A Message from the CEO
With a history stretching back more than 100 years, C. R. Bard, Inc. exists today thanks to an unwavering focus on the sustainability of our business. The concept of sustainability is aligned with our Core Values and is inseparable from our strategic objective to position Bard to deliver above-market revenue growth for years to come.
We often highlight the diversity of our product portfolio when we talk to our stakeholders, because it is among the things that sets us apart. The products in each category are designed to enhance the lives of patients while lowering health care costs and sustaining economic growth. We are typically able to balance economic headwinds in one part of the business with strong, consistent performance in other categories. Because it takes precious resources to manufacture advanced medical technologies that are both safe and effective for patients, we endeavor to manage these resources in efficient and sustainable ways, helping to preserve them for future generations.
Our impact on people’s lives isn’t limited to the potential health benefits provided by the medical devices we design and produce. In conjunction with the C. R. Bard Foundation and through employee volunteerism and donations of time, money and products, we support education, health care, social welfare, arts and culture initiatives in the communities in which we live and work. In addition, we cultivate an inclusive workforce that spans a variety of cultures around the globe, employing talented individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We strive to provide our employees with a safe working environment, competitive compensation and opportunities to develop their careers beyond their initial set of responsibilities.
Our commitment extends to protecting people and the environment by meeting all applicable local, state, and federal regulations, as well as a strict code of internal standards. Our commitment to ethical, responsible corporate citizenship is embedded in our culture, and is integral to our interactions with customers, suppliers, governments and colleagues.
In short, when we talk about our goals and strategic priorities, sustainability is an inherent part of the equation, even when we don’t address it explicitly. The purpose of our 2014 Sustainability Report, and this section, is to provide our stakeholders with details of our current performance and efforts related to sustainability, including products, people and the environment, as we move forward in our second century as a business.
Timothy M. Ring
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
C. R. Bard, Inc.