Creating a Culture of Citizenship > Citizenship at Abbott Public Policy Engagement
Abbott works to help governments and regulatory bodies understand our viewpoints on major health care issues and to learn from them about the needs of their communities, so that we can work together to better the lives of patients. We believe our role in accomplishing this includes meeting with and briefing policymakers, convening forums and discussions and contributing information and expertise.
An innovative online training program created by Abbott in Italy addresses diversity and work-life harmony issues for women, with particular focus on supporting employees preparing for the birth of a baby. The Italian government adopted the program for widespread use.
In late 2011, Abbott scientist Jennifer M. Jones, Ph.D., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Dr. Jones spotlighted her experiences in sharing scientific discovery with young people through educational programs sponsored by the Abbott Fund.
Abbott is committed to participating in public policy discussions that have the potential to impact our patients, our employees and our ability to continue to produce new medical advances. We engage with governments, think tanks, trade associations, patient groups and other organizations around the world to find policy solutions to the complex issues that challenge health care systems. It is our responsibility to help governments and regulatory bodies understand Abbott’s viewpoints on major health care issues and to learn from them about the needs of their communities, so that we can work together to better the lives of patients. We believe our role in accomplishing this includes meeting with and briefing policymakers, convening forums and discussions and contributing information and expertise.
We support trade associations and other membership organizations that understand how government actions can affect patients’ access to medical advances and that will work to promote an environment that fosters continued medical progress. Collaboration and cooperation with a wide array of people and organizations are critical to meeting the needs of patients today. When we work with other constituencies, we are better able to advance policies that are consistent with Abbott’s values.
We strive to align with organizations whose overall advocacy platform demonstrates values that mirror our own. An organization’s membership and robust governance process collectively drive the development of individual positions. We pride ourselves on taking an active role in our trade associations, expressing our opinions and making the case for the positions we believe will produce the most appropriate policy outcomes. We work to have a strong voice at the table, even if ultimately we may not be able to control the outcomes.
Abbott’s public policy engagement is guided by the following principles:
- Abbott is committed to transparency and is guided by our Code of Business Conduct in all public policy engagement.
- All activities shape policies to benefit patients, with a focus on improving patient access to new medical advances.
Abbott also participates in the political process by contributing to state and local candidates and political organizations. Our Government Affairs team reviews and approves all corporate political contributions to ensure they are consistent with the company’s guidelines and are in compliance with applicable laws. More information can be found in our most recent disclosure report.
Note: All data in the Global Citizenship section reflects activities prior to the separation of Abbott and AbbVie on January 1, 2013.