Edwards Lifesciences’ work to meet Environmental Compliance serves our Aspiration to Strengthen Our Communities.
Management ApproachEdwards Lifesciences must ensure our business practices meet regulatory standards in each of our global markets. For environmental responsibility, this means adhering to all environmental requirements including limiting impacts to air, land and water through our daily business operations.
Environmental Compliance at Edwards
Edwards meets all regulatory requirements enforced by the countries, cantons and cities in which we operate. These include regulations for:
- Air emissions from fuel combustion and chemical operations
- Wastewater discharge from solutions processes
- Hazardous waste and nonhazardous waste disposal from manufacturing and support operations
- Recycling opportunities for all environmentally impactful substances
To sell our products in the European Union, we must adhere to the EU Packaging Directive and the REACH and RoHS standards for safe chemical usage. Detailed information about these directives is available in the Waste and Chemical & Materials Stewardship sections of this report. Edwards conducts both internal and third-party auditing of its manufacturing operations to ensure that compliance requirements are satisfied.
Monitoring Environmental, Health & Safety Risks
Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) department manages our compliance with environmental standards and mitigation of related risks. Each Edwards location participates in corporate EHS audits on an annual basis and third-party audits every three years, or based on regulatory risks presented by the operations. On a continual basis, we have a process to conduct due diligence on possible EHS risks and requirements for business acquisitions, divestitures and property expenditures. It is Edwards’ internal policy to address all regulatory findings within 60 days and non-regulatory findings within 90 days.
Achieving Voluntary CertificationsEdwards receives customer inquiries regarding the certification of our facilities to ISO standards for environmental performance. We value all stakeholder input and do our best to incorporate this feedback into our processes. Currently, four of six of our major global manufacturing operations have achieved ISO 14001 accreditation, and we plan to obtain accreditation for our remaining plants by 2018.
Edwards is dedicated to compliance with environmental standards. We are proud to report that in 2015, Edwards had zero significant EHS-related violations or fines. There were no stakeholder grievances, hazardous spills or serious due diligence concerns regarding our environmental, health and safety performance.Looking toward 2020, Edwards supports individual plant initiatives to achieve ISO 14001 certification. This includes our headquarters in Irvine, Calif. The status of our facilities in 2015 includes:
- Anasco: Maintained ISO 14001 certification
- Draper: Maintained ISO 14001 certification
- Haina: Achieved ISO 14001 certification
- Singapore: Achieved ISO 14001 certification
In addition to aesthetic appeal, the low-maintenance wall saves energy and reduces noise pollution. It protects the building from sun damage, rain and temperature fluctuations. Every day, it serves as a reminder to our Irvine employees of Edwards’ commitment to preserving and respecting our planet.