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Baxter's 2011 Sustainability Report Focuses on Creating Lasting Value for Stakeholders  

DEERFIELD, Ill., June 27, 2012 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today issued its 2011 Sustainability Report, marking the 13th consecutive year the company has released a report about its social, environmental and economic performance. The report, available at http://sustainability.baxter.com, features progress toward the company's sustainability priorities and goals and its commitment to addressing the needs of stakeholders worldwide.

"At Baxter, sustainability is about creating lasting social, environmental and economic value by addressing the needs of our wide-ranging stakeholder base," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., Baxter's chairman and chief executive officer. "We succeed as a business by operating responsibly in service of these diverse stakeholders which, in turn, ensures we can continue to advance our sustainability priorities well into the future."

Highlights from the 2011 report include:


Baxter's nine sustainability priorities reflect issues of key concern to Baxter and its stakeholders and areas where the company is positioned to have a positive impact. Priorities include strengthening access to healthcare, enhancing math and science education, and a range of environmental initiatives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and water use.

Baxter's 2011 Sustainability Report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, which provide a uniform and transparent set of metrics to systematically report on sustainability initiatives and results.

Baxter Earns Sustainability Recognition
Based on its sustainability performance, Baxter has been included for the 11th year in Corporate Responsibility magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. Released on April 17, the annual survey draws from firms in the Russell 1000 Index and is based on more than 320 data points of publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy. For more information, see http://www.thecro.com/.

For the second consecutive year, Baxter is the leader of the Healthcare Products subsector of the latest Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes. Created in collaboration with Bloomberg, the Indexes analyze how the largest multinational companies in the United States manage and adapt to climate change, with a focus on innovation. For more information, see http://maplecroft.com/cii/.

Fourth Annual Baxter World Environment Week Features Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
Baxter's fourth annual Baxter World Environment Week, held the first week of June to correspond with the United Nations' World Environment Day, is Baxter's signature initiative aimed at engaging and educating its employees on environmental sustainability. The initiative features opportunities for employees to participate in activities and learn about sustainable living, and this year included a presentation by Philippe Cousteau, Jr., about the importance of oceans and environmental conservation.

Employees around the world create local events and volunteer with organizations that match their personal interests and help address local concerns. For example, Baxter's Woodlands facility in Singapore held events for employees about energy efficiency and water conservation, and employees from Baxter's Austria facilities volunteered to help with maintenance and trail trimming at the Danube-Auen National Park near Baxter's facility in Orth. For more information, see http://sustainability.baxter.com/community-support/employee-involvement.html.

About Baxter
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 Knights as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and by Corporate Responsibility magazine as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Baxter is a member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, 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 activities 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.

Baxter Issues 2011 Sustainability Report

Baxter's Alathur and Waluj, India, facilities use coconut and rice husks as well as sugar cane remnants as energy sources that help to decrease fossil-fuel related greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy costs and contribute to the local economy. Baxter has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent since 2005, due in part to innovative strategies such as using renewable biomass fuels.

Baxter's Alathur and Waluj, India, facilities use coconut and rice husks as well as sugar cane remnants as energy sources that help to decrease fossil-fuel related greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy costs and contribute to the local economy. Baxter has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent since 2005, due in part to innovative strategies such as using renewable biomass fuels.

Baxter's long-standing relationships with its humanitarian aid partners helped facilitate timely, targeted support in response to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. Photo credit: AmeriCares

Baxter's long-standing relationships with its humanitarian aid partners helped facilitate timely, targeted support in response to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Baxter's research and development and office facility in Vienna, Austria received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in 2011. The company has incorporated green building design principles at several sites worldwide.

Baxter's research and development and office facility in Vienna, Austria received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in 2011. The company has incorporated green building design principles at several sites worldwide.

Progress on 2015 Environmental Goals Chart

Baxter works to use natural resources efficiently to extend their availability to future generations and has several natural resource use reduction goals.

Baxter works to use natural resources efficiently to extend their availability to future generations and has several natural resource use reduction goals.

Baxter's Global GHG Emissions Footprint, 2011

Baxter takes a broad approach to quantifying and managing greenhouse gas emissions throughout its value chain.

Baxter takes a broad approach to quantifying and managing greenhouse gas emissions throughout its value chain.