Environment, Health and Safety

Baxter employees participate in "Baxter World Environment Week" activities to promote sustainable living in their communities and encourage employees to support the company's commitment to creating a more sustainable world. Here, employees pose during a beach cleanup event in Singapore during Baxter World Environment Week 2013.

Baxter's Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) organization manages and coordinates global programs and activities to reduce the company's environmental impacts, to create safe and healthy workplaces, and to advance product stewardship.

This report covers the eighth year of performance against the company's EHS 2015 goals, which are integrated into the company's overarching sustainability priorities.

Results from 2013 include the following:

  • Baxter reduced energy usage by 27% and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% since 2005, both indexed to revenue. Baxter saved approximately $41 million in 2013 based on energy conservation projects that the company has implemented since 2005.
  • The company reduced waste generation 26% compared to 2005, indexed to revenue. Eight sites participating in Baxter’s plastic waste reduction program reduced plastic waste by 444 metric tons in 2013.
  • Baxter reduced water usage by 34% indexed to revenue since 2005. In 2013, the company continued implementation of a community water project near Baxter’s manufacturing facility in Canlubang, Philippines, and initiated a partnership to implement a similar initiative near the company’s facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • The company improved its recordable case rate by 2%, its cases with days lost rate by 38%, and its days lost rate by 46%, compared to 2012.

Baxter recognizes the interconnection between aspects of its environmental footprint, such as water consumption, energy usage and GHG emissions within its manufacturing operations. For example, producing highly purified water for Baxter healthcare products uses significant amounts of energy to operate water purification equipment such as reverse osmosis and water distillation units. As a result, water conservation initiatives in this area also help the company to reduce energy use and associated GHG emissions. Taking a holistic view to understand and decrease the company’s environmental impacts is central to Baxter’s approach.

Scope of Baxter EHS Reporting

  • The environmental data included in this report are based on 130 reporting locations, of which 59 are manufacturing, 23 are warehouse, and 48 are administrative, clerical or other. Several of the reporting units comprise multiple locations that report as a single entity. For example, in 2013, Baxter's 69 plasma collection centers in North America reported as a single entity, as did the 55 renal therapy sites located in Colombia. The reporting scope excludes certain leased facilities and recent acquisitions for which environmental performance data are not available or are not considered to be material to Baxter’s overall environmental performance.
  • The health and safety data included in this report are based on 275 reporting locations.1
  • Regional breakdowns for EHS data are as follows: Asia Pacific; Latin America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and North America.
  • The EHS information reported covers 100% of Baxter's operations.
  • EHS data are revised to reflect acquisitions, divestitures and plant closings as well as to incorporate any corrections necessary due to additional data verification activities (such as EHS audits).
1 The scope of Baxter's health and safety data is different than the scope of the company's environmental data because Baxter's occupational injury and illness accounting includes smaller facilities that are not material to the company's overall environmental performance or are reported as individual operations rather than as combined locations.