Abbott's purpose is to help people live their best through better health. Protecting the environment is an important part of that commitment – that's why we seek the most sustainable ways to deliver life-changing technologies to people around the world. Improving our environmental performance also strengthens our business by improving operational efficiency. Just one example: since 2010, our efforts to reduce product packaging have eliminated more than 41 million pounds of packaging and saved more than $100 million. Our environmental work is an important part of Abbott's strategic approach to addressing key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Our 2018 Global Sustainability Report highlights these efforts, as well as the many other ways Abbott builds a more sustainable and responsible business to deliver long-term value for those we serve. The report provides updates on Abbott's performance to date toward our ambitious 2020 environmental targets for reducing carbon emissions, water use and waste. Also highlighted is our work to develop a new sustainability strategy, set to launch next year. The report includes an overview of the topics that will be the focus of this new strategy – including climate change and water – as well as other priority areas of greatest importance to Abbott, our industry and our stakeholders. “Our environmental strategy informs how we operate our day-to-day business in a manner that safeguards the environment and helps improve the efficiency and sustainability of our business,” said Agnes Ortega, divisional vice president of Compliance and Operation Services, Abbott. “We’ve made strong progress toward our 2020 targets, and we look forward to establishing our next-generation environmental strategy.” Reaching Abbott’s 2020 Goals Abbott takes a focused, planned approach to limit the company’s environmental impact in the more than 160 countries where we do business. This included 77 projects aimed at reducing our impact on the environment globally and meeting the company’s 2020 targets.