Abbott was named an Industry Group Leader in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Abbott was selected as the leader in Health Care Equipment & Services industry group. Abbott was one of only 24 companies selected for leading their respective industries. The DJSI leaders are chosen from among the 3,000 largest companies worldwide, including 800 companies in emerging markets. This was the ninth consecutive year that Abbott was included on both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and North America Index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices, tracking the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental, and social criteria.

"Abbott's sustainability strategy is aligned according to four priorities that the company has defined with reference to its business model: pursuing innovation towards healthcare challenges, expanding access to patient healthcare, supporting patients and consumers through engagement and education, and minimizing environmental impact," according to the DJSI's report on Abbott. "Abbott's sustainability strategy is aligned according to four priorities that the company has defined with reference to its business model: pursuing innovation towards healthcare challenges, expanding access to patient healthcare, supporting patients and consumers through engagement and education, and minimizing environmental impact. Abbott's commitment to R&D is demonstrated through frequent collaborations with universities and business partners to develop technologies and medical solutions … It also leverages its activities in nutrition innovation to launch products and formulations targeting consumers with specific dietary needs. Additionally, Abbott incorporates environmental sustainability across its production value chain to ensure the efficient use of materials in developing its products."

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