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Our Sustainability Targets


Creating a lasting positive impact on our communities

Our targets
Our progress in 2021
Between 2020 and 2030, contribute 1 million volunteer hours to the communities in which we live and work. 10,000 Hours of volunteering.
Between 2020 and 2030, donate $125 million in products to underserved communities. $1.4 million Product donations.
Empower and promote the inclusion of all. Nine Global Employee Inclusion Groups are now established.





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


A medical technology business with a positive impact

Our targets Our progress in 2021

Achieve net zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHGs by 2040 and Scope 3 GHGs by 2045, beginning by achieving a 70% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHGs by 2025.

Our target prior to September 2021: 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 our strategic manufacturing facilities by 2025.

We have made a commitment to achieve net zero by these dates. A carbon roadmap for Scopes 1 and 2 through 2025 has been developed and one for Scope 3 is being developed.

76,222 tonnes CO2e emitted (location-based), a 1% reduction since 2019.

46,797 tonnes CO2e emitted (market-based), a 30% reduction since 2019.

All Sites in Memphis continue to source renewable electricity. Our new site in Malaysia is making progress with options to both source and generate renewable electricity in 2022.

Achieve zero waste to landfill at our facilities in Memphis and Malaysia by 2025 and at all our strategic manufacturing facilities by 2030.

1,829 tonnes we sent 9% less waste to landfill during 2021 compared to 2019.



Additional actions

  • Develop and implement a 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

Our targets Our progress in 2021

By 2022, include sustainability review in New Product Development (NPD) phase reviews for all new products and product acquisitions. 

Sustainability is now part of our NPD Phase Review process, ensuring that we discuss, consider and implement sustainability in our product design.

By 2025, incorporate at least 30% post-consumer recycled content into all non-sterile packaging materials. 

Initiated supplier discussions to collaborate on material portfolio. Developing a database to provide visibility of all packaging materials and their composition in order to assess status and progress against target.

By 2025, incorporate packaging materials from sustainable sources for new packaging parts.

Established packaging sustainability strategy and roadmap. Working with our top packaging suppliers to investigate and select more sustainable materials for new packaging parts.

By 2025, complete supply chain assessment of all suppliers, including subsequent tier levels, to assure compliance with our sustainability requirements. 

We have completed the internal screening due diligence for 100% of our Tier 1 suppliers.








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 compliance with the customer and regulatory requirements (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)).

Sustainability report 2021