The following information represents Abbott’s policies and standards, which guide our business decisions, ethical conduct and commitment to the environment. We strive for transparency by providing information on policies and standards applicable to each priority area. Additional information can be found throughout the 2011 Global Citizenship Report.
Promise for Life
Abbott’s Promise for Life is a statement that describes – for our customers, our communities, our shareholders and all of our stakeholders – what we believe in, what we value, and what we strive to deliver in our day-to-day work.
Code of Business Conduct
Abbott’s basic guidelines and requirements for ethical behavior are set forth in the Abbott Code of Business Conduct.
Abbott suppliers are required to read and agree to our Supplier Guidelines, which set forth our expectations in a wide variety of areas.
Animal Welfare Policy
Abbott animal research efforts are guided by our Global Animal Welfare Policy . Animals shall be treated humanely, minimizing pain and distress. Before beginning work with Abbott, contract and collaborating laboratories must be accredited by AAALAC, and/or their laboratory animal care and use programs must be assessed by Abbott veterinary staff or animal welfare officers and approved by the Corporate Animal Welfare Committee. After the work begins, Abbott monitors suppliers for compliance with our Global Animal Welfare Policy on a periodic basis. For more information about Abbott’s animal welfare activities, click here.
Abbott’s environmental policy aims and achieves targeted objectives, including requiring contractors working on behalf of Abbott to conform to regulatory requirements and meet applicable internal Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) standards.
Abbott’s energy policy sets aggressive goals to further reduce our environmental footprint, including our commitments to dramatically reducing CO2e emissions.
Abbott’s water policy details our commitments to improving access to clean water in communities around the world and to reducing and efficiently managing our company’s own use of water.
Green Procurement Policy
Abbott’s green procurement policy formalizes our approach and provides guidance on incorporating sustainable sourcing principles into the purchasing process.
EHS Technical Standards
Abbott’s EHS technical standards allow Abbott to have consistent technical expectations in all of our sites around the world.
Global Environment Health and Safety Policy
Abbott’s EHS policy requires that we operate in a manner that promotes employee health while also protecting the environment.
Environmental Assurance Statement
Abbott engaged an environmental consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), to conduct an assurance of its greenhouse gas emissions data, water and waste data, as well as the related management systems.
Anti-Corruption Training Guide for Companies Doing Business with Abbott
Abbott is committed to conducting business in an ethical and legally compliant manner and adheres to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act, and other applicable anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. Abbott requires that all companies with whom it does business or which may act on Abbott’s behalf (“third parties”) act in accordance with these laws. View a brief overview of the Anti-Corruption Training Guide for Companies Doing Business with Abbott.
Click here to view a brief overview of the Anti-Corruption Training Guide for Companies Doing Business with Abbott.
Note: All data in the Global Citizenship section reflects activities prior to the separation of Abbott and AbbVie on January 1, 2013.