Sustainability at BD


View a video about our vision for sustainability. 

At BD, we view sustainability as a portfolio of complementary initiatives and actions that help us achieve our purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives. Melding sustainability, shared value, citizenship and philanthropy maximizes our benefit to society. We achieve this by applying the most appropriate resources and skills to any challenge, anywhere we do business. The principle of shared value — creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society — is fundamental to our global sustainability strategy. 

We focus our sustainability efforts in five areas: 

Meeting Unmet Health Needs. This is our fundamental mission and why we exist. We work to address the world’s unmet health needs wherever we do business. We do so by deploying our products and institutional knowledge in collaboration with national, regional and local governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  Everything else we do supports our efforts to succeed in this area of focus. 

Ensuring Good Governance and Ethics.  We commit to follow the most ethical business practices. BD’s Management Committee governs our sustainability efforts, and it maintains a dialogue with our stakeholders, businesses and associates about issues relevant to each.

Product Safety and Performance. Maintaining the quality and safety of our products is paramount. We focus continually on social and environmental concerns – from the quality and life cycle of our products to the safety of patients, healthcare workers and communities.

Protecting the Environment. We concentrate our efforts on reducing the environmental impact of our operations and products. Sustainable operations and product stewardship are vital to helping BD protect the environment and prepare for such challenges as climate change and resource scarcity.

Making BD an Even Better Place to Work.  In more than 50 countries, nearly 30,000 BD associates work toward achieving our purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives. We know that our long-term success depends on our making every effort to ensure their health, safety and professional development.