The private sector can play a major role in achieving the sustainability goals. If companies channel their expertise and resources into partnerships with academic, civilian and political stakeholders, we will be able to implement measures to improve sustainability in a more targeted, efficient manner. One area that is particularly relevant for the field of orthopaedic technology and Ottobock is ensuring that people worldwide have access to high-quality, affordable health care and medical devices.
As a globally active company, partnerships have always been key in helping Ottobock live up to its responsibility on an international level. We work hand in hand with international and national multi-sectoral partners to highlight the social, economic and health benefits of good medical devices and help people around the world access them more easily. We have joined forces with various companies, scientific institutes and ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics) with the aim of improving data records and defining standards that can apply internationally. The goal is to make it easier for countries to develop national strategies for distributing and funding medical devices. Collaborating closely with international development partners, we implement projects to boost treatment with devices in developing and emerging countries. For example, we’ve teamed up with the GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) to qualify professionals and improve training and treatment structures in Latin America and Cuba. This forms part of the develoPPP.de programme developed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). For more than three decades, we’ve supported disability sports as a partner of the Paralympic Games. We offer athletes technical support and raise public awareness for their achievements.