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Sustainability Information

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, everything we do begins with our Mission - to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. To fulfill our Mission, we have a remarkable team of colleagues who bring unique perspectives and talents. Their dedication leads to innovative technologies that help our customers address some of society's most pressing challenges, including treatment of disease, access to clean water and ensuring the safety of our communities.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Certifications 

DEKRA Certification for sales, design, manufacture, installation support and service support of focused ion - and electron-beam microscopes for the Electronics, Research, Industry and Life sciences markets. 

ISO 9001 Certificate

ISO 14001 Certificate 


In efforts noted below, Thermo Fisher Scientific intends to continuously improve our environmental impact, we regularly review our operations and implement improvement projects to better care for the environment and ensure regulatory compliance. Our primary goals and metrics revolve around these primary areas:  

  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is the European Community  directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)  which, together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, became European Law  in February 2003. The WEEE Directive sets collection, recycling  and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods.
    • Thermo Fisher Scientific has established a process for recycling our products in countries where the WEEE Directive applies. Learn more
  • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive is a European Union market directive placing restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Thermo Fisher Scientific products, where applicable fulfill the requirements of the RoHS Directive.
  •  At Thermo Fisher Scientific, SF6 (Sulfur Hexaflouride) is used as an insulator gas to prevent arcing in high voltage circuits. We have set goals to reduce our atmospheric release of SF6 and to work to reduce releases from our tools at our customer sites. Processes are currently in place to allow many of our customers to capture used SF6 in a recyclable manner. 

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific works to control CO2 emissions from our manufacturing operations.  As part of this effort at our Hillsboro, OR facility, we completed the installation  of a solar panel array in 2016.  You can find more details on this project by clicking here .

Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

As a responsible corporate citizen, Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to protecting the environment, and health and safety of our employees, customers, and the communities where we operate. Towards this end our company will:

  • Comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws, regulations and other related standards we may adopt and endorse;
  • Implement sound environmental, health and safety management practices throughout our global organization, operations and activities;
  • Operate in a manner that ensures a safe work environment, prevents pollution, minimizes our environmental impact, and leads to improvements in the sustainability of our business enterprise;
  • Continuously improve and periodically evaluate our environmental, health and safety performance and take necessary preventative and corrective measures;
  • and Communicate environmental, health and safety policies and programs to employees and key stakeholders.

All employees are responsible for delivery on these commitments. Leaders of individual business groups, divisions, operating facilities and other functions retain ultimate responsibility for ensuring compliance and creating a culture of continuous improvement in our environmental, health and safety performance.

Thermo Fisher Scientific REACH Position

According to requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (Reach) Thermo Fisher Scientific currently does not have an obligation to submit registration of substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) because:

  • We don´t produce or import to EU substances in quantities of one tonne or more per year.
  • Conditions given by the Regulation for registration of substances in articles are not met.

To the best of our knowledge Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) are not intentionally added or used in the manufacture of our products in concentrations above 0,1% w/w.

We will continue to monitor internal processes and the REACH requirements to ensure compliance.

Quality and Regulatory Program

We fulfill our Mission to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer by continuously improving the quality of our products and services and by ensuring global regulatory compliance.

  • Quality for our customers means they can rely on our products and services to consistently meet their specifications and requirements.
  • Quality for our regulatory authorities means that we operate at the highest ethical standards and meet or exceed all applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Quality for our colleagues means we take personal ownership to ensure our work meets customer requirements and is error-free from design through use.
  • Quality for our company means we drive a continuous improvement culture through Practical Process Improvement and our Quality System. 

The controls we have in place help us comply with requirements that give you confidence in our ability to consistently meet your needs. Download our Quality and Regulatory Brochure to learn more about the ways in which we ensure our products and services fulfill your needs while also complying with applicable quality assurance requirements and international standards.

Download the Quality and Regulatory Brochure

Labor Practices / Social governance

Thermo Fisher Scientific Values state that "employees are our most important asset". We strive to create a work environment where employees can meet their potential. We do not knowingly use or employ child or forced labor directly and have processes in place to prevent such use. In addition, we do not knowingly do business with any supplier that utilizes child or forced labor.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct states:

Suppliers are expected to protect the human rights of their employees and to treat them with dignity and respect.

This includes the following:

  • Suppliers will provide their employees with a workplace free of harsh and inhumane treatment, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment or torture, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of employees, or the threat of any such treatment.
  • Working hours for suppliers' employees will not exceed the maximum set by the applicable local law. Compensation paid to employees will comply with applicable wage laws. Unless otherwise provided by applicable laws, deductions from basic wages as a disciplinary measure will not be permitted (this does not exclude the entitlement of damages on a contractual or legal basis). Suppliers' employees will be paid in a timely manner. It is recommended that suppliers offer their employees ample training and educational opportunities.

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure