Global Citizenship

Citizenship Reporting GRI Index

The Global Reporting Initiative's Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a large, multi-stakeholder network of experts in dozens of countries. GRI publishes the G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which are now the global standard for non-financial reporting. Abbott uses the G3 Guidelines to inform its reporting and align itself with best practices. Since GRI does not currently provide guidance on sector-specific reporting in the health care field, we have tried to identify and report upon those issues that have the greatest relevance to our business and to our stakeholders.

Abbott's GRI G3 Index

The GRI G3 Index provides an overview of our reporting, compared to the GRI G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. It helps users locate relevant information and view our company's performance within the context of the topics and requirements covered by the Global Reporting Initiative's Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

Citizenship Reporting Disclosures about the company profile

Strategy and analysis

1.1

Statement from the most senior decision maker of the organization about the relevance of sustainability to the organization and its strategy
Letter from the Chairman and CEO

1.2

Description of key risks and opportunities
Our Priorities, Innovating for the Future, Our Business

Organizational profile

2.1

Name of the organization
Our Business, About Abbott

2.2

Primary brands products and/or services
Our Business, Innovating for the Future, Products

2.3

Operational structure of the organization
Citizenship Management and Governance, Senior Leadership

2.4

Location of organization's headquarters
Our Business, Fast Facts

2.5

Number and name of countries where the organization operates
Abbott Worldwide

2.6

Nature of ownership and legal form
SEC filing

2.7

Markets served
Our Business, Abbott Worldwide, Note 6 – Segment and Geographic Area Information

2.8

Scale of reporting organization
Our Business

2.9

Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure or ownership
Note 2 – Supplemental Financial Information, Note 3 – Financial Instruments, Derivatives and Fair Value Measures

2.10

Awards received in the reporting period
Rankings and Honors

Report parameters

3.1

Reporting period for information provided
2011

3.2

Date of most recent report
Global Citizenship Report 2011

3.3

Reporting cycle
Annual

3.4

Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
Your feedback

3.5

Process for defining report content
Citizenship Reporting

3.6

Boundary of the report
Citizenship Reporting

3.7

State any specific limitations on the scope of the report.
Citizenship Reporting

3.8

Basis for reporting
Citizenship Reporting

3.9

Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the indicators and other information in the report. Explain any decisions not to apply or substantially diverges from the GRI Indicator Protocols
Citizenship Reporting, Key Metrics

3.10

Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such restatement
Key Metrics

3.11

Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods applied in the report
Citizenship Reporting, Our Business, Key Metrics

3.12

Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report
This index provides the location of the standard disclosures of the report

3.13

Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance
Environmental Management and Policy, Assurance Statements

Governance, Commitments and Engagement

4.1

Governance structure of the organization including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks such as setting strategy or oversight for the organization.
Citizenship Management & Governance, Citizenship at Abbott

4.2

Indicate if the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer and if so their function within the organization's management and the reasons for this arrangement
Chair of highest governance body is an executive officer.

4.3

For organizations that have a unitary board structure state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive directors.
Citizenship Management & Governance

4.4

Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body.
2012 Proxy Statement (PDF)

4.5

Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers and executives (including departure arrangements) and the organization's performance (including social and environmental performance)
2012 Proxy Statement (PDF), Compensation and Benefits

4.6

Processes of the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided
2012 Proxy Statement (PDF), Compensation and Benefits, Citizenship Management & Governance

4.7

Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organization's strategy on economic, environmental and social topics
2012 Proxy Statement (PDF)

4.8

Internally developed mission and values statements, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental and social performance and the status of their implementation.
Our Priorities, Citizenship at Abbott

4.9

Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization's identification and management of economic, environmental and social performance, including the identification and management of relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct and principles.
Our Business, Ethics & Compliance, Citizenship Management & Governance

4.10

Processes for evaluating the performance of the highest governance body, particularly with respect to economic, environmental and social performance
Processes for evaluating the performance of the highest governance body, particularly with respect to economic, environmental and social performance
Citizenship Management & Governance, Governance Principles

4.12

Externally developed, economic, environmental and social charters, sets of principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses.
Our Priorities, Environmental Management and Policy

4.13

Membership in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization * Has positions in governance bodies; * Participates in projects or committees: * Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or Views membership as strategic.
Engaging Our Stakeholders, Public Policy Engagement

4.14

List of stakeholder groups engaged by organizations.
Engaging Our Stakeholders, Public Policy Engagement

4.15

Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders to engage.
Engaging Our Stakeholders

4.16

Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group.
Engaging Our Stakeholders

4.17

Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement and how the organization has responded to those key issues and concerns, including through its reporting
Our Business, Engaging Our Stakeholders

Disclosures on Economic performance

Management approach disclosures
Innovating for the Future
Our Business

Economic performance

EC1

Direct economic value generated (core)
Our Business

EC2

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change (core)
Climate Responsible Energy Policy (PDF)

EC3

Coverage of organization's defined benefit plan obligations (core)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 4

 

Market presence

EC6

Policy, practices and proportion of spending on locally based suppliers at significant locations of operation (core)
Supply Chain Management

Indirect economic impacts

EC8

Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro-bono engagement (core)
Enhancing Access, Educating Patients and Health Care Professionals, Improving Health Care Infrastructure and Technology, Outreach to Patients and Family, Risk and Crisis Management, Community Involvement, Abbott Fund

Disclosures on Environmental performance

Management approach disclosures
Our Business
Environmental Management and Policy

Materials

EN1

Materials used by weight or volume
Product Stewardship

EN2

Percentage of materials used that are not recycled input materials
Product Stewardship

Energy

EN3

Direct energy consumption by primary energy source (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN4

Indirect energy consumption by primary source (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN5

Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements (additional)
Key Metrics - Environment, Addressing Global Climate Change: Indirect Impacts, Addressing Global Climate Change: Direct Impacts

EN6

Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives
Key Metrics - Environment, Addressing Global Climate Change: Indirect Impacts, Addressing Global Climate Change: Direct Impacts, Green Procurement

EN7

Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved (additional)
Addressing Global Climate Change: Indirect Impacts, Addressing Global Climate Change: Direct Impacts,Key Metrics - Environment, Supply Chain Management, Green Procurement

Water

EN8

EN8 Total water withdrawn by source (core)
A Comprehensive Water Strategy, Key Metrics - Environment

EN9

EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water
A Comprehensive Water Strategy, Key Metrics - Environment

Emissions, effluents and waste

EN16

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN17

Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN18

Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved (additional)
Addressing Global Climate Change: Indirect Impacts, Addressing Global Climate Change: Direct Impacts, Key Metrics - Environment

EN19

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight
Key Metrics - Environment

EN20

NO SO and other significant air emissions by type and weight (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN21

Total water discharge by quality and destination (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN22

Total amount of waste by type and disposal method (core)
Key Metrics - Environment

EN23

Total number and volume of significant spills (core)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 7 – Litigation and Environmental Matters

EN24

Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally
Key Metrics - Environment

 

Products & services

EN26

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services and extent of impact mitigation (core)
Product Stewardship

EN27

Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category
Product Stewardship

EN28

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations (additional)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 7 – Litigation and Environmental Matters

 

Transport

EN29

Significant environmental impacts of transporting goods and materials used for organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce (additional)
Key Metrics - Environment

 

Disclosures on Labor Practices and Decent Work

Management approach disclosures
Our Workplace
A Diverse, Inclusive Workplace
Hiring & Advancement
Employee Learning & Development
Work-Life Harmony
Listening to Our Employees
Compensation & Benefits
Human Rights
Healthy Living Initiatives
Employee Health & Safety

Employment

LA1

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region (core)
Our Business, About Abbott

LA3

Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by major operations
Compensation & Benefits

Occupational health and safety

LA7

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism and number of work related fatalities by region (core)
Key Metrics - Social

LA8

Education, training, counseling, prevention and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families or community members regarding serious diseases (core)
Healthy Living Initiatives

 

Training and education

LA11

Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings (additional)
Our Workplace, Employee Learning & Development, Work-Life Harmony

LA12

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development review (additional)
Our Workplace, Employee Learning & Development, Work-Life Harmony

 

Diversity and equal opportunity

LA13

Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership and other indicators of diversity (core)
Our Workplace, A Diverse, Inclusive Workplace

 

Disclosures on Human Rights

Management approach disclosures
Human Rights
Ethics & Compliance

 

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

HR1

Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements that include Human Rights clauses or that have undergone Human Rights screening
Human Rights, Ethics & Compliance

HR2

Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on Human Rights and action taken (core)
Supply Chain Management

HR3

Total hours of employee training policies and procedures concerning aspects of Human Rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained (additional)
Ethics & Compliance

 

Disclosures on Society impacts

Management approach disclosures
Community Involvement
Abbott Fund
Ethics & Compliance
Public Policy Engagement

Corruption

S02

Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption (core)
Ethics & Compliance

S03

Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures (core)
Ethics & Compliance

S04

Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption (core)
Ethics & Compliance

 

Public policy

S05

Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying (core)
Public Policy Engagement

S06

Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions by country (additional)
Abbott 2011 Corporate Political Contributions (PDF)

S07

Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes (additional)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 7 – Litigation and Environmental Matters

 

Compliance

S08

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations (core)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 7 – Litigation and Environmental Matters

 

Disclosures on Product responsibility

Management approach disclosures
Supporting Patients & Consumers
Enhancing Access
Clinical Trials Registration & Results Disclosures
Responsible Sales and Marketing Practices

 

Customer health and safety

PR1

Life cycle stages in which the health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement (core)
Supporting Patients & Consumers, Ensuring Manufacturing Quality

 

Product and service labeling

PR3

Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements (core)
Supporting Patients & Consumers, Clinical Trials Registration & Results Disclosures, Responsible Sales and Marketing Practices, Product Stewardship, Supply Chain Management

Marketing and communications

PR6

Programs for adherence to laws, standards and voluntary codes related to marketing communications including advertising, promotion and sponsorship (core)
Responsible Sales and Marketing Practices

Compliance

PR9

Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services
$10,000

Note: All data reflects Abbott activities in 2012. Some content has been adjusted to remove data specific to AbbVie, which became a separate company on Jan. 1, 2013.