As a leader in patient-focused innovation, we will engage in dialogue and transparency with our stakeholders to act as trusted partners and be accountable for our environmental, social and governance performance.


I am pleased to welcome you to Edwards Lifesciences’ 2015 Sustainability Report. While we continue to enhance our reporting efforts, we have stayed true to our company’s commitments to helping patients, acting as responsible corporate citizens and advancing the trust of our stakeholders, partners and communities—commitments that are long-held and strong. It begins with Our Credo, which guides our values, spirit and conscience in everything that we do, and forms the framework for our Aspirations, which are the goals that inspire our more than 10,000 talented global employees every day.

Our Credo and Aspirations help us define our annual strategic priorities and objectives. We align our sustainability reporting efforts to our Aspirations, as they represent the relationships and constituencies that are important to the success of our company as we serve patients around the world. Each Aspiration describes a theme that relates to our business environment and our stakeholders, and includes additional information on our sustainability efforts.

The medical technology industry is constantly evolving, with increasing demands placed upon us in the areas of regulations and transparency. With these as a guide, we are transforming our own sustainability efforts. Based upon feedback from our stakeholders, we established several new goals this year covering product health and safety, ethics and compliance, access to healthcare, transparent communications, patient experience, product design and innovation and employee engagement. To continue creating exceptional shareholder value, we have also developed new goals to create Board-level oversight of our efforts, as well as to incorporate sustainability into our strategic planning process by the year 2017.

While I’m pleased with our goals and what we are able to report on today, we are committed to refining our thinking on sustainability and identifying additional opportunities to enhance our practices. Thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to help more patients around the world.

Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer