Our Priorities Safeguarding the Environment
Abbott works diligently to reduce our global environmental impacts – from the sourcing of raw materials, to the manufacture and distribution of our products, to the use and disposal of our products by patients, consumers and health care providers. Our environmental stewardship initiatives help protect the planet while improving efficiency, reducing costs and preserving our ability to do business in the future.
We have three environmental priorities:
- Climate change
- Water usage
- Product stewardship
We recognize the interrelated nature of these three priorities. Our work in one area inevitably affects the others. We have developed comprehensive management and governance systems to ensure that environmental considerations are fully integrated into our day-to-day planning and business processes.
2015 Goals and Performance Data
Our three environmental priorities are climate change adaptation, water conservation and product stewardship. We approach environmental stewardship by setting challenging goals for ourselves and then working to meet them. Our goals for 2015 are:
- A 15 percent reduction in absolute carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions from direct emissions or from sources we own or control and from the electricity we purchase, compared with 2005 levels
- A 50 percent reduction in total water intake (adjusted for growth)
- A 50 percent reduction in total waste (adjusted for growth)
By the end of 2011, we met each of these goals ahead of schedule. Looking toward the future and our company separation, we will evaluate Abbott’s multiyear environmental performance goals and targets – and develop appropriate environmental stewardship strategies – for each of our two future independent companies.
Note: All data in the Global Citizenship section reflects activities prior to the separation of Abbott and AbbVie on January 1, 2013.