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Össur’s largest impact on society is through the Company’s innovative products, research activities and expertise in the field of prosthetics and bracing and supports. Össur works with individuals, clinicians, and diverse communities around the world to support a better quality of life and increase the mobility of millions of people.

Össur believes it has a great responsibility towards people with impaired mobility, not only to design products that improve mobility, but equally to support third party initiatives to improve patient care and support. Proper prosthetic solutions allow amputees to become mobile again and live a life without limitations. Likewise, bracing and supports products provide hospitals and healthcare systems with alternative treatments which can postpone surgeries and improve mobility.

Improve access to healthcare for amputees

Globally, only 30-40% of new lower limb amputees are fitted with a prosthetic solution. The average age is between 65-70 years and vascular related amputations are above 70%. Statistics demonstrate that if amputees in this age group do not become mobile, life-expectancy is materially reduced. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits and more importantly, regular activity can improve quality of life. Össur is adding special focus on designing products that support the needs of this age group.

Goal 3 - Good Health and Well Being

Össur’s main initiative supporting Goal 3 on Good Health and Well Being is to design products that offer additional benefits for the elderly, increasing their independency and quality of life. At the end of 2020, Össur had already launched three products that are specially designed for this user group, and 30% of ongoing clinical investigations were related to this subject which will deliver valuable information and insights to further understand the need and potential benefits.

Action & Progress
Target
2021
2020

New products specially designed for elderly users*

4 new products by 2024

3

3

Ongoing prosthetic studies which will inform developers about the elderly customer group

Ongoing

21%

30%

Availability of Products**

YoY increase

44%

44%

Availability of Products and services***

YoY increase

27%

25%

Action & Progress

New products specially designed for elderly users*

Ongoing prosthetic studies which will inform developers about the elderly customer group

Availability of Products**

Availability of Products and services***

* 2 of 3 products already approved by reimbursement authorities

** Percentage of countries where Össur products are available

*** Percentage of countries where Össur provides both products and services (direct sales)

Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Össur believes in diversity in its broadest sense and the importance of gender equality and women’s positive contribution to the workplace and the society. Main targets supporting this goal is to maintain an even gender split amongst employees (+/-10%), Increase management positions held by women, and continue to encourage greater diversity and inclusiveness in the industry.

Action & Progress
Target
2021
2020

Gender split among employees

50%

(+/- 10%)

47% Female

53% Male

46% Female

54% Male

Female Managers (% of total number of managers)

YoY increase

38%

36%

Össur’s Women’s Leadership initiative (ÖWLI)

Encourage greater diversity and inclusiveness in the industry

Annual conferences and webinars

3 webinars

6 webinars

Action & Progress

Gender split among employees

Female Managers (% of total number of managers)

Össur’s Women’s Leadership initiative (ÖWLI)

Encourage greater diversity and inclusiveness in the industry

Össur‘s Women’s Leadership Initiative

Since 2014, Össur has been committed to its Women’s Leadership Initiative (ÖWLI). The aim of the initiative is to encourage greater diversity and inclusiveness in the Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) industry. The program is intended to support O&P practitioners by providing a forum that encourages interaction, community building and educational opportunities that serve the needs of the growing number of women in the field. The initiative is primarily focused on the US market but global interest and awareness in the program is growing.

Goals:

  • Engage inclusively with both men and women to provide development support to female practitioners
  • Bring awareness to gender biases in the workplace and practices that promote diversity
  • Create a forum for female practitioners to network and provide support to one another
  • Establish a greater number of female role models for future practitioners
  • Create a positive and balanced perception of both male and female industry leaders

Össur hosts annual conferences supporting this initiative and since inception, the conferences and events have been very well received. In 2021, ÖWLI hosted virtual networking events and informative webinars. ÖWLI also hosted the first ever global Women in O&P Workshop. The virtual event, entitled Women in Innovation: Empowering the future of O&P, was attended by over 100 participants from over 12 countries. Distinguished speakers from Germany, Iceland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States covered a variety of relevant topics. Össur is the only manufacturer who has acknowledged the significant contributions of women in the O&P profession. ÖWLI will continue to offer events and content as part of Össur’s ongoing commitment to our patients and to female professionals in the field.

Audit on Equal Remuneration

Since 2014, Össur has conducted an external audit on the equal remuneration for equal responsibility. In 2016, Össur decided to follow an Icelandic standard on equal remuneration for equal responsibility, IST 85:2012, which is audited by BSI. Össur had its first audit under the IST 85:2012 in 2017 and was among the first companies in Iceland to be audited in accordance with this standard.

As Össur is Equal Pay Certified, yearly audits are conducted. The most recent audit was completed in October 2021 and resulted in a salary analysis that is within statistical margin of error. This indicates that there is not a statistically significant difference in salaries between genders at Össur in Iceland. In our European and Emerging markets regions our aim is that all genders performing equal work receive equal pay. In the Americas, salary surveys on all employees are conducted annually as part of standard compensation review procedures and in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Towards the end of 2021 it was decided to create a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. This council promotes and works on gender equality matters as well as focusing on diversity in its broadest sense. During 2021 the council mapped out current status and started to implement initiatives to further support and reinforce diversity, equity and inclusion within Össur.