Sustainability report

Supply chain management

Edwards Lifesciences’ supply chain management practices focus on product lifecycle, design, and innovation, and commitment to product stewardship supports our aspiration of transforming patient lives with breakthrough medical technologies.

Definition

Monitoring and assessing product quality, safety, social and environmental performance of Edwards’ suppliers. Innovating to improve quality, design and performance of products and reducing environmental impacts of Edwards’ products throughout their lifecycle. Reducing environmental and human health impacts from Edwards’ use of harmful materials and chemicals in products or operations.

Our aspirations

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Passionate engagement that strengthens our communities

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Excelling as a trusted partner through distinguished quality and integrity

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New Wastewater Treatment & Recycling Plant Haina, DR

In 2018, our Dominican Republic location finished the installation of an on‐site Wastewater Treatment Plant with reuse capability. In the past, much of the business parks wastewater was discharged with limited treatment. We invested in this new system to ensure our own wastewater is thoroughly treated before discharging to the local sewer. In addition, the system is designed to collect and recycle up to 30 percent of the treated water for reuse in our restrooms. We are anticipating saving up to 15,000 m3 per year of water starting in 2019.

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Storm Water Harvesting & Turf Replacement Reduces Water Usage

Our “Central Park” at out headquarters campus in Irvine, California is designed to collect rain water for filtering and re‐use on our campus landscaping. The storm water harvesting tanks serve two primary environmental purposes: 1) by collecting storm water runoff, we are able to prevent potentially contaminated rain water from being released to the environment, and 2) by reusing the storm water on our landscaping, we are able to help conserve water and reduce adverse impacts during periods of drought.

Our harvesting system consists of two 30,000-gallon underground storage tanks, which are designed to collect and treat 120,000 liters of water per inch of rainfall. Our typical average rainfall ranges from 10 to 15 inches per year, equivalent to collecting, treating and recycling 1,200 to 1,800 m3 per year. In order to further conserve water and enhance the enjoyment of our campus, we replaced the natural grass with artificial turf in 2018. This allows us to conserve water during the summer and dry months; it also allows us to continue to treat the storm water prior to recycling or discharging. In 2018, we saved 1.3 million gallons of water and achieved a 20 percent reduction in green waste.

In 2018 at our Draper, Utah, facility, we implemented a number of measures to reduce water usage to include xeriscaping and use of AstroTurf, projected to result in an annual reduction in water usage of one million gallons per year in 2019 as compared to the 2017 baseline.

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Edwards Singapore Awarded High Distinction Recognition

For the fourth year in a row, our Singapore plant team was recognized for being among the leading US-based companies in Singapore displaying exemplary leadership in Corporate Sustainability and Societal Excellence. Our team received the AmCham CARES award with High Distinction from the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. AmCham CARES recognizes American companies in Singapore that demonstrate a strong understanding of the linkages between business operations and society and conduct business in a manner that creates long-term economic and social value. Contributions from Edwards Singapore included installation of solar powered street lighting, high participation in community events across nine different activities and renewal of its ISO 14001 certification. The awards submissions are evaluated by the AmCham Social Impact Taskforce and assessed on four main factors: communications, measurement, strategy and sustainability. The program is a platform to benchmark, raise awareness of CSR and corporate citizenship among its members and recognize and share best practice programs.