DENVER, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today announced that the company has been recognized, for the first time, by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as one of only six companies in the Health Care Providers and Services Industry on the DJSI World Index.
"We are honored to be recognized for our responsible social and economic practices on this prestigious list," said DaVita Chairman and CEO Kent Thiry. "We appreciate the recognition of operating our enterprise ethically and sustainably."
The DJSI World Index is the gold standard for corporate sustainability and the first global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies based on an analysis of financially relevant Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.
DaVita strives to be an environmental leader in the health care industry by innovating conservation, stewardship and sustainability solutions that reduce their environmental footprint while providing safe, effective care to patients.
In March of 2016, DaVita Kidney Care set new five-year environmental commitment goals. The plan focuses on opportunities to continue reducing its environmental impact on energy and water use, waste production and building and supply chain management. From 2012-2015, the company saved over 350 million gallons of water, and its newest clinic design is 18 percent more efficient that the previous design, featuring LED lighting and energy- and water-efficient equipment.
DaVita University, a continuing education and leadership program, offers a variety of classes related to team building, clinical training, management and leadership. DaVita Academy is a DaVita University flagship program. The foundational content provides teammates an opportunity to immerse themselves in DaVita's distinctive culture during a two-day off-site meeting. It is an invitation for teammates to develop themselves in a fun and engaging atmosphere that is simultaneously highly informative. More than 8,000 teammates attend Academy each year. Since 2011, more than 44,000 teammates have attended Academy.
DaVita believes in driving a transparent culture of inclusion and aim to have people from a diverse background in leadership positions. DaVita expanded the gender and racial diversity of its board in 2016 to 45 percent, or five out of 11 members.
In addition to these highlights, DaVita is a pioneer in the area of corporate social responsibility. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world and supporting the company's "Trilogy of Care" - caring for our patients, caring for our teammates and caring for the world. To learn more about DaVita's approach to corporate social responsibility, please visit DaVita.com/CommunityCare.
About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of June 30, 2016, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,293 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 185,000 patients. The company also operated 127 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. HealthCare Partners, a DaVita Medical Group, manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Colorado and Washington in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of June 30, 2016 HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management for approximately 760,000 patients. For more information, please visit DaVita.com/About.