Progressive Environmental Stewardship

During fiscal year 2011, the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Council at Medtronic began crafting a new 5-year sustainability vision and strategic plan. Our EHS Vision 2015 identifies four strategic imperatives:

  • Strengthen compliance infrastructure and culture
  • Continuously improve EHS and sustainability performance
  • Develop a high performance organization
  • Align with stakeholder expectations

These imperatives reflect our goal to achieve consistent and comprehensive management of our environmental impacts across our global facilities, products and supply chain.

To realize this vision, we are aligning EHS strategies with the strategies of cross-functional partners in Research and Development, Operations, Global Sourcing and Quality. Internal teams were appointed to develop goals, objectives and action plans associated with each imperative, which were approved by the EHS Council during fiscal year 2011.

Implementation of the strategic plan will result in standardized tools and communications processes for EHS compliance, integration of EHS and sustainability into technology and product development, processes for assessing, understanding and responding to stakeholder requests, and continuous development of EHS talent across the enterprise.

For additional information about our management approach to environmental stewardship, please read our 2010 report.

Green Globes Certification

The environmental impact of our facilities remains a central focus, as Medtronic continues to drive continual improvement in energy consumption, emissions, and water conservation through programs such as Green Globes certification. Licensed in the United States by the Green Building Initiative, Green Globes is a green building performance evaluation and certification alternative to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Exploring ways to enhance facility environmental performance in a cost effective and efficient manner, Medtronic piloted the Green Globes assessment process at our World Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and discovered an 85 percent overlap with LEED criteria. The nearly 500,000 square-foot facility received three Green Globes, falling one percentage point shy of earning the highest rating of four.

Scored in six categories, our WHQ facility earned 100 percent in Resources and Environmental Management System, and 91% in Indoor Environment. Remaining categories included Energy (65 percent), water (79 percent) and Emissions, Effluents, and Pollution Controls (83 percent).

Our Global Facility Council is evaluating the results of our WHQ assessment to determine what best practices and standards can be applied to other Medtronic facilities. Benefits of the process include reduced operating costs, establishing baselines to measure continual improvement and implementing a standardized approach.

2011 Performance Review

During fiscal year 2011 Medtronic demonstrated continued improvement in all categories of environmental metrics that the company tracks, continuing our trend toward meeting or exceeding our fiscal year 2013 goals. Improvements from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2011 were greatest in air emissions and water use. Details regarding our performance in each area are available on subsequent pages.

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