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Sustainability & Environmental Practices


What we do and why we do it

We’ve done a lot to reduce our footprint on the environment, and we’d like to do more. We’re seeking ways to prevent pollution, to reduce waste, and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. And we’re looking at it from a variety of angles — from the efficiency of our facilities to the design of our packaging and the distribution channels we use to get our products to a patient’s bedside.

Our facilities

Recycling and reuse

If something has a value, it should be used. When it can’t be reused, we look for ways to recycle.

Waste, energy, and water

Consumption and waste aren’t going away, but we always consider new options for reducing emissions, pollution, waste, and use of natural resources.

Architecture and construction

At the beginning of all construction projects, we consider new green building technologies, plan for reuse of materials, and build to maximize efficiency of natural resources.

Our customers, employees, and communities

Ordering and shipping

We seek the most efficient balance of technology, time, and transportation to get products to patients in a way that minimizes any negative impact on the environment.

Suppliers and distributors

Partnerships are a reflection of our own values, so we ask our business partners to follow the same standards we follow.

Restoration

Communities are the foundation of our business. We’re always looking to create positive, lasting impacts on job creation and the spirit of our communities by putting old buildings back to use.

Our products, packaging, and operations

Products and packaging

When it comes to our products and packaging, we keep it simple and smart. We don’t use hazardous materials, and we are always looking for ways to remove nonessential features that generate excess waste.

Compliance

Compliance to all applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations is a baseline. When it is possible to do more, we do.

Prevention

Regarding environmental health and safety, it’s better to spend more time in the beginning making things right than to act retroactively. We are always working to prevent accidents that could endanger our employees and communities.

Recognized for environmental sustainability

Cook Medical Ireland
Cook Ireland has gone the extra mile to meet international standards for environmental practices. In the last quarter of 2019, their dedication to environmental sustainability at work helped them earn ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certifications for these standards:

  • ISO 14001—For meeting all requirements to minimize their operation’s negative environmental effects
  • ISO 50001—For meeting all requirements for energy efficiency

Cook Medical Denmark
Cook Denmark is continuously working to improve the environment as well. They are determined to make sustainable business choices and reduce their environmental impact as a viable reflection of the promise Cook gives to patients, customers, employees, and communities every day. In March 2020, that determination was rewarded with the ISO certification that encompasses all their business activities in Denmark:

  • ISO 14001—For meeting all requirements to minimize their operation’s negative environmental effects

DNV-GL ISO 14001