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VWR recognizes that building sustainable business practices to enhance the value of the company is in the best interest of our company, our associates, our suppliers, our customers and our community. We also understand that our customers have sustainability initiatives and VWR is committed to helping them achieve their sustainability goals.

At VWR, we are approaching sustainability to meet the three primary goals as defined by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development:

  • Social Impact (People)
  • Environmental Protection (Planet)
  • Economic Growth (Performance)

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Learn more about VWR's initiatives in our Sustainability Reports:

2017 Sustainability Report

2016 Sustainability Report

2015 Sustainability Report

2014 Sustainability Report

2013 Sustainability Report

2012 Sustainability Report


2015 Sustainability Goals

 Goal  By 2015 VWR Will...


  • Provide access to at least 2 wellness programs to 100% of VWR's associates.
  • Increase the percentage of eligible associates participating in VWR on the Move, a team based step, exercise and weight loss program, by 40% over 2011 participation.
  • Achieve and maintain injury rates that are less than 50% of the industry average.
Associate Development
  • 100% of associates participate in Sustainability training.
  • Increase participation in the Associate Engagement Survey by 5% over 2012 participation.
Community Engagement
  • Implement a global tracking system for volunteerism.
  • Engage 15% of associates in VWR-sponsored community events.
  • Increase dollars donated by VWR for charitable giving by 10% over 2010.


Energy & Emissions

Reduce energy use by 5% per associate over 2010 use.

Waste & Recycling
Divert 100% of packaging waste from landfill in Europe.


Sustainable Products
  • Improve and increase sustainable product offerings and innovation.
Continual Improvement
  • Expand ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certification programs.