DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baxter
International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) has been recognized as a corporate
sustainability leader for the 16th consecutive year as part
of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The company also has advanced a
variety of newly initiated corporate programs to provide young
environmental scholars with practical experience, support crisis
intervention and suicide prevention for young people, and offset
greenhouse gas emissions associated with its air travel.
Baxter Again Recognized in Dow Jones Sustainability Index
For the 16th consecutive year, Baxter is included in the Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones
Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) — one of only a
handful of companies recognized each year since the Index was created in
1999. The DJSI tracks the financial performance of the leading
sustainability-driven companies worldwide, enabling investors to
integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios. For more
information, see http://www.sustainability-indices.com/.
Developing and Learning from Tomorrow’s Environmental Stewards
An important aspect of Baxter’s work in sustainability has been building
relationships, teaching and learning from tomorrow’s environmental
leaders through corporate internships.
Recently Baxter partnered with graduate students from the University of
Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc., to assess the carbon footprint of renal
dialysis clinics it operates in Colombia. After aggregating and
analyzing data from these sites, these environmental scholars identified
potential carbon reduction strategies for Baxter.
Baxter also partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund through its
Climate Corps program to work with two graduate students. These
students’ efforts were dedicated to helping Baxter explore opportunities
to expand the use of renewable energy, enhance energy efficiency and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of the Climate Corps participants,
a doctoral student, worked with Baxter’s team in Shanghai to evaluate
renewable energy projects and improve the energy efficiency of the
company’s local manufacturing facilities. The second Climate Corps
intern, based in northern Illinois, helped Baxter develop strategies to
accelerate progress towards Baxter’s long-term energy efficiency,
renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
”Baxter has benefited from the fresh perspectives and energetic
approach these young scholars bring, and they have helped further our
work on environmental sustainability,” said Art Gibson, vice president
of environment, health and safety for Baxter. ”Working with these young
people provides us with ideas and perspectives from our next generation
of environmental leaders and in turn we are able to introduce them to
real-world challenges and opportunities to apply their learning in a
Touching Lives through the Trevor Project
The Baxter International Foundation has provided a grant to the Trevor
Project to help provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention among
young people who may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or
questioning. This grant will expand the Trevor Project’s capacity to
help young people by adding two full-time crisis services coordinators.
The addition of these professionals is expected to allow the project to
increase their five-minute response time from 60 percent to 85 percent.
The Trevor Project was originally supported by one of Baxter’s business
resource groups, the Baxter Equality Network. The Baxter Equality
Network is dedicated to supporting inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender professionals and their straight allies at Baxter. A
number of employees have served as volunteers with the Trevor Project
”The Baxter Equality Network is proud to provide our assistance to the
Trevor Project and the young people who desperately need these
services,” said Robert Perks, president of the Baxter Equality Network.
”Baxter recognizes that the Trevor Project’s work can mean the
difference between life and death. Our support for this organization is
a powerful investment in future generations and the promise they hold
for a better tomorrow.”
Baxter Working to Offset Emissions Associated with its Air Travel
Baxter recently joined United Airlines’ new CarbonChoice program as part
of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. United will
provide Baxter with detailed information relating to the greenhouse gas
emissions associated with its corporate travel. These measurements will
include variables such as the distance traveled, the type of aircraft
used, payload and other environmental factors that affect the travel
emissions. Baxter will receive quarterly enterprise-level carbon
emissions reports and purchase offsets to counterbalance these emissions
— effectively allowing Baxter employees to travel carbon-neutral on
Baxter’s commitment to sustainability spans more than three decades. The
company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and has been
recognized by Corporate Responsibility magazine as one of the 100 Best
Corporate Citizens and by Points of Light and Bloomberg for community
engagement in the Civic 50. The company endorses the Ceres principles
and is an Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative.
Further information about Baxter’s sustainability programs and
performance can be found at baxter.com/sustainability-report.
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital
products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV
solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition;
biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software
and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of
its products and services play a key role in expanding access to
healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees
worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical
breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations
that enable patient care.
Baxter International Inc.
Trachtman, (224) 948-3085