Corporate responsibility

Pursuing our Purpose for long-term value creation and positive impact on a global scale.

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Our Purpose

Everything we do is guided by our commitment to enhance the health
and well-being of pets, people, and livestock.

We recognize the importance of environmental sustainability and how a healthy planet is essential for animals and people to thrive. Our innovations deliver insights and solutions that support longer, fuller lives for pets, always with an eye on improving efficiency for our customers. We make access to clean water a reality for millions of people globally, and our livestock diagnostics help to monitor the health of herd and flock animals. We are dedicated to building and sustaining a collaborative, ethical culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion—respecting people and the communities where we live and work.

We seek to lead responsibly, sustainably, and ethically to create long-term value and a lasting, positive impact on a global scale, and build a healthier future for all.

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Our approach to corporate responsibility

Our efforts are focused on the following areas where we
believe we can create positive impact:

Environmental sustainability

Driven by science, we are accelerating our approach to environmental sustainability through innovation and continuous improvement to take climate action and reduce our impact.

People

By cultivating a collaborative workplace that promotes greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and well-being, and by respecting people and communities across our value chain, we are building a culture that brings out the best in our people, supports an agile, engaged, future-ready workforce, and amplifies our impact across the globe.

Community

We are committed to creating a positive and lasting impact around the globe through our solutions-oriented social initiatives and community engagement.

Governance and ESG reporting

Read our 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies, commitments, and disclosures, and download past reports.


Environmental sustainability

We recognize that addressing climate change is vital to achieving a healthy, sustainable future for all. By driving innovation, taking climate action, and reducing our impact, we are demonstrating our commitment to environmental sustainability to:

  • Reduce our operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1 and 2).
  • Advance our understanding of Scope 3 GHG emissions.
  • Implement energy efficiency improvements and increase our use of renewable energy.
  • Increase sustainable waste disposal and reduce our water footprint.
  • Advance sustainable building designs and create healthy workplaces for our employees.
  • Integrate principles of circular economy into product design and stewardship.
  • Innovate sustainable solutions for packaging.

Environmental sustainability

Goals and commitments

Reduce our operational GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 37.8% by 20301

Source 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Advance understanding of our Scope 3 GHG emissions2

Integrate sustainability considerations as required criteria for new product development and design

Reduce amount of plastic and other material waste from current products and packaging

People

We are focused on creating a collaborative workplace where employees feel engaged, supported in their development, and comfortable to be their authentic selves—provided with deeper meaning and fulfillment in their work. We are committed to working with like-minded suppliers that share our vision for a better world. We strive to:

  • Foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
  • Offer meaningful benefits, a shared Purpose, and compelling wellness programs to help our global employees thrive.
  • Support an environment where our employees can learn, grow, and advance in their career paths.
  • Ensure IDEXX is a great place to work in order to recruit, retain, and support passionate innovators making meaningful impact on the health and well-being of pets and people.
  • Advance responsible and sustainable sourcing across our supply chain and ensure our suppliers operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner in compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct.

People

Goals and commitments

Maintain gender balance3 in global management4 and ensure programs are in place to support career advancement opportunities for women across the enterprise

Increase representation of underrepresented groups5 in U.S. management4 to 33% by 2030

Continue to provide career opportunities for women in STEM roles6 globally

Conduct human rights risk assessment of our supply chain in 2023

Community

Through our global solutions-oriented approach to social initiatives and community engagement, we are committed to creating a positive and lasting impact for people, animals, and the environment. Our areas of focus include:

  • Create opportunities for the diverse leaders of tomorrow, including advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary medicine and STEM education and expanding access to mental health and well-being support.
  • Expand care for our companions, including veterinary care for underserved communities, and support at-risk animals and animal assisted therapy.
  • Foster access to clean water, climate adaptation, and food sustainability solutions.
  • Provide disaster and emergency response, including support for animals and people impacted by extreme climate events.
  • Support employee volunteering and local community involvement efforts.

Community

Goals and commitments

Increase annual global employee volunteering to 15,000 hours by 2025

Expand access to care for more than 500,000 animals in underserved communities by 2025 though our global social initiatives7

Expand access to mental health and well-being support for veterinary students and veterinary professionals around the world though our global social initiatives7


Notes
  1. Emissions target is based on 2021 data as baseline. Target aligned with the United Nations Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  2. Completed an initial Scope 3 screening and plan to work with suppliers and logistics partners to gather a more complete picture of value chain emissions and opportunities to reduce our impact.
  3. Gender balance refers to the equitable representation of women and men between the range of 45% and 55%.
  4. Employees in people leadership roles (all levels).
  5. Based on self-identification by our U.S. employees. The term "underrepresented groups" is defined as Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and two or more races, as well as other underrepresented and/or vulnerable groups.
  6. Includes STEM professional and technical support roles in computer and math (e.g., software developers), engineering (e.g., process engineers), physical and life sciences (e.g., senior scientists), veterinary professionals (e.g., clinical pathologists, professional services veterinarians, or medical laboratory technicians), and STEM managerial (e.g., laboratory managers).
  7. Global social initiatives include grants from the IDEXX Foundation and contributions from corporate lines of business.