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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on October 29th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

WindMade label awarded to BD for global operations

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), one of the world’s leading global medical technology companies, has been awarded the WindMade label for the company’s global operations. The company, number 333 of the Fortune 500, has 29,000 associates in more than 50 countries.

The label, which is backed by the UN Global Compact and conservation group WWF, requires participating companies to obtain at least 25% of their electricity from wind power. BD, however, procures as much as 35% of its total electricity consumption from wind power.

“Using a clean source of electricity such as wind power is well aligned with our company purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives, and helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Glenn Barbi, BD’s Vice President of Global Sustainability. “Receiving the WindMade label is an important achievement that helps us communicate to our customers and other stakeholders about BD’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint”

The WindMade label was created to allow companies to communicate their commitment to renewable energy while providing consumers with the choice to favour companies and products using wind power.

“BD has been one of WindMade’s Pioneer Companies, and its management’s vision and relentless commitment to sustainability issues have been truly inspiring. We are proud and privileged to be granting the WindMade label to a company where environmental and social values are deeply engrained in the corporate culture,” said Henrik Kuffner, CEO of WindMade.

In addition to its own labelling, BD has supported the development of WindMade in numerous ways since joining the Pioneer Program in 2011. As part of this cooperation, Glenn Barbi joined the WindMade Board of Directors as a member in June 2012. Furthermore, BD’s Director of Sustainable Innovation & Stakeholder Relations, Ellen Kondracki, is a member of WindMade’s technical committee, and has been instrumental in developing a WindMade label for products, which will be launched shortly.

About BD

BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people’s health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD’s capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world’s most pressing diseases.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 29,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public.

For more information, please visit www.bd.com.

About WindMade™

WindMade is the first global label for enterprises, events and products that use wind power. The label is managed and awarded by an independent non-profit organisation. The aim of the WindMade label is to give enterprises the opportunity to communicate their commitment to wind power, and thus reinforce the use of renewable energy sources. The transparency of the label makes it possible for consumers to favour businesses that make a direct contribution to promoting renewable energy.

For more information about WindMade, see www.windmade.org.

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