their awareness of the risks and opportunities associated with climate change, as well as the quality and effectiveness of programs put in place to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Baxter Advances on U.S. EPA Green Power Partner list
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its updated Fortune 500 Green Power Partner Challenge list, with Baxter ranked at number 24 of 49 companies based on green power usage. Baxter's total purchase of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates is equivalent to 20.5 million kilowatt hours of Baxter’s total annual domestic electricity usage.
Baxter Recognized by Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have named Baxter as one of the recipients of the first DoD/VA Award for Healthcare Product Data Quality. Baxter received a 2007 Leader Award for exceeding data quality requirements at the item level including coverage, completeness of packaging, and frequency of updates. The award acknowledges manufacturers that recognize the importance of consistent data and are leading efforts in the industry to define the role of suppliers in data synchronization efforts.
Baxter Supports Communities in Need Globally
Baxter's recent support of global health and relief efforts has helped individuals coping with natural disasters, disease and political upheaval. In August and September, Baxter's partnership with AmeriCares helped to provide product support and emergency aid after an earthquake devastated the central coast of Peru and a cholera outbreak affected northern Iraq. Baxter’s partnership with Direct Relief International helped the organization to assist with the ongoing restructuring of the healthcare system in South Sudan and provide medical aid to thousands of individuals vulnerable to the Dengue Fever and pneumonia epidemics in El Salvador.
Baxter's commitment to sustainability spans three decades. The company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and 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. To learn more about Baxter's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.baxter.com/sustainability.
Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), 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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