DEERFIELD, Ill., December 9, 2014 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) has been named as one of America's most community-minded companies by the Points of Light Foundation's Civic 50 list, and also received recognition for its inclusion and diversity leadership by several external organizations. The company is committed to advancing sustainability in its workplaces and communities, and recently hosted a Workplace Charging for Electric Vehicles workshop for companies interested in providing electric vehicle charging stations for their employees. Additionally, Baxter's Round Lake facility was honored with an Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for environmental excellence.
Baxter Named to The Civic 50 List for Commitment to Community
Baxter was named as one of America's most community-minded companies through its recent inclusion in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, conducted the survey in partnership with Bloomberg LP. All companies with $1 billion in revenue or more can apply for The Civic 50.
"Baxter is committed to increasing global healthcare access and improving the well-being of our local and global communities," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter's chairman and chief executive officer. "This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our employees, who are volunteering, educating and giving of themselves daily in support of Baxter's efforts."
Increasing access to healthcare, promoting community service and supporting employee engagement are core principles of the company's vision and culture. Baxter and its employees support communities worldwide to address a broad range of local needs through a mix of financial contributions, product donations, grants and employee volunteer efforts. This includes supporting employee volunteerism in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by helping prepare high school students for science careers and addressing disparities in educational opportunities among underserved populations. Baxter scientists and other employee volunteers teach lessons as part of career development days, sponsor lab tours and provide career advice to students through the company's Science@Work: Expanding Minds with Real-World Science program. Baxter volunteers are also involved in several other educational initiatives including Junior Achievement, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and Street Law, Inc. Learn more at http://www.sustainability.baxter.com/community-support/critical-community-needs.html.
Baxter Recognized for Inclusion and Diversity Commitment
Baxter was recently recognized by several organizations for its commitment to creating an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce, including the following distinctions:
- Bridge Award for exemplary promotion of diversity and inclusion among its employees and within the healthcare industry by Chicago United, an advocacy organization that works to build sustainable diversity in business leadership.
- Military Friendly® Employer for Baxter's commitment to hiring and supporting veterans by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business serving the military community since 2001.
- 50 Leading Companies for Women in APEC for commitment to gender diversity and attracting and retaining talented women by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy.
Baxter believes that an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce can contribute to the company's success and sustainability by driving innovation and creating trusted relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and community partners. Read more at http://sustainability.baxter.com/employees/global-inclusion-diversity.html.
Baxter Supports Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging; Receives Illinois Governor's Award
More than 120 people from 75 organizations attended a regional Workplace Charging for Electric Vehicles workshop in October at Baxter's Deerfield, Illinois, headquarters to learn about providing electric vehicle charging stations for their companies' employees. The event was organized by the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and non-profit Environmental Law & Policy Center, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge.
Baxter is a signatory of the U.S. DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge, a commitment by employers to provide plug-in electric vehicle charging access to their workforce. The Challenge aims to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging ten-fold by 2018. Learn more at http://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/ev-everywhere-workplace-charging-challenge.
Baxter has four electric vehicle charging station outlets at its Deerfield headquarters, and four at its Round Lake, Illinois, facility, that are free for employee use. The company has charging stations at several facilities globally, and is adding two more outlets at its Round Lake site.
Baxter is committed to decreasing its use of natural resources, increasing the use of renewable energy and implementing other processes that further the company's sustainability goals. Baxter's Round Lake facility was recently honored with an Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for the third time for its commitment to environmental excellence through innovative sustainability practices. The facility was honored for its green building design, use of renewable power and reductions in electricity use.
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. Baxter is a member of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association. 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 www.sustainability.baxter.com.
Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.