Policies, Certifications and Awards

Boston Scientific Operations Wins Two
Costa Rica National Safety Awards

In 2014, Boston Scientific Costa Rica Operations, including our Coyol and Heredia plants, received two prestigious Preventico Awards from the Costa Rica government. This is the highest level of safety recognition an industry can achieve in Costa Rica, and is the third consecutive time the sites have earned the biennial award. 

The two 2014 awards were for the sites’ safety improvement programs, and the sites’ leadership in advancing health and safety programs with other companies. These awards reflect the sites’ evolving safety culture, including safety in all their activities and planning, and their leading programs in areas such as ergonomics, chemical management and employee health. 

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Earns USEPA’s Energy Star Certification

The Quincy Customer Fulfillment Center has earned the USEPA’s Energy Star Certification.  The first USEPA award Boston Scientific has received, this achievement demonstrates the site’s dedication to energy efficiency and sustainability.

The certification signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the US EPA.  On average, Energy Star Certified Facilities consume 35 percent less energy and contribute 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.

This is another sustainability triple win, for the environment, the Quincy site, and Boston Scientific as a whole.

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Kerkrade Netherlands Facility Earns Dutch Connekt Award

The Kerkrade, Netherlands European Distribution Center (EDC) was recently recognized with a Lean and Green Award, issued by the Dutch Connekt Program, for progress in reducing environmental impacts by improving the site’s energy efficiency. Major aspects of the improvements include the installation of highly efficient LED lighting over much of the site, and motion sensors to provide lighting in active areas while automatically turning lighting off when areas are vacant. In addition, the site has committed to including sustainability considerations in the design of an ongoing expansion to the current building to further improve overall site efficiency.

As noted by site Vice President, Supply Chain, Hans Willems, “We see this work as part of our longstanding ambition to make a positive contribution to the environment” and sees this award aligned with the site’s ISO 14001 environmental program. As a subsequent step in the Lean and Green Program, the EDC is also planning to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2018.

New Shanghai HQ LEED Green Building Certified

Our new Shanghai, China Headquarters and Institute of Advancing Science and Innovation Center opened in September 2013, with a LEED Silver Certification, and environmental practices built into its operations.

Boston Scientific has embraced LEED as a smart approach to minimizing facility operating costs while benefiting the environment and improving workplace quality, and routinely uses LEED concepts and practices in new building construction and major renovation projects.

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ISO14001:2004 Certification in All 14 Major Operations Sites Worldwide

Boston Scientific has achieved ISO14001:2004 certification at all 14 of its major manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide. This was a significant achievement in support of our global sustainability program.

ISO14001:2004 is a globally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems, established by the International Standards Organization. The ISO14000:2004 standards exist to help organizations identify their most significant environmental aspects and then minimize how their operations negatively affect the environment.

The system includes elements of setting specific environmental improvement targets, continuous improvement, regulatory compliance, planning, auditing, and corrective action.

Boston Scientific ISO14001:2004 Certified Facilities

Clonmel, Ireland
Cork, Ireland
Coventry, Rhode Island
Coyol, Costa Rica
Dorado, Puerto Rico
Fremont/San Jose, California
Galway, Ireland
Heredia, Costa Rica
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Quincy, Massachusetts
St. Paul, Minnesota
Spencer, Indiana
Valencia, California 

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Galway Site Wins National Safety Award

The Galway, Ireland site recently won the prestigious National Institute of Safety Organization (NISO) award for their safety program and associated safety results.

In making the submission, the site needed to provide information regarding their safety performance and the underlying program elements that supported their results. In evaluating the application, NISO gave particular attention to the pro-active and leading aspects of Galway's Health & Safety Program, recognizing the importance of prevention in delivering superior safety results.

The NISO competition attracts submissions from all the major multinational organizations based in Ireland and is recognized as the leading safety award in the country.

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