Company Reinforces its Commitment to Achieving Net-Zero Emissions and Supporting Decarbonization Across Operations by Joining Health Sector Climate Pledge
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, was recognized during the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the company’s public commitments to decarbonize its operations and improve resilience in the face of climate change.
The pledge reinforces BD’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as part of its 2030+ environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, and calls for health care companies across the U.S. to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
“By joining the White House-HHS Health Sector climate pledge, we are reaffirming our commitment to achieving net-zero emissions, and working toward growth of our business while supporting our communities and society for generations to come,” said Maureen Mazurek, chief sustainability and environmental, health and safety officer at BD. “We are partnering with stakeholders to improve our environmental footprint, build resilience in our operations and supply chain, and ultimately work toward successfully achieving our 2030+ ESG goals.”
BD has previously committed to reducing emissions by joining the United Nations Race to Zero, via the Business Ambition for 1.5°C and Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company continues to address its environmental footprint, making progress toward its 2040 carbon neutral goal by reducing its scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 10 percent in Fiscal Year 2022 (from a Fiscal Year 2019 baseline), and increasing the number of the company’s sites using renewable electricity.
The company’s progress in achieving climate resilience across its value chain is also demonstrated by its partnerships with health systems, regulated waste management companies and recyclers in the U.S., Brazil, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand to explore circular economy solutions for managing BD products at end of life.
A September 2021 consensus statement from more than 200 medical journals named climate change the number one threat to global public health, exposing millions of people in the United States to harm every year — with disproportionate impacts on communities that are often already the victims of longstanding discrimination — through increases in extreme heat waves, wildfires, flooding, vector-borne diseases and other factors that worsen chronic health conditions. The health care sector also contributes to climate change itself, accounting for approximately 8.5 percent of U.S. domestic emissions.