We strive to make a difference by partnering with our customers to help them run efficient, effective healthcare systems and restore the health of their patients. We don’t just make products—our technologies, solutions and services are focused on improving people’s lives. Our business is built on the principles of sustainability—making long-term contributions, in a responsible way, to our customers and their patients, to our employees, to our communities and to our shareholders.
Because of our broad relationships and long-term presence in healthcare, our sustainability commitment is multifaceted. In the working lives of healthcare professionals, our products and services sustain caregivers’ health and safety needs and extend throughout hospitals and healthcare systems to enable greater effectiveness and efficiency. Stryker products also directly sustain the quality of life for the patients whom those healthcare professionals serve.
In the development and manufacturing of our products, we conduct our operations in a way that sustains the environment and natural resources. We also provide sustainable and meaningful employment to our people around the globe, and our human and economic resources help sustain the local and global communities where we live and work. And last, but not least, our governance practices sustain our shareholders’ investment in us.
Bolstering Our Commitment with Ascent
Stryker’s recent acquisition of Ascent Healthcare Solutions is an example of our commitment to sustainability. As the leading medical device reprocessor and remanufacturer in the United States, Ascent offers a proven and effective strategy for helping to reduce the environmental footprint of modern healthcare by reducing medical waste in local communities. Ascent’s supply chain strategies allow hospitals to focus on safety and quality while reducing supply costs and freeing resources for critical patient care initiatives. Ascent’s commitment to sustainable hospital practices is unique in our industry, and we are pleased to have Ascent as a division of Stryker.
Delivering on Trust
As a healthcare company, we understand the trust placed in us. Delivering on that trust is what social responsibility is all about. As a leader in medical technology, we are deeply dedicated to earning that trust in all that we do. Our ongoing commitment is to continue our efforts to make our company, our employees, the healthcare professionals and facilities we serve and our global community better for future generations.
For more on our social responsibility and sustainability practices and activities, please see our 2009 Stryker Social Responsibility Overview available at