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Our Sustainability Targets


Creating a lasting positive impact on our communities


  • Between 2020 and 2030, contribute 1 million volunteer hours to the communities in which we live and work
  • Between 2020 and 2030, donate $125 million in cash and products to underserved communities.

Additional Actions

  • Revise social responsibility strategy and implement globally, including guidance to all locations on philanthropy and volunteering
  • Continue to measure and report on all current health and safety metrics (i.e. incident rates)
  • Implement targeted training and performance elements in Commercial areas
  • Continue to share best practices across operations sites
  • Continue and extend robust HSE audit programme
  • Become fully compliant with identified applicable international labour standards within Smith+Nephew.



Having the most positive impact in the MedTech sector


  • Achieve an 80% absolute reduction in total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 beginning by implementing 100% renewable electricity (e.g. solar or wind) plans at our facilities in Memphis (US) and Malaysia by 2022 and at all of our strategic manufacturing facilities by 2025
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill at our facilities in Memphis (US) and Malaysia by 2025 and at all of our strategic manufacturing facilities by 2030.

Additional Actions

  • Develop and implement a greenhouse gases (GHG) reduction programme
  • Determine local human and ecosystem water needs at each significant location
  • Develop and implement a water reduction programme targeted to high risk locations
  • Develop and implement a waste reduction programme
  • All current metrics (i.e. water usage, recycling percentages, etc.) will continue to be measured and reported.



Innovating sustainably


  • By 2022, include sustainability review in New Product Development phase reviews for all new products and product acquisitions
  • By 2025, incorporate at least 30% post-consumer recycled content into all packaging materials
  • By 2025, complete supply chain assessment of all suppliers and subsequent tier levels to assure compliance with our sustainability requirements.

Additional Actions

  • Apply identified international labour standards to our downstream partners using current compliance scheme
  • Extend current compliance scheme relative to identified international labour standard to upstream vendors
  • Identify and catalogue the sustainability attributes in existing products and services
  • Identify attributes of value to customers, investors and regulators and embed them into R&D/NPD targets and processes
  • Develop and implement a programme to communicate and embed product and service sustainability attributes into Medical Education, Market Development, Sales Training, R&D/NPD and product launch, Evidence generation, and Manufacturing processes
  • Implement processes to ensure current and ongoing compliance with the customer and regulatory requirements (i.e. chemicals of concern, Modern Slavery, conflict minerals, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE), Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations (REACH), Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (California Proposition 65/Prop65), etc.).

Sustainability report 2019