Section 01
Our CSR Vision
Understanding our Corporate Social Responsibility priorities.
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Our CSR Vision

For Cook, Corporate Social Responsibility is about more than just philanthropy or tracking environmental data. It's about using our core business opportunities, skills, and resources to not just do good business, but do good in the world. In order to develop a Corporate Social Responsibility program that effectively represents the mission of the organization and the needs of our community members, we worked with a large group of stakeholders to determine which environmental, social, and governance aspects are truly significant to Cook Medical.

In collaboration with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), we hosted an internal CSR summit in Bloomington in October of 2019 and invited nearly 40 Cook employees from around the globe to participate. These employees spanned every part of the business, represented all global manufacturing locations, and brought diverse perspectives from the manufacturing floor to the executive suite. In preparation for the summit, we gathered context on Cook’s current CSR performance by conducting executive interviews and soliciting internal stakeholder input via questionnaires.

Once we had compiled baseline data, we hosted a strategy session and workshop over the course of the two-day CSR summit.  The group had to determine which topics were both important to the business and could be significantly impacted by our work (we call these 'material aspects'). Our business plan priorities helped guide the discussion of which aspects were most critical to us. To determine whether we could have a significant impact on an issue, we considered the scope of the issue and our ability to impact it on a local, regional, and global level.

We then discussed how ambitious we wanted to be in regard to each potential priority aspect. We came away with 8 priority aspects for Cook Medical’s CSR program.

In order to ensure that our CSR program remains relevant and effective, we will perform internal materiality assessments every few years. We also plan to engage with external stakeholders (including hospital systems, healthcare practitioners, regulators, and community members) in our communities to affirm that our materiality analyses produce results that align with community priorities and needs.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is an organization of sustainable business experts that works with its global network of the world’s leading companies to build a just and sustainable world. BSR’s mission is to work with business to create a just and sustainable world – a world in which everyone can lead a prosperous and dignified life within the boundaries of the Earth’s natural resources. BSR™ provides insight, advice, and collaborative initiatives to help create long-term business value and scale impact.
CSR Priority Area Definitions
Community Engagement & Social Enterprise
Engagement with relevant communities to ensure the removal of barriers and the equitable availability of meaningful work to the benefit of all.
Community Health Outcomes
Company efforts to improve overall health of patients, including addressing unmet medical needs and investing in underserved patient populations.
Responsible Research & Development
Company stewardship to develop a product portfolio strategy focused on global health outcomes – addressing unmet medical needs or small patient populations.
Climate Mitigation
Reducing emissions which contribute to the greenhouse effect. Improving energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in our operations and supply chain.
Materials Use
Use of material resources as inputs in production (scarce minerals, conflict minerals, hazardous substances, etc.) which can affect natural resources availability and/or can have negative environmental impact from beginning to end of its life cycle.
Product Environmental Stewardship
Responsible environmental impact of products (including packaging) from production, through use and end-of-life or reuse. Impacts include lifecycle effect on the environment, minimizing the effect of hazardous materials, etc.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Maintaining at all levels a company workforce that reflects the dimensions of diversity of the workforce pool. Working to create a work environment where all individuals feel included and recognized, and have equitable experiences and opportunities.
Working Conditions & Benefits
Going beyond compliance to ensure that our employees and supply chain partners are being treated with respect. Honoring human rights commitments globally.

Cook & the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The goals are a collection of 17 calls-to-action which were formed with the intention of reducing poverty and inequality around the world.

Companies are called upon to consider which goals they can most effectively address, and to team up with public and private sector partners to maximize their sustainable development impact. When considering Cook Medical’s operations, the goals listed here stand out as intersectional with our mission, priorities, and vision for an equitable future.

In this report, we will frame our CSR priorities in regard to the sustainable development goals and how we are doing our part to support this global effort. Our priorities are
grouped under an associated Sustainable Development
Goal, with the theme of Reduced Inequalities incorporated throughout our CSR activities.  

Good health & wellbeing: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Decent work & economic growth: promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Reduced inequalities: reduce inequality within and among countries.
Responsible consumption & production: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Climate Action: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.