Our world’s resources are limited. That’s why we’re making the most of what we’ve been given.
With this in mind, our teams are proactively working to reduce both what we use and what we leave behind. We’re tracking our progress and installing global reporting systems, setting and making progress towards our goals and reducing our use of resources across the company.
Climate and the environment
Climate change is real. As a healthcare company, we know that we make choices that affect the health of the planet, and ultimately, human health. We are committed to measuring our carbon emissions and have set reduction goals.
Our current goals are to:
20% reduction in carbon emissions for all Stryker facilities* 2019-2024
Carbon neutral for all Stryker facilities* by 2030
To achieve these ambitious climate goals, our strategy includes increasing energy efficiency throughout the organization and utilizing renewable energy.
To optimize the energy consumption at our facilitates we have invested in multiple projects like enhancing our building management systems, LED lighting, equipment upgrades and fixing compressed air leaks. Each year we evaluate sites and projects that will keep us on track for our reduction targets.
Using clean sources of energy like solar and wind is a critical part of our strategy. In fact, more than 10 of our sites utilize renewable energy and 100 percent of the electricity in our Netherlands and Ireland manufacturing sites comes from renewable energy sources. We continuously assess additional locations for on-site renewable energy options and are evaluating larger power purchase agreements.
Certifying our facilities
We recognize that our offices and manufacturing facilities have an impact on the communities in which they are located, and the world's health. By working with accrediting organizations to evaluate and certify the environmental impact and sustainability of our buildings, we commit to protecting natural resources and supporting our employees and their communities. We currently have over a dozen global sites certified to the ISO14001 global environmental standard. The following Stryker locations have been certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building rating system; and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), a sustainability performance rating system:
At Stryker, resource efficiency is considered in our own buildings and beyond them. We continuously grow our commitment to smart, sustainable healthcare and facilitate positive environmental impacts through the advancement of multiple initiatives, including our reprocessing programs.
Medical waste is inevitable, and still ends up where most waste does —in landfills. To minimize the impact of medical waste on our environment, our reprocessing programs make it possible for hospitals to significantly reduce their environmental impact. Utilizing our advanced collection system, single-use devices are collected at the hospital and regularly shipped by Stryker staff to the reprocessing facility. The devices are cleaned, inspected, tested and sent back to the hospital, avoiding unnecessary landfill waste. Reprocessing programs deliver immense value to U.S. hospitals, but it takes a hospital staff to make them a success. Engaged staff members are key to growing device collections, and every time they place a device in a bin, they're doing their part and proving their commitment to a better, more sustainable world. Over the last five years, 3,000 customers saved over $1 billion through reprocess programs and diverted 27 million pounds of waste from landfills.
But we don't stop there.
Once a hospital achieves its annual collection goal for certain devices, we make a donation to the National Forest Foundation (NFF). Each participating facility can earn up to 150 planted trees. The NFF chooses the tree planting location, prioritizing areas that are in greatest need based on environmental concern.
Since the inception of the program, we have donated hundreds of thousands of trees to help restore National Forests in Oregon, Arizona, West Virginia and Georgia.
Together with our customers and NFF, we're keeping more waste out of landfills, putting more trees in the ground and being more efficient with the resources we've been given.
We recognize that partnership is a key component of our sustainability strategy; sharing our story and learning from others. We are active members in the following organizations:
The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Care Sector: a public-private partnership of leaders from across the health system committed to addressing the sector’s environmental impact while strengthening its sustainability and resilience.
Practice Greenhealth: the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable healthcare, delivering environmental solutions to hospitals and health systems across the United States.
Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC): a private, technical consortium of industry peers across the manufacturing, healthcare, and recycling industries seeking to improve the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within healthcare.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge: recently established to challenge organizations across the United States to set bold, portfolio-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets and share their innovative solutions and best practices with partners and across industries.
The Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA): collaborating with other organization seeking to procure renewable energy.
Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge: the 1st dedicated pledge generated by Irish business to set industry standards on sustainability and reduce carbon usage.
*Data validated September 2021