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Planet – Environmental Stewardship

Perrigo recognizes that we impact the environment in a variety of ways, and is committed to promoting environmental stewardship by calculating and reducing our global footprint on energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, waste and recycling.

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Greenhouse Gases, Water and Waste Summary

Total GHG emissions have decreased by 3.73% or 9,017 MTCO2-e in calendar year 2016, due to new improvement projects, divestments and facility consolidations that occurred since the previous reporting year.

In terms of performance, water use trended positively for Perrigo, both for total water withdrawn as well as intensity by sales. Total water withdrawn decreased by 18.2 million gallons, or 4.1%, from 2015. Additionally, we saw a 0.77% decrease in intensity, which is water used per sales dollar. Numerous water conservation measures were initiated during calendar year 2016 to support these reductions.

Like GHG, energy and water, a 15% reduction goal in total waste by 2020 was set corporately, as compared to a 2015 baseline. 2016 saw a 3.6% decrease in total waste generated, making notable progress towards this goal after the first year. While not significant, when viewed by intensity, or total waste per sales dollar, we still achieved a .1% reduction in total waste per dollar in sales. Key highlights include Perrigo Minnesota, which achieved a 30% reduction in total waste since 2015; and Perrigo Michigan, which reduced total waste by 16%.

Continuously improving packaging sustainability

The core of Perrigo's Consumer Healthcare business model is to invite comparison of equivalent national brands, through National Brand Equivalent (NBE) packaging. In other words, Perrigo's consumers and retail partners often request, if not require, packaging to be as similar to the national brand as possible. This often puts our product packaging at the mercy of the brands and thus adds several unique challenges to our packaging sustainability efforts.

With that said, our packaging engineers are often looking for opportunities to reduce materials, improve efficiency, use recycled content or keep sustainability in mind when designing new packaging. For example, the thermoforms or trays used in OTC products in the U.S. are comprised of 35-60% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. Additionally, neck caddies or carriers are 96-99% PCR, while our shippers and corrugated are 50% to 100% PCR. In 2016, a packaging sustainability steering team was established to formally identify opportunities like these, set goals, and make our packaging more sustainable while adhering to our successful NBE business model. First-year updates will be highlighted in next year's report.

Advocacy through Action

Perrigo annually celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with activities or fun competitions that promote education and awareness around environmental topics. Employees also have participated in a variety of land and waterfront clean-up efforts.

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