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Sustainable development and environmental practices

What we do and why we do it

We have done a lot to reduce our footprint on the environment, and we would like to do more. We are seeking ways to prevent pollution, to reduce waste, and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. And we consider sustainability from a variety of angles–from the efficiency of our facilities to the design of our packaging and the distribution channels we use to get our products to a patient’s bedside.

Our facilities

Recycling and reuse

If something has a value, it should be used. When it cannot be reused, we look for ways to recycle.

Waste, energy, and water

Consumption and waste are not going away, but we always consider new options for reducing emissions, pollution, waste, and use of natural resources.

Architecture and construction

At the beginning of all construction projects, we consider new green building technologies, plan for reuse of materials and build to maximise efficiency of natural resources.

Our customers, partners, and communities

Ordering and shipping

We seek the most efficient balance of technology, time, and transportation to get products to patients in a way that minimises any negative impact on the environment.

Suppliers and distributors

Partnerships are a reflection of our own values, so we ask our business partners to follow the same standards we follow.


Communities are the foundation of our business. We are always looking to create positive, lasting impacts on job creation and the spirit of our communities by putting old buildings back to use.

Our products, packaging, and operations

Products and packaging

When it comes to products and packaging, we are committed to continuous improvement. We actively avoid and monitor restricted substances in our supply chain and are always looking for ways to remove nonessential features that generate excess waste.


Compliance to all applicable environmental health and safety laws and regulations is a baseline. When it is possible to do more, we do.


Regarding environmental health and safety, it is better to spend more time in the beginning making things right than to act retroactively. We are always working to prevent accidents that could endanger our employees and communities.

Read our global Social Impact & Sustainability Report for 2023