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Responsibility, environmental management, sustainability

We orient our activities within the Fresenius Group to long-term goals, and thus ensure that our work is aligned to the needs of patients, employees, as well as shareholders and business partners in a sustainable manner. Our responsibility as a health care group goes beyond our business operations. We are committed to protecting nature as the basis of life and using its resources responsibly. It is our mission to constantly improve our performance in the areas of environmental protection, occupational health and technical safety, and product responsibility and logistics and to comply with legal requirements. The international ISO Standard 14001 is an important benchmark for environmental management in the corporate sector. Among other things, it stresses the need for continuous assessment of a production site’s impact on the environment, for instance with respect to emissions and waste. This international standard is implemented at our various production plants and most of our dialysis clinics. Key environmental performance indicators are, for instance, not only energy and water consumption but also the volumes of waste and recycling rates at our locations.

In Europe, our production sites are subject to the EU regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of CHemicals). The aim of REACH is to protect human health and the environment against hazards and risks from chemical substances. Fresenius Medical Care is an active member of the REACH Working Group of the German Federal Association of the Medical Device Industry (Bundesverband Medizintechnologie or BVMed). In the few cases where Fresenius Kabi produces within the EU or imports products into the European market, all the relevant substances are pre-registered in compliance with the REACH regulation.

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