RADNOR, Pa., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VWR (NASDAQ: VWR), the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers, has published its sixth annual Sustainability Report. Detailing the Company's global sustainability efforts, the report describes VWR's steady progress in addressing and improving the environmental, economic and social impacts of its operations. This is the second year VWR's report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 sustainability reporting guidelines.
"The Sustainability Report highlights our continued commitment to customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we work and live," stated Manuel Brocke-Benz, President and CEO, VWR. "By focusing on continual improvement and supporting our customers in achieving their sustainability goals, VWR has made tremendous progress toward our own sustainability goals, which were initially set in 2012. I would like to thank our employees for their contributions to this accomplishment."
VWR's sustainability program addresses people, planet and performance. Highlights from the 2017 Sustainability Report include:
People: Through innovative health and wellness programs, safety initiatives, empowering employment practices, and community engagement, VWR continues to build a healthy, happy and engaged workforce. In 2016, more than 4,000 VWR associates supported worthy causes by organizing fundraisers and participating in charitable wellness events around the globe.
Planet: Energy efficiency projects and education throughout the Company contributed to several important achievements, including a 3.4% reduction in absolute energy use and a 19% reduction in energy use per associate over 2010 consumption; a 9.5% decline in absolute Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and a 24% decline per associate since 2010; and an 87% landfill diversion rate.
Performance: Through product and technology enhancements and innovative solutions to address customer challenges, VWR is able to anticipate and quickly respond to customer needs. Some examples of innovation in 2016 include EXCiPACT™ Certification for VWR Custom Manufacturing, VWRCATALYST Histology Services, and Bioprocessing Freezer Farm.
To view VWR's 2017 Sustainability Report, click here.
VWR (NASDAQ: VWR), headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. With sales in excess of $4.5 billion in 2016, VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries. With more than 160 years of experience, VWR has cultivated a value proposition delivering product choice, operational excellence and differentiated services to improve our customers' productivity from research to production. VWR's differentiated services provide innovative, flexible and customized solutions from scientific research services to custom-manufactured chemical blends. Our dedicated team of more than 10,200 associates is focused on supporting scientists, medical professionals and production engineers to achieve their goals.
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