At Abbott, we have reported on our citizenship activities for almost 15 years and have produced annual Global Citizenship Reports since 2000. While we once relied exclusively upon printed reports, this Web site has become our primary means for communicating Abbott’s citizenship initiatives.
Since 2006, we have published our complete Global Citizenship Report online, supplemented by a printed summary that provides an overview of our activities during the year. Our reporting focuses on material impacts and speaks to a range of stakeholders, including customers, patients, employees, government and regulatory bodies, investors, special interest groups, non-governmental organizations and opinion leaders in the areas of citizenship and sustainability.
Scope of Reporting
Neither this Web site nor our printed reports contain performance information about our joint ventures, unless otherwise noted. Ultra Rice is not a trademark of Abbott. The Abbott Fund is an Illinois not-for-profit philanthropic corporation established by Abbott in 1951. All financial information is stated in U.S. dollars. All data in this report reflects activities before the separation of Abbott and AbbVie. Our Global Citizenship Report for 2012 will be published in the second quarter of 2013.
Feedback on Our Reporting
We draw upon many external resources in refining our citizenship strategy, facilitating our engagements with key stakeholders, developing this Web site and producing our printed reports. These resources include Corporate Citizenship, SustainAbility, Business for Social Responsibility, the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and Agenda. We gratefully acknowledge their input. Our engagement with these groups better informs our approach to reporting while also keeping us abreast of stakeholder expectations and helping us identify areas of opportunity for strengthened citizenship activities.
We also refer to such external standards on reporting as the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and SustainAbility’s Reporting Methodology. We produce an index against the GRI reporting requirements.
Note: All data in the Global Citizenship section reflects activities prior to the separation of Abbott and AbbVie on January 1, 2013.