At BD, we view sustainability as a portfolio of complementary initiatives and actions that combine to help us achieve our purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives. By melding the principles of sustainability, shared value, citizenship and philanthropy, we can maximize our benefit to society. We do 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 overall sustainability strategy.
We focus our sustainability efforts in five areas:
Guiding our Business with Good Governance and Ethics – All of our sustainability work begins and ends with a commitment to the most ethical business practices. Our sustainability efforts are governed by BD’s Management Committee, which maintains a dialogue with our stakeholders, our businesses and our associates about issues relevant to each group.
Addressing Unmet Health Needs – We work to address the world’s unmet health needs by collaborating with governments, international agencies and non-government organizations, and by deploying our products and institutional knowledge. We are making a lasting, positive impact in areas such as battling the HIV/AIDS and TB pandemics and strengthening health and laboratory systems in developing countries.
Ensuring the Safety and Environmental Performance of our Products – Maintaining the quality and safety of our products is paramount. We continually focus on social and environmental concerns from the quality and lifecycle of our products to the safety of patients and healthcare workers.
Protecting and Preserving the Environment – We focus our environmental thinking on improving the impact of our operations as well as our products. Sustainable operations and product stewardship have the greatest potential to help BD protect the environment and prepare for issues such as climate change and resource scarcity.
Making BD an Even Better Place to Work – In more than 50 countries around the world, nearly 30,000 BD associates work every day to help us achieve our purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives. In turn, we make every effort to ensure their health, safety and professional development.