Global Human Rights Policy
As one of the most recognized and respected companies in healthcare, Baxter respects the human rights, dignity and diverse contributions of all individuals. These comprehensive principles are documented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are reflected in Baxter’s Leadership Expectations, Code of Conduct, and Sustainability Program, as well as numerous global policies that set the company’s direction. More importantly, these principles are reflected in the actions of every Baxter employee worldwide since these principles are at the very core of how and why we do business.
Fostering human rights in our direct and indirect actions takes many forms. At Baxter, we are committed to:
- Ensuring fair employment practices at Baxter and with suppliers, including complying with laws governing workers’ human rights and those prohibiting human trafficking and any form of forced, indentured, slave or child labor.
- Protecting the privacy of our employees, customers and their patients.
- Ensuring comprehensive compensation and benefits programs that align with the market, reward individual and business performance and comply with laws governing minimum wage, overtime hours and mandated benefits.
- Fostering an environment of open communication where employees express ideas, concerns and issues appropriately and without retaliation, including through the company’s Ethics and Compliance Helpline.
- Promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where various ideas, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are respected and valued.
- Promoting ethical conduct and legal compliance with our own employees and operations as well as throughout our value chain, including to our suppliers, distributors and sales agents worldwide.
- Promoting a safe and healthy work environment where risk is reduced to prevent employee injuries, employee wellness is enhanced, and verbal or physical harassment or intimidation is not tolerated. Our commitment to worksite safety includes emergency response and preparedness to minimize potential safety hazards in our communities.
- Strengthening access to healthcare, especially for those currently underserved by the healthcare system.
- Driving a sustainable supply chain to minimize the potential environmental and social impacts of our suppliers.