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PPD Environmental Stewardship

Creating a healthy planet to support healthy patients

As part of our continued commitment to the environment, and through our partnership with One Tree Planted, the PPD™ clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific will plant a tree for every patient enrolled at one of our sites. As a leading provider of clinical research organization solutions, committed to environmental sustainability, we believe that planting the seeds of change now will benefit future generations. These initiatives engage patients, sites and sponsors while, helping to sequester carbon and provide clean air and water around the planet — making the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organization focused on global reforestation. Since 2014, they have planted more than 100 million trees in over 80 countries around the world. By partnering with One Tree Planted, we are raising awareness for the importance of green clinical trials.

We are dedicated to making clinical trials more environmentally sustainable through:

  • Investing in our Decentralized Clinical Trial Ecosystem, which includes capabilities such as near-patient solutions and community health care, to reduce dependency on transportation and support access to clinical trials for all.
  • Engaging with the Pistoia Alliance in a cross-industry partnership to understand activity-based models to reduce carbon footprint.
  • Accelerating the transition of all United States locations to be powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2026 and supporting the use of aviation biofuel through United Airlines Eco-Skies Alliance™.
  • Expanding our greener product alternatives and Energy Star-certified products to enable scientists to advance sustainability in the lab.
  • Committing to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
Learn how embracing decentralized trial models and innovative approaches cultivates opportunities for a sustainable future in clinical trials.

Breathe easier

Through the process of photosynthesis, trees release oxygen and absorb an estimated 22 pounds of carbon each year.  By capturing carbon dioxide, trees help mitigate the effects of global warming. Additionally, trees improve air quality by filtering pollutants, helping patients with asthmatic symptoms breathe easier.

The presence of trees in urban areas has been linked to enhanced mental well-being, as they provide a sense of tranquility and connection to nature. Trees also reduce the heat island effect specifically in low-income, population-dense urban areas.


Global recycling and reducing

Our offices around the world have ongoing activities to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have installed automated timers for lighting and some water-saving systems, use recycled sharps containers, and have secure-print and automatic double-sided printing. These programs have a wide-ranging positive environmental impact on natural resources, reduce pollution, decrease landfill use, and save trees, electricity and water.

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