Our Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda: Contributing to Society

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda is about much more than just doing the right thing. It is about building a more robust, resilient business that serves both people and the planet. Therefore, we have integrated CSR into our management systems across our organization. 

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the framework for global sustainable development and serve as a compass for businesses like ours to meet societal, environmental, and economic challenges. 

As a global healthcare company, we are working towards the SDGs to contribute to a more sustainable future. There are five action fields where our CSR is brought to life: environment, community, business ethics, products and services, and employees.

Our business and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As a global healthcare company, we work towards to the following global goals in particular:


We also see the potential to increase our positive impact on these sustainability goals in the future: 

The five action fields of our Corporate Social Responsibility

While the SDGs form overall societal expectations, we focus internally on three action fields in which our Corporate Social Responsibility is brought to life: 

  • Our initiatives and learning programs for our employees 
  • Our high-quality, safe products and services, as well as our technological innovation
  • Our culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency, reflected in our business ethics

Further, with our business operations we have a direct impact on two further action fields:

  • Our communities we serve
  • The environment

Through our good corporate citizenship initiatives, as well as our commitment to environmental protection and sustainable resource use, we are closing the loop of our CSR agenda.

These five action fields are crucial to our company's sustainable success. They support our continued growth and empower us to positively impact global healthcare, patient care, and society at large.

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda at a glance


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the guiding framework for our CSR activities. 

The environment is threatened by resource depletion and climate change. Environmental protection is a key pillar of our operations and helps us contribute to four environmentally relevant goals.

Our society faces challenges like poverty and social inequality. We care about the communities we belong to and support our employees’ initiatives around the globe. In this context, good corporate citizenship forms another pillar of our social responsibility. 

We are committed to business ethics by upholding the highest ethical and human rights standards in our work and interactions with key stakeholders. We refuse to participate in bribery, corruption, and other unethical practices. 

Through our products and services, we provide safe and high-quality healthcare solutions while contributing to the economic development of our target markets. 

Our employees are passionate about our mission, “caring for life.” They play an important role in advancing sustainability goals.