PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), a world leader in radiotherapy and X-ray imaging technology, is announcing the publication of its annual corporate social responsibility report, detailing the company's policies and achievements in extending access to cancer care, protecting resources, and helping to save lives. The Varian 2014 Sustainability Report has been produced as part of a wider company effort to continually improve sustainability performance and transparency.
"Companies such as ours have a responsibility to achieve our business goals in a socially and environmentally responsible manner," said Dow Wilson, chief executive officer of Varian Medical Systems. "This is a company that utilizes its resources and talent to help people everywhere in the world. Sustainability for us is extending access to quality healthcare, delivering safe and effective products, and having a beneficial impact on the communities where we operate."
In 2010, Varian commenced a company-wide undertaking to examine sustainability performance and identify challenges and opportunities to be addressed over time. "We have made a commitment to produce annual updates so we could measure our achievements against defined sustainability goals," adds Wilson. "This effort involves the close participation of senior leaders from all divisions, key geographies, and core functions."
The achievements highlighted in the Varian Sustainability Report 2014 include programs that extend advanced care and enhance clinical training in developing countries. The report also spotlights ongoing reductions in electricity and natural gas consumption, along with progress towards greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
The report outlines the governance structure that determines Varian's sustainability activities and measures performance against goals stated in its inaugural report. It is divided into four key areas: environmental, health access and outcomes, safety and responsibility, and colleagues and communities. Based on internationally-recognized GRI (global reporting initiative) parameters, this year's report has received an application level 'B' rating from the GRI.
Varian's 2014 Sustainability Report is available to download at: http://www.varian.com/us/corporate/corporate_citizenship/corporate_social_responsibility.html
Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes and digital detectors, for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,700 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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