Baxter Joins National Health Organization Supporting Environmental Practices

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Baxter Joins National Health Organization Supporting Environmental Practices

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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 1:00pm

DEERFIELD, Ill., July 8, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today announced that it recently joined Practice Greenhealth, a membership organization that provides a forum for collaboration with other healthcare companies and organizations that are committed to improving their environmental performance as well as that of the healthcare industry. Baxter’s membership is just one way the company encourages improved environmental performance within the company and across the industry.

Baxter has held environmental stewardship as a priority for more than three decades, and has long set environmental goals for waste, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water and packaging as well as measuring progress and reporting results. As part of its mission to save and sustain lives, Baxter is committed to addressing environmental and social issues across the life cycle of its products. These range from sustainable design and bioethics during research and development, to energy and materials efficiency during manufacturing and transport, to responsible advertising and promotion, and finally, product repair, refurbishment and recycling for electronic products as appropriate at end-of-life. Baxter also has programs to ensure high standards in quality, safety and product integrity.

To further these efforts, Baxter launched a new Product Sustainability Program in 2012, building on extensive collaboration among its research and development, marketing and supply chain groups. The program team initiated new projects to define life cycle environmental impacts for both individual products and entire therapies. Additionally, Baxter’s product portfolio includes two products that were the first medical products to receive Carbon Footprint certification from the Carbon Trust, which provides independent verification of the carbon footprints of products and services.

About Baxter
Baxter's commitment to sustainability spans more than three decades. The company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and has been recognized by Corporate Responsibility magazine as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens and Newsweek’s Green Rankings as the leading U.S. healthcare company. Baxter is a member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association. The company endorses the Ceres principles and is an Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative. Further information about Baxter’s sustainability activities can be found at

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.

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