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.
Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer