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Timothy M. Ring Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

We support the education, health care, social welfare, arts and culture initiatives that our employees care most about in the communities in which they live and work. We cultivate and value an inclusive workforce that spans a variety of cultures around the globe, employing talented individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Sustainability is closely aligned with Bard’s Core Values of Quality, Integrity, Service and Innovation and is a key component of our strategic objective to position the company to deliver above-market revenue growth for years to come.

We often highlight the diversity of our product portfolio when we talk to our stakeholders because it is among the things that set us apart. The products in each category are designed to enhance the lives of patients while lowering health care costs across the continuum of care. We are typically able to balance economic headwinds in one part of the business with strong, consistent performance in other categories with the goal of sustaining long-term growth.

Manufacturing advanced medical technologies that are safe and effective for patients requires natural resources, so we endeavor to manage these in efficient and sustainable ways, helping to preserve them for future generations.

Our mission of Advancing Lives extends beyond the patients and customers who use our products. At Bard, we take very seriously our responsibility to our employees and the community. In conjunction with the C. R. Bard Foundation and through employee volunteerism and donations of time, money and products, we support the education, health care, social welfare, arts and culture initiatives that our employees care most about in the communities in which they live and work. In addition, we cultivate and value an inclusive workforce that spans a variety of cultures around the globe, employing talented individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We provide our employees with a safe working environment, competitive compensation and opportunities to develop their careers beyond their initial set of responsibilities.

Our commitment extends to protecting people and the environment by meeting all applicable local, state and federal regulations, as well as a strict code of internal standards. Ethical, responsible corporate citizenship is embedded in our culture and is integral to our interactions with customers, suppliers, governments and colleagues.

In short, when we talk about our goals and strategic priorities, sustainability is an inherent part of the equation, even when we don’t address it explicitly. In our annual Sustainability Report, we aim to provide detail and context around our current performance and efforts related to sustainability, including the ways it relates to the design and manufacture of our products and the way we treat our colleagues, our community and our environment.