Responsibility, environmental management, sustainability

We orient our activities within the Fresenius Group to long-term goals, and thus ensure that our work is aligned to the needs of patients, employees, and third parties in a sustainable manner. Our responsibility as a health care group goes beyond our business operations. One example is the Groupwide aid campaign for the victims of the Haiti earthquake at the beginning of 2010. Working together with government authorities and international aid organizations in the region, Fresenius made emergency supplies available for treating over 185,000 patients. This included infusions, anesthetics, antibiotics, and medical devices from Fresenius Kabi as well as dialysis products from Fresenius Medical Care. Together with the aid organization Austria International, Fresenius Vamed set up a mobile medical facility which, in addition to an ambulatory surgery unit, also included an intensive care unit and an emergency center.

We are committed to protecting nature as the basis of life and using its resources responsibly. It is our mission to constantly improve our performance in the areas of environmental protection, occupational health and technical safety, and product responsibility and logistics and to comply with legal requirements. The international ISO Standard 14001:2004 is the most important benchmark for environmental management in the corporate sector. Among other things, it stresses the need for continuous assessment of a production site’s impact on the environment, for instance with respect to emissions and waste. These international standards are implemented at our various production plants and most of our dialysis clinics. Key environmental performance indicators are, for instance, not only energy and water consumption but also the volumes of waste and recycling rates at our locations.

In Europe, our production sites are subject to the EU regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). The aim of REACH is to protect human health and the environment against hazards and risks from chemical substances. We have implemented this regulation. Fresenius Medical Care is also an active member of the REACH Working Group of the German Federal Association of the Medical Device Industry (Bundesverband Medizintechnologie or BVMed). In the few cases where Fresenius Kabi produces within the EU or imports products into the European market, all the relevant substances are pre-registered in compliance with the REACH regulation.

We support advancements in health care, not only by investing in our own research and development but also by furthering innovators outside the company: at the 11th Fresenius Inventors’ Fair in the reporting period, 23 specially selected researchers and developers presented their ideas for innovations in the medical and clinical field. Fresenius organizes the Inventors’ Fair every two years on the occasion of the Medica Trade Fair. This provides a platform for inventors to establish contacts with partners in trade and industry and with potential investors in order to further develop or market their ideas. About 40 doctors, scientists, engineers, technicians, and nurses took part in last year’s competition.

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