Zero Waste to Landfill program to preserve a healthy environment
Abbott Laboratories main businesses are in medical devices, diagnostics, nutrition and medicine. For a healthcare manufacturer, production and disposal of products are key impact issues. According to the World Health Organisation, the heathcare sector produce a large amount of solid waste, such as drugs, disposable or single use medical devices, cleaning and disinfection products of which 15% to 25% are hazardous.
Abbott Laboratories's obscure role in fueling the Opioid Crisis
The US’s Opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that has cost the country 700,000 lives  and an economic burden of $78.5 bn a year.  The crisis began in the late 1990s when large pharmaceutical companies pursued intensive marketing strategies to lure clinicians into over-prescribing harmful drugs as acceptable painkillers. It mainly affected white, female, rural, and working-class people who resorted to painkillers as they couldn’t afford expensive medical treatments. 
Despite the work accomplished since 2010, Abbott remains one of the worst polluters in an industry that emits a surprisingly large amount of CO2
According to a study from researchers at McMaster University, the pharmaceutical industry has become a bigger polluter than the automotive sector. The research found that, based on 2015 figures, the pharmaceutical industry produced 55% more CO2 per USD million of revenues than the automotive industry  . According to that same survey, Abbott was the 3rd worst polluter in the pharmaceutical industry.
Abbott initiatives for water management
A supply of clean, safe drinking water is an essential element of healthy living environments. Nowadays due to water scarcity, saving water is an important priority in all regions, even where water seems abundant.
Abbott improves access to diagnostic tests of deadly diseases in developing countries
Early and accurate diagnosis of infectious disease is critically important because it can improve the effectiveness of treatments and helps to avoid long-term complications for the infected patient. Undiagnosed patients can unknowingly transmit the disease to others.