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Abbott Again Recognized for Environmental Initiatives in Illinois
Date:10/28/2010

1.34 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

The Continuous Improvement Awards are part of the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards program.  The awards recognize businesses and organizations in the State of Illinois for significant achievements in protecting the environment through sustainable business practices.  The award is administered by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois.

Safeguarding the environment is an important part of Abbott's mission to improve people's health, and the company's efforts to be a leader in global citizenship.  Abbott has identified climate change, water usage and product stewardship as its key environmental priorities, and is taking innovative approaches across the company to reduce its environmental impact.  This includes reducing Abbott's use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, and increasing its use of cleaner and renewable energy.  The company is taking a comprehensive approach to water conservation throughout its operations, resulting in an annual savings of 1 billion gallons of water.  Abbott also is implementing more than 40 sustainable packaging initiatives across the company, looking at ways to use lighter, more sustainable materials in package design.

About AbbottAbbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics.  The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott information is available on the company's Web site at www.abbott.com.


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