Baxter Taps New Technologies, Forms Collaborations to Improve Environmental Sustainability and Access to Healthcare

  Baxter Taps New Technologies, Forms Collaborations to Improve Environmental
  Sustainability and Access to Healthcare

          Baxter and its Foundation Address Critical Community Needs

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- April 02, 2013

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) is incorporating innovative technologies
and has recently established new partnerships in its commitment to
environmental sustainability and increasing access to healthcare. Recently the
company initiated installation of a trigeneration unit at its Toongabbie,
Australia manufacturing facility, and developed strategic partnerships to
decrease barriers to care in rural China and optimize environmentally
responsible product transportation. The company also announced its 2012
charitable giving figures and community support initiatives.

Employees from Baxter Vietnam's facility provided fun activities for children
living at Hoa Binh (Pe ...

Employees from Baxter Vietnam's facility provided fun activities for children
living at Hoa Binh (Peace) Village, a specialist school and medical center for
child victims of Agent Orange and dioxin poisoning, as part of a volunteerism
event during Making a Meaningful Difference Month. (Photo: Business Wire)

Baxter’s Toongabbie, Australia Facility Initiates Installation of
Trigeneration Unit

Baxter’s Toongabbie, Australia manufacturing facility recently began
installation of a trigeneration unit at the facility to improve energy
efficiency while reducing total facility energy cost. Trigeneration is an
industrial-scale process where a single fuel source is used to generate
electricity and thermal energy for both heating and cooling. Trigeneration
reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to electricity consumption,
improves power reliability by protecting the facilities from manufacturing
interruptions that may occur from local utility outages, and allows the
facility to use the byproduct heat (thermal energy) from electricity
generation for other plant operations, further reducing facility energy cost.
Several other Baxter sites use cogeneration to generate electricity and
thermal energy for heating, including facilities in Castlebar, Ireland;
Istanbul, Turkey; Lessines, Belgium; and Sabiñánigo, Spain.

Baxter estimates that the trigeneration unit will reduce electricity-related
GHG emissions 38 percent annually and expects system completion by year end
2013. The facility received a $2.2 million clean energy grant from the
Australian Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program as incentive for
investing in cleaner energy. Baxter’s Toongabbie headquarters has also
incorporated environmental features such as double glazing windows to reduce
heat load, placement of 150 solar panels on the roof for electricity and reuse
of rainwater for toilet use.

Baxter China Partners with Government to Increase Access to Renal Therapy

Baxter China has partnered with the Chinese National Institute of Hospital
Administration under an endorsement from the Ministry of Health to develop and
deploy a sustainable care and delivery model for peritoneal dialysis (PD)
patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or irreversible kidney failure,
living in rural areas of the country. Peritoneal dialysis is a home-based
therapy in which patients infuse a solution through a surgically implanted
catheter in their abdomen into their peritoneum, or abdominal cavity, where it
draws waste products across the peritoneal membrane (which serves as a natural
filter) into the solution.

The program, named “Flying Angel” for its intent to address the barriers to
access for dialysis therapy in rural areas, piloted in six provinces beginning
in early 2012. The majority of ESRD patients in rural China have limited
access to care and therapy due to low awareness levels of the disease and
limited hospital infrastructure and personnel. China’s Ministry of Health
ranked ESRD among the country’s top eight critical diseases in 2012. Currently
only a minority of the estimated one million patients in China with ESRD
receive regular treatment.

The program will focus on establishing a logistics distribution model,
standards of care, public education programs, training for healthcare
professionals and improving affordability for patients.

Environmentally Responsible Product Transport Partnerships

Baxter uses several approaches to decrease the environmental impact of its
product transport. Different modes of transport, such as air, ocean, river
barges, trucks and rail, have varying levels of environmental impact largely
because they use different amounts of fuel per ton of product shipped. Given
Baxter’s product mix and global reach, combining multiple modes of transport
for a single shipment offers the greatest opportunity for the company to save
costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). To this end, Baxter has
developed innovative strategic partnerships with companies in varying
industries to create transportation synergies and decrease GHG emissions.

For example, Baxter has been co-loading transports between Belgium and Ireland
since August 2012 with Donaldson Company, Inc., a global manufacturer of
filtration systems, through the synchronization of shipments. By using fewer
containers and higher capacity utilization, the initiative reduces GHG
emissions by approximately 14 percent per shipment while also reducing
transportation costs for both companies. Since 2011, Baxter has been
co-loading with another global healthcare company on multiple destinations to
central and eastern Europe.

In Canada, Baxter arranged a shipment optimization process with Mohawk Shared
Services Inc. (MSSI), a healthcare procurement shared services organization,
which has reduced transport and transfer costs, fuel and gas emissions by
shipping products directly from Baxter’s manufacturing facility to the MSSI
warehouse. Prior to this agreement, Baxter products were shipped to an
intermediary warehouse for processing before shipment to the MSSI warehouse
and customers.

Baxter and its Foundation Invest in Local Communities

Baxter and its philanthropic arm, The Baxter International Foundation, make
financial and in-kind donations to address critical community needs globally,
including increasing access to healthcare, improving education and helping
developing nations and countries in crisis. In 2012, combined giving from
Baxter and its Foundation totaled more than $56 million, comprised of:

  *$28 million from donations of Baxter products through donor partners and
    the company's U.S. patient assistance programs. Product donations helped
    63 countries in need, including proactive donations of intravenous (IV)
    antibiotics and other IV solutions that were used in response to Hurricane
    Sandy that affected the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States
    in 2012. Pre-positioning product helps Baxter ensure its critical products
    are first on the scene following disasters and tragedies, and that the
    company is contributing the most needed products to stabilize supply in
    developing economies and meeting ongoing needs in underserved communities.

  *$25 million from Baxter’s businesses and facilities to address critical
    local needs in more than 45 countries. For example, employees in Italy
    volunteered with and donated funds to ABIO Italy, a non-profit dedicated
    to the care of hospitalized children.
  *$3 million from The Baxter International Foundation, including grants to
    increase access to healthcare worldwide, prize programs that recognize
    excellence in community service and healthcare research, a scholarship
    program that contributes to the education of Baxter employees’ children,
    and support of employees' philanthropic efforts through the Foundation’s
    Dollars for Doers and Matching Gifts programs. A full listing of The
    Baxter International Foundation grants awarded in 2012 is available at
    www.baxter.com/grants.

Baxter Volunteers Globally Make a Meaningful Difference

In 2012, more than 6,500 Baxter employees volunteered in their communities,
helping to address local concerns such as healthcare, the environment and
education. Employee involvement takes many forms, including volunteering at a
local school or blood drive, serving at a hospital or food pantry,
participating in community park clean-up days, or joining a local non-profit
organization board or committee. Employees at each Baxter site select
volunteer activities and organizations to support, as they can best determine
the most relevant and highest impact projects.

For example, each year employees in the Asia Pacific region coordinate
volunteer efforts in October during its Making a Meaningful Difference Month.
Now in its fourth year, employees in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India,
Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan,
Thailand and Vietnam volunteered and raised funds for worthy causes, focusing
primarily on issues affecting children, the economically disadvantaged and the
disabled. In one initiative, employees in the Philippines collected children’s
books and funds for the Special Children’s Educational Institute. As a result
of employee efforts, Baxter Japan was recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan
Social Welfare Council for enhancing social welfare in the city, and Baxter
China won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project Award at the 2012
China Charity Festival for its culture of volunteerism.

Also, to commemorate Baxter Canada’s 75th anniversary in late 2012, employees
in the country participated in more than 20 team volunteer opportunities
during 75 Days of Caring. Events included environmental education, gardening
and horticulture, socializing with senior citizens, and packing physician kits
for overseas medical missions.

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 Responsibility magazine as one of the 100 Best
Corporate Citizens and Newsweek’s Green Rankings as the leading U.S.
healthcare company. 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.

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