Bristol-Myers Squibb: Overarching Policies
Overarching Policies Bristol-Myers Squibb Mission and Commitment

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Mission and Commitment is, in essence, our company’s sustainable development policy. In them we support economic progress, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Social and Economic-Related Policies

Through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Mission and Commitment, our company fosters an ethic of promoting social and economic progress. From fair wages and equitable treatment for employees to ethical practices with our contractors and suppliers, our Commitment addresses a full range of sustainability issues.

Corporate Environment, Health and Safety Policy

We developed a worldwide environmental protection policy in 1983. The policy has been reviewed and updated periodically and today encompasses environmental, health and safety issues.

Voluntary Standards

We have joined the United Nations Global Compact as part of our commitment to support society and the environment in pursuit of our mission. The Global Compact is a corporate responsibility initiative that focuses on 10 principles covering human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Please see our 2016 U.N. Global Compact Communication on Progress here.

Bristol-Myers Squibb was one of the first companies in the world to self-declare that our companywide EHS management system meets or exceeds the requirements of ISO 14001, a voluntary, international specification for environmental management systems. Some Bristol-Myers Squibb facilities have obtained third-party certification to the ISO standard.

The Swords and Cruiserath sites in Ireland, participate in the International Responsible Care® program, the pharmaceutical industry’s global voluntary initiative under which companies work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with stakeholders about their products and processes.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is reporting our carbon emissions and water use through CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project).  Bristol-Myers Squibb partnered with the World Resources Institute and a group of large companies based in the northeast United States on a project to help corporations address climate change. This project, known as Climate Northeast brought together businesses from different economic sectors. A report on the partnership’s activities, A Climate of Innovation: Northeast Business Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, is available to the public.

2 Degree Communiqué

Bristol-Myers Squibb endorsed the 2°C Challenge Communiqué, the Cancun and Copenhagen Communiqués on Climate Change, which are initiatives of The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change run by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.


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