Baxter Sustainability
Priorities and 2015 Goals
Baxter’s employees worldwide are essential to creating products that save and sustain lives. The company is continually improving its programs to provide a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace and to foster a culture that drives integrity and innovation.
Baxter Will Promote a Safe and Healthy Workplace

2015 GOAL

Implement best-in-class programs designed to protect the safety and improve the health of employees that result in performance in the top three of industry peers.

2012 progress

Compared to 2011, Baxter improved its recordable case rate by 5%, its cases with days lost rate by 2.5%, and its days lost rate by 21%. Baxter continued pursuing key strategies to enhance its safety culture and performance. In 2011, the most recent year data were available, Baxter’s cases with days lost rate ranked third of industry peers.1 In 2012, Baxter offered seasonal flu vaccinations to all employees in all but one facility with 25 or more employees.

1In a comparison of 16 healthcare companies: eight reported global safety data to Mercer (formerly ORC Worldwide), seven provided data as requested by Baxter and one reported data on its public website.

Baxter Will Promote an Inclusive and Diverse Workplace

2015 GOAL

Create and sustain an inclusive culture where diverse ideas, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are respected and valued.

2012 progress

Baxter again required employees to set an inclusion goal as part of their individual goals for the year. During the year, Baxter also established three additional Business Resource Groups (BRGs): the African-American Leadership Council, Asian Leadership Network, and Baxter Equality Network (LGBT). The company’s other BRGs that formed in 2011 include Building Women Leaders and Latinos@Baxter, as well as Female Talent Matters in the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. These groups, sponsored by members of Baxter’s Operations Committee, provide a forum for employees to share knowledge and ideas while embracing the unique backgrounds and perspectives of all participants.

Baxter’s The Power of Managing Inclusively program, a six-hour instructor-led, mandatory workshop for all managers, supervisors and above, was introduced globally after a pilot in the United States. In addition, Baxter’s businesses, regions and functions continued to implement their local inclusion plans.

Baxter Will Promote Ethical Conduct and Legal Compliance

2015 GOAL

Continue to champion internal and industrywide ethical sales and marketing practices by:

  • Implementing Baxter's enhanced U.S. Healthcare Compliance Program and International Anticorruption Program within the company; and

2012 progress

Baxter continued to focus on its program to comply with all applicable requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act in the United States. The company also enhanced compliance education and training for its sales force. Baxter has implemented a system to collect and report all payments and other transfers of value given to U.S. healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations. The company also is positioning itself to address similar transparency requirements outside the United States. Additionally, Baxter enhanced its risk-based anticorruption education program by launching intensive anticorruption risk education sessions for its legal staff as well as commercial leadership in select markets. This is in addition to the anticorruption awareness and comprehensive training offered to employees who regularly interact with government officials and healthcare professionals.

  • Working with U.S. and international trade associations, non-governmental organizations and governments to harmonize and enforce standards on financial interactions with healthcare providers that allow for appropriate education, research and dialogue on products and services and discourage improper incentives.

2012 progress

Baxter continued to share the company’s perspectives with Eucomed and Advamed on a European approach to third-party anticorruption efforts. Additionally, Baxter China’s Ethics and Compliance team continues to work with the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment R&D-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee (RDPAC) on an industry-wide ethical sales and marketing code.