Sustainability at BD

At BD, we view sustainability as a portfolio of complementary initiatives and actions that help us achieve our purpose of advancing the world of health. We see the modern social and environmental challenges our world faces as opportunities to make a difference while strengthening our company.


Our sustainability strategy has evolved to focus on our role in addressing the wide range of challenges facing our industry, our society and the planet. To further enable our progress, we remain focused on shared value creation, which is how we address unmet societal needs through business models and initiatives that also contribute to the commercial success of BD.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

At BD, we actively evaluate how we can mobilize and contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through our product and service offerings, as well as collaborative efforts across various sectors-most prominently around SDG3, for good health and well-being. The three case studies below demonstrate our efforts to advance the SDGs.

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Innovation: Healthcare safety, reach and cost

  • Innovate key healthcare processes such as medication management and lab automation
  • Develop innovations and informatics to enable disease management across the care continuum
  • Enable the transition from research into clinical practice
  • Provide solutions that improve healthcare worker and patient safety

Access: Healthcare in resource-limited populations

  • Develop low-cost innovations to address leading causes of mortality and morbidity
  • Collaborate on health system strengthening with leading agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Further expand BD manufacturing, product array and employment in emerging countries

Efficiency: Environmentally sound products and resilient operation

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout value chain
  • Eliminate priority materials of concern
  • Minimize environmental footprint in manufacturing
  • Drive supplier responsibility evaluation methodology
  • Improve life cycle impacts of current and future products

Empowerment: Positive workforce and community impacts

  • Increase diversity of our workforce, particularly in leadership roles
  • Achieve best-in-class associate safety performance
  • Drive social impact and associate engagement through volunteer programs
  • Partner with nonprofits to address unmet needs locally and globally