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Our Sustainability Targets


Creating a lasting positive impact on our communities

Our targets
Our progress in 2020
Between 2020 and 2030, contribute 1 million volunteer hours to the communities in which we live and work. 8,000 Hours of volunteering.
Between 2020 and 2030, donate $125 million in products to underserved communities. $4.7 million Product donations.
Empower and promote the inclusion of all. Eight Global Employee Inclusion Groups were established. Our senior leaders and managers were trained on inclusion.





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 Health, Safety and Environment (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 2020
Achieve an 80% absolute reduction in total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, beginning by implementing 100% renewable electricity (eg solar or wind) plans at our facilities in Memphis, US, and Malaysia by 2022, and at all of our strategic manufacturing facilities by 2025.

All sites in Memphis, US, began sourcing renewable electricity.

72,945 tonnes CO2e emitted (location-based), a 6% reduction since 2019.

40,132 tonnes CO2e emitted (market-based), a 40% reduction since 2019.

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. 1,853 tonnes We sent 7% less waste to landfill during 2020 compared to the previous year.



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 (ie water usage, recycling percentages, etc.) will continue to be measured and reported.


Innovating sustainably

Our targets Our progress in 2020

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

Initiated sustainability reviews within New Product Development.
By 2025, incorporate at least 30% post-consumer recycled content into all non-sterile packaging materials. Started packaging reduction roadmap.
By 2025, incorporate packaging materials from sustainable sources for new packaging parts. Started to develop our packaging sustainability strategy and roadmap.
By 2025, complete supply chain assessment of all suppliers, including subsequent tier levels, to assure compliance with our sustainability requirements. We have started risk mapping our supply chain.








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 (e.g. 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 2020