We remain focused on material environmental topics driving climate action, such as the sustainable use of energy. We will do this through expanded renewable energy sourcing and increased energy efficiency, with a specific focus on the use-phase of our products. We also remain focused on the sustainable use of materials, driving the transition to a circular economy.
On the social side – as part of our target to improve the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030 – we have developed new perspectives on how to expand access to care for underserved communities. For instance, through the further digitalization of care.
All these topics require urgent action. We continue to prioritize and embed sustainability in our innovation processes and apply EcoDesign requirements in product design, focusing on energy efficiency, packaging, substances, weight & materials, and circularity.
They also require us to team up with our customers and partners to amplify our ecological and social impact far beyond our own operations, and to build strong coalitions to drive global change. This includes working with our suppliers to reduce the environmental footprint of our entire supply chain in line with a 1.5 oC global warming scenario. Unavoidable carbon emissions in our own operations will be offset via investment in health-benefitting environmental projects, such as safe drinking water, clean energy, biodiversity, and forestation programs.