As part of our commitment to being transparent about our corporate responsibility initiatives, including our business activities and operations, we publish an annual Corporate Responsibility Report.
In this 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, all of the quantitative data covers the calendar year from January 1 to December 31, 2015, unless otherwise noted. To ensure that readers have the most up-to-date information, some of the narrative in the report is about decisions and initiatives that took place in early 2016. Our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report was published in September 2015. We also regularly report updated information about our transparency initiatives and performance here.
We use several external guidelines and measurement frameworks to inform the scope of our reporting. These include the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Access to Medicine Index, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact. We also have completed a materiality analysis, which represents the issues that internal and external stakeholders have identified as having significant financial, operational or reputational impact on the company, and illustrates where our company can have a significant impact on society and the environment.
This report covers our company’s global operations, including those of subsidiaries, unless stated otherwise. It includes activities at all facilities, owned and leased, over which we have operational control, unless otherwise noted. The basis for reporting on other matters specific to the operations of our business—including joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can affect comparability from period to period—can be found in our 2015 Form 10-K, which is filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and is also available in the “Financial Reports” section of our corporate headquarters’ website.
There have been no significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods applied in this report. Acquisitions and divestitures are thoroughly discussed in our 2015 Form 10-K.
We have sought to provide a comprehensive view of how our company operates, and have focused on what is most important to our business success as well as to our external stakeholders. Wherever possible, we have guided readers to sources of more information, including our corporate headquarters’ website and our annual finance reports. We plan to publish our next comprehensive corporate responsibility report in 2017.