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At Medtronic, corporate responsibility has its roots in our Mission, a set of six tenets that cofounder Earl Bakken wrote in 1960 to define the company’s purpose and its path forward. The first tenet calls us to “contribute to human welfare,” and another to “maintain good citizenship as a company.” Simple words from long ago, yet visionary when you consider the recent global demand on businesses to create value for all stakeholders.
Nearly 60 years later, the Medtronic Mission fuels our employee engagement, giving employees a shared sense of purpose and providing a consistent set of guiding principles for how we operate as a company. It is the heart of our company culture around the world and the reason why corporate citizenship remains embedded in our business, extended by our employees, and multiplied by our partners.
Employee engagement translates to more than 90,000 employees in 150+ countries working every day to show up as a company that adds value to society, promotes environmental stewardship, supports a global workforce, and works responsibly.
Maintaining good corporate citizenship requires action. It requires focusing on our holistic financial and social impacts and our environmental stewardship. And, we’re up to that challenge.
Our global sustainability initiatives ensure we continue as a purpose-driven company for global good. Through planning, strategic thinking, and a passionate drive to act responsibly, we are constantly balancing our many priorities with our Mission in mind.
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