About Us

Sustainability

Protecting the environment and advancing sustainability go hand in hand with our mission of improving and saving lives with diagnostics. From products to packaging, we work to incorporate environmental improvements that reduce waste, provide a greener alternative and/or help eliminate water consumption. 

Protecting the environment and advancing sustainability go hand in hand with our mission of improving and saving lives with diagnostics. From products to packaging, we work to incorporate environmental improvements that reduce waste, provide a greener alternative and/or help eliminate water consumption. 

Eliminating water consumption

Through our dry technology, we have helped hospitals around the world save millions of liters of fresh water. It’s why you can find our VITROS® Systems on aircraft carriers and humanitarian aid ships, and in remote areas.

  • VITROS Systems do not introduce hazardous biomedical and chemical waste into the water supply.

  • VITROS XT MicroSlides and VITROS MicroSlide Technology use a small, postage-stamp-sized test format that does not result in liquid waste compared to traditional wet chemistry testing.

    31 million gallons of water saved by a facility-wide initiative.

Reducing Waste

Our goal is a 5% reduction in the impact of total regulated and nonregulated waste through elimination, reclassification or diversion to more sustainable treatment methodologies by 2022.

400

tons of medical waste recycled into plastic construction materials from 2016 to 2018

875

typical U.S. homes can be powered per year by the amount of energy offset by our solar panels and co-generation unit

Zero

waste-to-landfill status at our Pencoed, U.K. site

Providing a greener alternative

Generating clean energy at our global facilities and incorporating environmentally friendly practices into our product manufacturing and packaging. We never stop assessing our global environmental impact and carbon footprint across our full supply chain and continue to find ways to help our customers create a more sustainable and eco-friendly world. 

By 2022, we hope to save 14 million gallons of water, 100,000 pounds of waste and 8,360 million watts of energy.

Recognition

We have been recognized for the following sustainability efforts:

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All our main manufacturing facilities worldwide have been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard since 2001 — and more recently have been certified to the even more stringent ISO 14001:2015 standard.

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Our Raritan site is recognized as an Environmental Stewardship Site by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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Our Rochester site is a member of the New York Green Business Program. Ortho is one of only 14 companies in New York as a charter member of the program, which recognizes superior environmental performance.