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Diversity and sustainability

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Respect for people and the planet is a natural outgrowth of Gore’s legacy of responsible innovation. Throughout our history, we have applied the principles of sound science to create products that improve the quality of life, including products that help solve difficult environmental challenges. 

Doing what is right for people

Creating an inclusive environment

Diversifying our supply base. Partnering with small suppliers.The success of our enterprise is built on inclusiveness and striving to be fair with each other and everyone with whom we do business. We believe that this inclusiveness should be reflected in our Associates, our strategic partners and our supply base. We are committed to diversifying our supply base and partnering with small and diverse suppliers who not only help us better meet customers' expectations but also contribute to the economic development of the communities where we live and work.

At Gore, every individual matters. We want each Associate to experience the inclusion promised in our fundamental beliefs and guiding principles regardless of their race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, background, political beliefs or other personal identifier. We seek to reflect the diverse communities we serve.

Diversity and inclusion are critical ingredients for sustaining an engaging working environment. Our enterprise is stronger when we include diverse backgrounds, talents and viewpoints, recognize each other’s unique contributions and bring our knowledge together across the enterprise to make smart business decisions that help our customers and their patients — truly making our whole more than the sum of our parts. 

We provide opportunities for connections and personal growth through self-organized Associate networks that drive development, education and outreach initiatives.

Guidelines on social responsibility

Integrity, Legally and ethically We are committed to conducting our business with integrity, both legally and ethically. Our guidelines on social responsibility (“Guidelines”) are consistent with industry-specific requirements and practices, such as the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct, and based on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards, the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on Children’s Rights, the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the UN Global Compact and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

We fully support efforts to eliminate forced labor and human trafficking. Everyone in our enterprise is expected to demonstrate integrity in all relationships when dealing with suppliers, customers and stakeholders, as well as with other Gore Associates. Everyone within our organization is collectively committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment where diverse teams of Associates collaborate to drive innovation, high performance and responsibly direct their activities to achieve exceptional business results.

Contributing to our communities

Our Associates support many social projects around the world. Most of these projects start by an Associate initiative and are in line with our culture and are supported by Gore.

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We strive to be good stewards of air, water and energy resources and in our management of waste. It is our responsibility as a company and as individuals. In all of our efforts, we will take a holistic approach that considers both the short- and long-term implications of our decisions and the prosperity of future generations.

In October 2019, we became a member of the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) — a group dedicated to inspiring and enabling plastic recycling solutions in healthcare. The council’s mission is to collaborate across the value chain of the healthcare system — from the manufacture of medical devices to the recycling process of hospital waste — to enable the implementation of viable, safe and cost-effective recycling solutions for plastics products and packaging.

Visit HPRC.org to learn more about the council's initiatives and research on recycling in healthcare. 

We proudly share the efforts we are making towards sustainability – and we are optimistic about all the work that lies ahead.

Doing what is right for the planet

Environmental responsibility

icon of hand holding plantAs a company and as individuals, we are committed to achieving a positive economic impact while being environmentally responsible. We search for scientific-based solutions that guide our actions.

The company’s expectation is that the value of its innovations is greater than the environmental and social impact of its products and operations. Toward that end, Gore is setting its first carbon reduction goal, reducing facility-related carbon emissions by 60 percent no later than 2030, and working toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

60% reduction of facility-related carbon emissions 2030, 100% total carbon neutrality 2050

At Gore, we have an ongoing commitment to meet all applicable health, safety and environmental regulations and standards. We carefully consider the effects of our products and operations on the environment, as well as on the health and well-being of people. 

Electronic Instructions for Use

Consult Instructions for Use eifu.goremedical.com

Our commitment to sustainability leads us to seek every opportunity to reduce waste. As printed Instructions for Use (IFU) result in use of large volumes of paper, we are in the process of becoming completely "paperless" with conversion to eIFUs in the near future.

Electronic Instructions for Use

 

Demonstrated impact

Amount of paper eliminated through our electronics IFU program: ~70,000 kg