Medtronic 2020 Integrated Performance Report Shares Goal of Carbon Neutrality by FY30, Achievement of 100% Gender Pay Equity in the U.S., and Progress on COVID-19 Response
Report Outlines Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Topics Critical to the Company and Its Stakeholders
The report shares the company's approach to its most significant environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues across four global corporate citizenship and sustainability pillars: Adding Value to Society, Promoting Environmental Stewardship, Supporting a Global Workforce, and Working Responsibly. Medtronic details FY20 progress against each of these pillars, addressing key topics such as setting a goal to be carbon neutral in its operations by FY30; driving progress in inclusion, diversity and equity, with 100% gender pay equity achieved in the U.S. and other countries; and putting employees and patients first during COVID-19.
"We have a responsibility to take immediate action to create a sustainable future for our business, our communities, and our planet," said Geoff Martha, Medtronic chief executive officer. "Becoming carbon neutral by FY30 is one way we are reducing our environmental footprint. We must focus on improving the health of our global society, as we increase the sustainability of our business."
In FY20, the company achieved all its FY20 environmental performance targets, including a 36% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a FY13 baseline. In addition, the company demonstrated its commitment to addressing climate change through expanded reporting that meets the guidelines of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The TCFD content details the company's approach to climate governance, risk assessment, strategy, and metrics and targets.
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
"We believe in equal pay for equal work and regularly assess our global pay practices to close remaining gender and ethnic pay gaps," said Carol Surface, Medtronic chief human resources officer. "While I'm proud that we have achieved 100% gender pay equity in the United States and many other countries, there is still work to be done. We will not stop until we reach 100% pay equity for all."
In FY21 and into FY22, Medtronic has committed to several actions that will advance its global inclusion, diversity, and equity work for employees and the communities where it operates. The company will establish a new governance framework for inclusion and diversity where executive leadership is directly responsible for its success. Medtronic will create standards to measure the company's long-term progress, which will be reported and overseen by the Medtronic Board. These standards will incorporate representation goals tailored to each region and will be linked to compensation and advancement opportunities for all people managers. To improve the ability of all employees to contribute to inclusion, diversity, and equity, Medtronic will expand training to address unconscious bias and make ally-ship the expectation for all. The company will continue to report progress externally on new and existing inclusion, diversity, and equity actions, performance, and policies.
"We aspire to have a workforce that is as diverse as the communities in which we live and serve, where we have opportunity parity, a culture of belonging, and measurable impact in our communities," said Sally Saba, M.D., Medtronic chief inclusion and diversity officer. "As the global leader in healthcare technology, we have an opportunity to set a global example for inclusion, diversity, and equity. We will continue to act with urgency and conviction to transform our inclusion and diversity promise into reality."
"I'm proud of how quickly Medtronic mobilized to map out a course of action to help global healthcare professionals and partners continue to treat patients and also protect themselves in the face of COVID-19," said Martha. "Guided by our Mission, we operated with a high sense of urgency and conviction to accelerate innovation and unlock the power of our lifesaving technologies to help patients globally. With clear and decisive plans, and powerful collaboration beyond our walls, work that could have taken months or years instead took days and weeks."
The 2020 Medtronic Integrated Performance report was prepared in accordance with the core guidelines of the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting standards. The content is also informed by guidelines set forth by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) industry standard for Medical Equipment & Supplies as well as the TCFD index. The Integrated Performance Report, including the corresponding indices, are available for download here.
For more information on Citizenship at Medtronic, visit Medtronic.com/citizenship.
Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.
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