Abbott Laboratories

Company Score

Industry Health Care Equipment & Services
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 210
Impact Notes 8
SDG Covered 7 out of 17

Abbott Laboratories is an American medical device and health care company headquartered in Illinois, United States. The company sells medical devices, diagnostics, branded generic medicines, and nutritional products. Its well-known products across the medical devices, diagnostics, and nutrition product divisions are Pedialyte, Similac, Ensure, Glucerna, ZonePerfect, FreeStyle Libre, i-STAT, and MitraClip. Abbott employs 103,000 people worldwide.

Read about Abbott Laboratories and its impact below.

Impact notes

Responsible Consumption and Production

Zero Waste to Landfill program to preserve a healthy environment

Profile KP
Icon time Thu Dec 5th, 2019 at 12:32pm

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[1].

Good Health and Well-being

Abbott Laboratories's obscure role in fueling the Opioid Crisis

Profile Bhavana Poosarla
Icon time Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 4:01pm

The US’s Opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that has cost the country 700,000 lives [1] and an economic burden of $78.5 bn a year. [2] 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. [3]

Climate Action

Despite the work accomplished since 2010, Abbott remains one of the worst polluters in an industry that emits a surprisingly large amount of CO2

Profile Ronald
Icon time Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 10:53am

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 [1] .  According to that same survey, Abbott was the 3rd worst polluter in the pharmaceutical industry.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Abbott initiatives for water management

Profile Diane
Icon time Sun Sep 15th, 2019 at 7:51pm

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.

No Poverty

Abbott improves access to diagnostic tests of deadly diseases in developing countries

Profile Girish
Icon time Fri Aug 23rd, 2019 at 9:13am

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.