Biodiversity and Land Use
We have met our Sustainability 2010 Goal of adopting endangered species in the countries and U.S. states where we operate. Below is a list of facilities and the animal or plant species they are helping to protect.
||European Pond Turtle
||Marsh Fritillary Butterfly
|Hopewell, New Jersey
||Marsh Hawk (Northern Harrier / Circus cyaneus)
|Humacao, Puerto Rico
||Humacao Wildlife Reserve (various)
|Princeton, New Jersey
||Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
|New Brunswick, New Jersey
||Yellow Giant Hyssop (Agastache eptoides)
|New York City, New York
|Plainsboro, New Jersey
||Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
|Syracuse, New York
||Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail
||Stiff or Prairie Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)
Exotic and common plants form the building blocks of many important medicinal drugs, making biodiversity and eco-system preservation important priorities for Bristol-Myers Squibb. It is for this reason that we have developed Sustainability 2010 Goals to reflect our commitment to biodiversity preservation.
Bristol-Myers Squibb facilities select an endangered or threatened species that is locally significant. We then partner with government and private organizations to protect the species and their habitats in the countries and U.S. states where we operate.
For example, our new facility in Devens, Massachusetts, partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game to develop a program to engage employees and their families in the protection of the Blanding Turtle, listed as a threatened species by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Through Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, the program provides educational information on the Blanding Turtle and the importance of its eco-systems. Employees help maintain nesting habitat for the turtle by participating in weeding activities at the National Wildlife Refuge.
The Sustainability 2010 Goals directly addressed land preservation and called for conserving ecologically significant areas equal in size to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s total global property footprint. We supported preservation of biologically significant areas across the globe where our company operates, representing a broad range of eco-systems, from rain forests to coral reefs and wetlands. We partnered with government agencies and professional organizations that work with existing preserves and local programs. Through such initiatives, the company has supported conservation of 1,616 hectares of biologically diverse habitat in Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, China, Canada and the United States, exceeding our 2010 Goal.
Bristol-Myers Squibb provides financial assistance as well as employee volunteers to help in conservation efforts. We joined forces with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), a nonprofit group of corporations, conservation organizations and individuals that protect and enhance wildlife habitat. Our facilities in Hopewell, Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, New Jersey; and Wallingford, Connecticut have earned WHC certification for wildlife habitat projects. Previously mowed lawns have been restored to natural habitats in Plainsboro, Lawrenceville and Hopewell, NJ.