DEERFIELD, Ill., June 28, 2016 – Baxter International Inc. was recognized for the third consecutive year as one of the most community-minded companies in the nation, as a part of the Civic 50. Civic 50 is an initiative of Points of Light - the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action and change the world. Points of Light sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and creates a roadmap for companies seeking to best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.
This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated based on several criteria, including the quantity and impact of financial and human resources applied to civic improvement; whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact; how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests; how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives; and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
As a global healthcare company doing business in more than 100 countries, Baxter is committed to making a meaningful difference in the communities in which it operates. The Civic 50 award recognizes the company’s long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility, specifically the company’s initiatives that increase access to healthcare, foster tomorrow’s innovations and serve its communities.
2015 Initiatives that Baxter was recognized for include:
- Improving Access to Healthcare:
- During 2015, Baxter products were first on the scene in times of disaster. The company provided more than $1 Million U.S. dollars in combined cash and product donations to support the Nepal disaster relief efforts.
- Additionally, Baxter product was used as a part of 134 medical outreach trips in 35 countries supported by AmeriCares.
- Fostering Tomorrow’s Innovation:
- Baxter’s Science@Work program, a multi-year commitment to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to support teacher training and student development in the health sciences. During the 2014-15 school year, the program reached more than 20,000 students and nearly 180 teachers through more than 85 real-world experiences lead by Baxter volunteers.
- Annually, more than 200 U.S. employees teach financial literacy to students by volunteering with Junior Achievement. Volunteers choose the day, grade and time commitment that fits their schedule to visit local classrooms to teach with materials provided by Junior Achievement.
- Serving Its Communities:
- Community Engagement is a key priority for Baxter Business Resource Groups (BRGs). BRGs provide forums for employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives. Each BRG has a community charter which outlines community engagement goals and initiatives that the group will work on throughout the year. For example, members of Baxter’s African American Leadership Council assist The Baxter International Foundation in screening local non-profit organizations that have a grant request under consideration.
- Baxter’s Global Service Program recognizes employees that have volunteered and recorded more than 40 hours per year. Certificates are mailed to supervisors to present to employees in town hall meetings or other public meetings allowing employees to talk to their colleagues about their favorite charities. In 2015, more than 400 employees globally achieved this milestone.
"At Baxter, our commitment to corporate responsibility is embedded in our mission to save and sustain lives. Also fundamental is our obligation to create lasting social, environmental and economic value for the communities we serve worldwide” said Jeanne Mason, corporate vice president, human resources. “The continued recognition and inclusion on the Civic 50 is a testament to the engagement and dedication of our employees, who continue to volunteer time and resources, act as mentors and role models and help those most in need daily in support of creating long-term, meaningful change.”
To learn more about corporate responsibility at Baxter visit: http://www.baxter.com/corporate-responsibility.page.
To learn more about the Civic 50, to see a full list of the winners and to access the full report, The 2016 Civic 50: Turning Good Intentions into Sound Business Practices, which presents the highlights, trends, benchmarking data and best practices from the 2016 Civic 50, please visit www.Civic50.org.
Baxter is committed to saving and sustaining lives. Every day, Baxter employees strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on Baxter products, and in the communities where employees live and work. The company focuses on advancing three core areas: improving access to healthcare; fostering tomorrow’s innovation and serving its communities. Baxter works closely with public and private partners around the world to ensure people have access to the healthcare they need, to develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing care, and to create long-lasting impact in Baxter’s communities.
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.