Baxter’s Commitment to Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Business Recognized by Leading Organizations

  Baxter’s Commitment to Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Business
  Recognized by Leading Organizations

Company sector leader in Newsweek Green Rankings and Dow Jones Sustainability
                                    Index

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- November 05, 2012

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) has ranked first among U.S. healthcare
companies in Newsweek magazine’s Green Rankings for the fourth time since the
list’s inception in 2009. Baxter has also been named the Medical Products
Industry Leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and
the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) for the
11^th year since the launch of the DJSI in 1999. These and other recent
recognitions underscore Baxter's dedication to incorporating sustainability
into its operations and business objectives.

Baxter Ranked First Among U.S. Healthcare Companies in Newsweek Magazine’s
Green Rankings

For the fourth consecutive year, Baxter ranked first in the healthcare
category and 18^th overall in the U.S. list of the 2012 Green Rankings
produced by Trucost and Sustainalytics and published in Newsweek magazine. The
rankings assess the largest publicly traded companies measured by revenue,
market capitalization and number of employees, and each company's
environmental impact, management and disclosure. Independent reviewers assess
the quality of each company's environmental strategies, policies, transparency
and performance. For more information, see
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2012/newsweek-green-rankings.html.

Baxter Leads Medical Products Industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability World
and North America Indices

Baxter has been named the 2012 Medical Products Industry Leader of the Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability
North America Index (DJSI North America). This marks the 14th consecutive year
that the company has been listed in the DJSI and the 11th year the company has
been named Medical Products Industry Leader since the launch of the DJSI in
1999.

Baxter's leadership position resulted from top scores across a number of
performance areas, including innovation management, strategy to improve access
to products, environmental policy/management systems, operational
eco-efficiency, bioethics, social reporting and stakeholder engagement.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices track the financial performance of the
leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide, enabling investors to
integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios. The indices
cover approximately $6 billion in assets under management. For more
information, see http://www.sustainability-indexes.com/index.jsp.

Baxter Ranked First in Sector for Political Disclosure

Baxter was ranked as the Surgical, Medical, and Dental Instruments and
Supplies sector leader for political disclosure, transparency, and
accountability in the Center for Political Accountability (CPA) report The
2012 CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Accountability and Disclosure.
The second annual index reports on the political disclosure policies of the
top 200 companies in the S&P 500. Baxter’s annual Political Contributions
Report provides information about corporate contributions made in the United
States by Baxter as well as contributions made by its Political Action
Committee, BAXPAC. It also includes information about Baxter's lobbying
expenses and membership in trade and industry groups. For more information,
see http://www.politicalaccountability.net/ and
http://sustainability.baxter.com/public-policy/political-contribution-report.html.

Baxter’s Sustainability Efforts in India Receive Recognition

Baxter India was recently named ''The Best U.S. Company Operating in India''
in the Other Services category by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for
human capital management, corporate social responsibility and overall
contribution to Indo-U.S. business. Baxter India also received the
''Manufacturing Supply Chain Excellence Award'' in the Pharma/Life Sciences
category by the Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave, an organization
for logistics and supply chain professionals. Baxter has been operating in
India for more than 15 years and employs approximately 1,100 staff nationwide.

Baxter is committed to operating responsibly in interest of the company’s key
stakeholders, including local communities. Examples of sustainability efforts
in India include:

  *Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 350 metric tons per year by
    leveraging multimodal transportation among manufacturing locations and
    warehouses.
  *Implementing innovative renewable energy strategies such as using biomass
    fuels rather than fuel oil. Baxter’s manufacturing facilities in Alathur
    and Waluj use coconut shells, rice husks and sugar cane remnants as energy
    sources in boilers, which decreases fossil-fuel related greenhouse gas
    emissions, reduces energy costs and contributes to the local economy.
  *Participating in Making a Meaningful Difference Month each October, an
    initiative that rallies employees to give back to their local communities.
    In 2011, more than 700 Baxter India employees and their families
    volunteered 2,500 hours to improve the lives of people in their
    communities and care for the environment.
  *Supporting AmeriCares, Save the Children and Plan International India with
    grants through The Baxter International Foundation, Baxter’s philanthropic
    arm, to increase access to healthcare.

2012 Malta Ambassador’s Environmental Excellence Award

Baxter was recently named the recipient of the 2012 Ambassador’s Environmental
Excellence Award by the U.S. Embassy in Malta. The Ambassador praised Baxter
for its leadership in implementing and engaging the community in initiatives
that benefit the environment.Baxter has operated in Malta for more than 25
years and employs 400 staff nationwide.

For example, Baxter Malta has implemented a comprehensive Building Management
System that includes energy monitoring and tracking, the use of geothermal
energy, solar panels, an efficient compressed air system, and the extensive
use of LED lights throughout the plant.All of these programs and more have
contributed to the facility achieving the highest status in Baxter’s Lean
Energy Program that acknowledges energy efficiency of facility processes and
systems. For more information, please see
http://malta.usembassy.gov/pr-08012012.html.

About Baxter

Baxter's commitment to sustainability spans more than three decades. The
company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and has been
recognized by Corporate Knights as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable
Corporations in the World and by Corporate Responsibility magazine as one of
the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Baxter has also ranked first among U.S.
healthcare companies in Newsweek's annual Green Rankings since the list’s
inception in 2009. Baxter is a member of the Center for Health and the Global
Environment at Harvard Medical School, Center for Corporate Citizenship at
Boston College, and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association. The company
endorses the Ceres principles and is an Organizational Stakeholder of the
Global Reporting Initiative. Further information about Baxter’s sustainability
activities can be found at www.sustainability.baxter.com.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures
and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with
hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and
other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified
healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in
medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that
advance patient care worldwide.

Contact:

Baxter International Inc.
Media Contacts
Elaine Salewske, (805) 372-3142
Deborah Spak, (224) 948-2349
or
Investor Contacts
Mary Kay Ladone, (224) 948-3371
Clare Trachtman, (224) 948-3085
 
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