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Baxter manufactures its products at more than 50 facilities in 27 countries worldwide. The company has extensive environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs to minimize environmental impacts and ensure employee safety during the manufacture of Baxter‘s products.
Baxter generally requires third-party certification to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management System Standard for the company‘s manufacturing and research and development sites, and distribution sites with a capacity of more than 10,000 filled pallets or a workforce of 100 or more people. Manufacturing, research and development, and distribution sites that have achieved third-party ISO 14001 certification generally also pursue third-party Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certification, as it helps improve a facility‘s health and safety programs. As of year-end 2011, 66 Baxter locations (including all but one meeting the criteria outlined above) have met the requirements of ISO 14001 and are covered by Baxter‘s group certificate, and 50 Baxter locations were certified to OHSAS 18001. See EHS Management Systems and Certifications for detail.
In 2011, Baxter continued to improve its environmental and health and safety performance in manufacturing. See Environment, Health and Safety for more detail.
Baxter also influences its suppliers‘ manufacturing and other operational practices through its Ethics and Compliance Standards for Baxter Suppliers and the company‘s e-impact program. See Supply Chain for more detail about Baxter‘s activities in this area.