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 expectations and requirements in the areas of transparency and regulations. With these as a guide, we are transforming our own sustainability efforts. Throughout 2016, we made progress on many of our goals covering product safety and quality, ethics and compliance, access to healthcare, transparent communications, patient experience, product design and innovation and employee engagement. We conducted a comprehensive materiality assessment through engagement with internal and external stakeholders that identified the sustainability topics that matter most for Edwards Lifesciences. We set sustainability targets that align with our five Aspirations. And, we published our Sustainability Metrics-at-a-Glance to provide a snapshot of our environment, social responsibility and governance efforts. We accomplished our goal of creating Board-level oversight of these efforts and are on track to incorporate sustainability into our strategic planning process this year.
Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer