Overview and approach

Our mission
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Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better.

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.


A message from our Chairman and CEO, Kevin Lobo
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We are working to improve healthcare and the world one action and one day at a time, because we believe the health of the world is as important as the people who live in it. We do this by living our mission every day: Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. As we continue to grow, our corporate responsibility story continues to evolve.

Since 1941 we've been in constant pursuit of better —better healthcare, better outcomes and better ways to support people. We understand that we are in a unique position to impact lives and help ensure a bright future for generations to come. We take that responsibility seriously. And our actions serve as proof.

We are proud to share with you this corporate responsibility review, and a few examples of how our values of Integrity, Accountability, People and Performance are reflected in our work. These tenets are the foundation of our five focus areas: Investing in people, resource efficiency, ethics and accountability, product lifecycle innovation and responsible supply chains. 


Our approach to corporate responsibility
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At Stryker, corporate responsibility is an important part of who we are—as individuals, teams and one connected company. It’s driven by our shared values of Integrity, Accountability, People and Performance. It is built into the way we operate our company.   

Our mission is to improve healthcare by working with our customers to make the world better for patients, caregivers, employees and the environment. Our employees are driven by a strong purpose to serve and give back, with a commitment to people and the planet.     

Together, we’ve made positive strides. We’re investing our best ideas into world-changing solutions, where making people better is the bottom line. That’s why we’re focusing our attention on five distinct areas: 

Investing in people
 
for stronger health, safety, talent and inclusion.

Product lifecycle innovation
where we carefully consider our use of materials across a product’s lifecycle.

Resource efficiency
by reducing water, waste and emissions.

Responsible supply chains
whereby we manage and source with high standards.

Ethics and accountability
because transparency, honesty and fairness should always be paramount. 

As an industry leader, we believe that corporate responsibility is a strategic  imperative. That’s why we will continue investing time and resources in the areas that are most important to our employees, customers and the communities where we live and work. 

Our history
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When Dr. Homer Stryker, an orthopaedic surgeon from Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A., found that certain medical products were not meeting his patients’ needs, he invented new ones. As interest in these products grew, Dr. Stryker started a company in 1941 to produce them. 
 
Today, we are one of the world's leading medical technology companies. Our growth is based on a diverse array of innovative products and services that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.  
 
We are well-positioned to continue serving the worldwide medical community for generations to come. We think Dr. Stryker would be pleased.  

Learn more about our history

Leading in medtech
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$13.6B in global sales in 2018

 


Since going public in 1979 we've had 40 years of consecutive growth