Abbott publishes 2011 Global Citizenship Report

Global health care company Abbott today released its 2011 Global Citizenship Report.

The report demonstrates how the company applies its business acumen, scientific expertise, resources and employee engagement to create long-term sustainable solutions to health care challenges. Highlights of Abbott's progress against its four citizenship priorities include:

• Innovating for the Future: Abbott is partnering with more than 75 leading universities, peer companies and research institutions to address emerging health issues in both developed and developing markets. The report includes a video showcasing Abbott's research in neglected tropical diseases, including its work with DNDI.

• Enhancing Access: Abbott and its nonprofit foundation, the Abbott Fund, invested more than $730 million in 2011 to support capacity-building, product donations and patient assistance programs around the world. The report includes a video illustrating Abbott's partnership with PATH to improve the quality and distribution of fortified rice in India, as well as a video highlighting the company's collaboration with Partners in Health to build sustainable, locally sourced nutrition solutions in Haiti.

• Supporting Patients and Consumers: Abbott's comprehensive approach to supporting patients and consumers includes continually improving products in response to feedback; standardizing and upgrading quality systems; and ensuring robust supply chain management. In 2011, Abbott expanded its partnerships with multiple patient organizations.

• Safeguarding the Environment: Abbott met its goals for reduction in carbon emissions and water use in 2011. The report includes a video demonstrating the company's efforts to conserve water and reduce its environmental footprint.
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