Dow Jones Index names Medtronic as sustainability leader

Dow Jones Index names Medtronic as sustainability leader

 September 25, 2019

Medtronic has been recognized as one of the world's leading companies for sustainability with its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America). The DJSI North America includes a select group of companies based on their performance across a variety of sustainability criteria, including economic performance, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

A long-term commitment to global corporate citizenship

Medtronic is committed to global corporate citizenship, creating value and working responsibly in all aspects the company engaged with society. This commitment is in line with Medtronic's long-term growth strategies of therapy innovation, globalization, and economic value. The company focuses on issues that will lead to long-term success such as access to healthcare, product quality and patient safety, ethical business practices, responsible supply management, employee engagement and development, human rights, and environmental stewardship.

"Our focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) reflects our deep dedication to the tenets of our Medtronic mission. That mission, set forward by our founder Earl Bakken in 1960, establishes an abiding commitment to contribute to human welfare and maintain good citizenship as a company,” says Omar Ishrak, Medtronic chairman and chief executive officer. "Not only are ESG practices aligned with our mission, but we also believe that they are directly linked to our long-term business performance and resulting value creation for our shareholders."

A respect for human rights and dignity of all people

One example of Medtronic’s commitment to ESG is the company’s focus on Human Rights and Labor Practices. As a purpose-driven organization, Medtronic respects internationally-recognized human rights and the dignity of all people. The company’s Global Human Rights Program sits within Medtronic’s Human Resources function to make sure there is a consistent approach to human rights issues that may arise across its operations and supply chain. As part of the program, Medtronic does  annual assessments of internal operations facilities for issues related to child labor, fair treatment, forced labor, freedom of association, health and safety, and remuneration.

Striving to create a workplace free from discrimination

Medtronic also makes sure the company’s work environment is free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and other identities. Nondiscrimination is addressed in its companywide policies, including the company’s Code of Conduct and Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy, which also addresses workforce equality and fair employment. 

Medtronic supported the Equality Act, U.S. legislation to expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect LGBTQ people against discrimination. To further demonstrate its support, Medtronic joined the Human Rights Campaign Business Coalition for the Equality Act along with more than 235 other companies.

Continued recognition on Best Corporate Citizens list

Medtronic also continues to be recognized by the FTSE4Good Index and Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent environmental, social and governance criteria, and are positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practices.

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