Corporate Responsibility

Our commitment to people and planet

Our objective is to positively impact people and our planet through responsible, sustainable practices that create a better, healthier world.

Giving and volunteerism

Around the world

Partnerships, like the one we have with Operation Smile, allows us to advance healthcare through medical education initiatives as well as medical missions that directly serve those in need. With our partners we alleviate suffering, restore function and bring hope to some of the most under resourced people in the world.

Our partnership

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. As a partner since 1999, we have provided product donations and financial contributions because we share the belief that every child deserves access to safe, effective and timely surgical care and a future filled with hope. But the partnership goes well beyond donations.

Medical education

Our partnership has done incredible things to advance healthcare through medical education. The educational programming we support has directly influenced the development of compassionate, skilled plastic surgeons throughout the world through medical mission experience. Additionally, the surgeons training program is locally focused and provides comprehensive training of new plastic surgeons through one-on-one mentorship. This program will provide several hands-on training opportunities and, as a result, foster the creation of new cleft surgeons in resource-poor countries and increase the overall surgical capacities of countries around the world.


Additionally, we sponsor groups of employees as non-medical mission volunteers who provide day-to-day support for families during this critical time. For the most recent trip in January 2017, eight employees traveled to Panskura, India. In support of this mission, we conducted a fundraiser, through which the company matched employee donations dollar for dollar. The campaign raised funding for almost 300 surgeries.

Where we live

We focus on the advancement of healthcare and well-being, education and community vitality to strengthen the communities where we live and work.

Impact through volunteerism

Eleanor House
United States,
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Employees along with Chairman & CEO, Kevin Lobo landscaped and cleaned the interior of a local shelter. They also provided toys for the play area and new computers to replace the lone, ailing unit used for homework and job searches.

Red Cross
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In partnership with the Red Cross employees engaged local businesses to solicit donations.

Chen Su Lan Children’s Home

Employees came together to organize an ice skating event for special needs children. The children were able to enjoy 3 hours of ice skating coaching, games and lunch.

Regalo de Amor
Arroyo, Puerto Rico

Employees hosted 180 students and their teachers at the Arroyo Convention Center as part of Regalo de Amor. At the convention center, students and teachers were served snacks while enjoying musical and karaoke performances, and clown and magic shows.

Environmental practices

Environmental positioning statement

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner that will deliver lasting social, environmental and economic value across our operations, products and services.

Environment, Health and Safety is a shared responsibility, dedicated to identifying and eliminating hazards, managing risks, and improving the overall quality of life for our employees and community.  Our collective efforts will promote a feeling of safety and security among our employees and make significant contributions toward preserving and protecting our planet.


Diversity and inclusion

“At Stryker, we stand for a work environment that does not tolerate discrimination, injustice or acts of violence. We strive to foster a culture where all employees feel safe, included and engaged. Our mission and values unite employees around a diverse and inclusive culture that focuses on doing what’s right and making healthcare better.”

– Kevin Lobo   


Building a sustainable workforce

We encourage, value and leverage the differences in people and perspectives to make healthcare better. Employee engagement is extremely important to us. By listening to our employees through feedback given in annual workplace surveys we hear directly from them what they feel is important and continually improve our culture. In 2018, 97% of our employees shared their thoughts about our workplace culture. The near universal participation of our employees reflects our organization’s strong commitment to engagement. Additionally, we scored in the 89th percentile for the question, “At work, my opinions count,” which we identify as one of the key drivers of employee engagement. 

We also know that fostering best-practices in manager-team relationships builds employee trust. We offer a variety of tools and trainings to equip our managers to drive business outcomes and employee engagement. We host a series called the Engagement Learning Series designed to provide education on a variety of engagement-related topics and keep a focus on engagement throughout the year. Sessions cover the foundations for accelerating engagement, how to use action planning and tying engagement to business outcomes. The sessions are open to all employees, and we record and post them on our intranet community. More than 3,248 managers participated in 2018. 

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) act as strategic partners to the business by promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our ERGs include: Stryker Women’s Network (SWN), Stryker’s Allies for Equality (SAFE), Women in Stryker’s Engineering (WISE), Stryker’s African American Network (SAAN), Hispanic/Latino network (SOMOS), Stryker’s Emerging Professionals (SEP) and Stryker’s Veterans Association (SVA). 

At Stryker, Diversity and Inclusion is an imperative supported and driven by leadership. In 2019 our Chairman and CEO, Kevin Lobo, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion?, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Kevin is focused on driving diversity and creating an inclusive environment and this commitment is driven by the understanding that diversity and inclusion is a societal issue that CEOs must play a critical role in addressing. 

“I was inspired to sign the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge because diversity and inclusion are business imperatives that align with our mission and values,” said Kevin. “We must continue to create a workplace that encourages everyone to contribute to their full potential and mirrors the diversity of our customers and patients.” 

Supply chain transparency, standards & ethics

Stryker Corporation and its affiliated companies ("Stryker") support of responsible sourcing.

Stryker’s ongoing effort to eliminate the use of Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold (“3TG”) from sources that may finance armed conflict and promote human rights abuses in The Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries including: Angola; Burundi; Central African Republic; The Republic of the Congo; Rwanda; South Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; and Zambia (“Conflict Region”).

Stryker supports responsible sourcing from the Conflict Region and expects its suppliers to procure material containing 3TG from socially responsible sources. The goal is to eliminate funding to human rights abusers while continuing to support socially responsible commerce in the Conflict Region.

In support of this Policy, Stryker will among other things:

  • Conduct reasonable country of origin inquiries and exercise ongoing due diligence of its suppliers consistent with the OECD
    Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas to determine whether 3TG from the Conflict Region exist in Stryker’s raw materials, components and/or finished devices, and if so, whether the 3TG was responsibly sourced;
  • Require suppliers to conduct due diligence and to provide appropriate information to support the determination of the origin
    of the 3TG used in the products that they supply to Stryker;
  • Engage and collaborate with suppliers to work towards sustainably responsible 3TG sourcing; and 
  • File an annual Form SD and Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and post these on its website.

Questions or comments about this procedure should be directed to: 

2014 Conflict Minerals SEC Form SD Filing
2015 Conflict Minerals SEC Form SD Filing
2016 Conflict Minerals SEC Form SD Filing
2016 Conflict Minerals SEC Form SD Amended Filing

Supplier diversity

We believe that we have a responsibility to engage with businesses that reflect both the diversity of our employees and that of the communities in which we live and work.