Company Recognized for Inclusion, Social Responsibility Initiatives
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) and the Baxter International
Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, continued to advance access
to healthcare through a recent collaboration with World Vision India to
develop a mobile health application. In addition, Baxter and its
foundation made financial and in-kind donations valued at nearly $25
million in 2015 to create lasting social, environmental and economic
value for all stakeholders, including the communities in which its
employees live and work.
Enhancing the Health of Mothers and Infants Through a New Mobile App
In conjunction with Bangalore’s Health Department and World Vision
India, the Baxter International Foundation launched Sisu Janani Seva,
also known as “mHealth,” which is a mobile health application that
enables staff to better monitor the health status of underprivileged
women, during and post pregnancy, and the immunization of children ages
two and under. Through the app’s video and audio features, the staff can
provide essential healthcare information and counseling to women on an
ongoing basis, thereby reducing possible health risks to the mother and
baby. The mothers also receive counseling messages with multimedia
features through the app, in addition to other vital healthcare
The new mobile application allows community health workers to easily
access information remotely. In the first phase of the application’s
launch, 12 members of the Junior Health Assistant Female staff and 24
accredited social health activist workers were trained to use the mobile
health application. The project is expected to directly impact 3,000
pregnant women and 2,800 children among 17 impoverished areas.
”Baxter’s efforts to increase access to healthcare extend beyond
donations in underserved communities, and the development of the mobile
health application exemplifies our commitment to improving community
health at the root level,” Anish Bafna, region head for Emerging Asia
at Baxter, said. ”This is a major step forward in ensuring women
recognize when to seek medical care and improving overall household
preventative health measures.”
First Response to Crises
In alignment with Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives on a global
scale, Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation work closely with
public and private partners around the world to expand access to
healthcare, develop the next generation of innovators and serve its
communities with sustainable initiatives. In 2015, combined giving
between the two entities totaled nearly $25 million, composed of:
More than $8 million from donations of Baxter products through donor
partners and the company’s U.S. patient assistant programs. Baxter was
among the first on the scene in areas with critical healthcare needs
across 61 countries, including during the Nepal earthquake in April
2015 that impacted nearly 6 million lives. Baxter and the Baxter
International Foundation contributed more than $1 million in product
and monetary donations for the Nepal response. Baxter also worked with
its humanitarian aid partners, AmeriCares and Direct Relief, to
provide support to public hospitals and clinics through product
donations in response to severe flooding in Paraguay and the Chennai
Floods in India.
More than $3 million in community grants to address acute, local
healthcare needs among 15 countries. In the Yuexi County in China, a
primarily rural area which has one of the greatest concentrations of
poverty, Baxter worked with Humana People to People to improve
children’s health through better nutrition and timely referrals for
children with other health complications in need of proper care.
More than $12 million in charitable contributions and 90,000 hours of
volunteerism to support initiatives in communities where Baxter
employees live and work. Employees’ volunteerism efforts spread across
a range of initiatives, including toy and food drives, and
participation in Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement programs.
Driving Innovation with Inclusive Partnerships and Diverse Culture
Baxter fosters an inclusive culture and diverse workforce that helps
drive innovation, create trusted partnerships and contribute to the
success and sustainability of the business. As part of the company’s
global inclusion strategy, Baxter recently held a Supplier Diversity
Fair at its Deerfield, Ill., headquarters to expand its pool of
qualified, diverse suppliers through education, mentorship, development
The half-day networking event drew nearly 40 suppliers from a variety of
industries, including automation, supply chain management, information
technology, marketing agencies and law firms. It allowed participants to
connect targeted, diverse suppliers and procurement to key-decision
makers internally, as well as create a better understanding of Baxter’s
procurement requirements and processes.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index also
awarded Baxter with a perfect score this year for upholding the tenets
of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender
identity through its U.S. and international business practices. The
distinction is a national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and
practices that are inclusive and supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender employees and community members.
Asia Pacific Region Garners Top Distinctions for Social Responsibility
Baxter received recognition across Asia, including in Thailand, Hong
Kong and China, for successful initiatives that support healthcare and
education. For the third consecutive year, Baxter Thailand was
recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand with the
AMCHAM CSR Excellence Award for its “Happiness Temple” project.
Organized in partnership with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and
the Technology Promotion Association, Baxter employees transformed the
community’s Marb Toei Temple.
Additionally, Baxter employees in China received Corporate Citizenship
recognition in the 6th Annual Hong Kong Corporate Citizenship
Program, which aims to raise public awareness toward corporate
citizenship. Baxter was recognized for its partnership with the Hong
Kong Student Aid Society to provide services to children from families
with inadequate care.
Baxter was also honored at the 5th Annual China Charity
Festival for its B-Cedar Program that assists university students from
rural areas integrate into city life and improve their competitive
advantage in the marketplace through tutoring, coaching and lectures.
The program was successfully implemented for two seasons with nearly 100
Baxter employees contributing more than 1,900 hours as volunteer tutors
across 10 cities since its inception.
Baxter’s commitment to corporate responsibility 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 corporate responsibility 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.
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