At Medtronic, our approach to corporate citizenship begins with our Mission, written 50 years ago by our founder Earl Bakken. In it he articulates the company's call to “alleviate pain, restore health and extend life” and “to maintain good citizenship as a company.”
Our corporate citizenship vision is twofold:
- to leverage our resources, assets, and expertise to catalyze dramatic improvement in the lives of those affected by chronic disease, and
- to operate responsibly in all facets where our business intersects with society.
To demonstrate our vision, we align our citizenship initiatives with five pillars that define our unique focus: Global Leadership in Addressing Chronic Disease, Collaborative Culture of Innovation, Responsibility in the Marketplace, Total Employee Engagement and Progressive Environmental Stewardship.