OUR SHARED PURPOSE – Helping Realize Life’s Potential

It started as an idea for a better way, but like all powerful ideas, it evolved into a passion. It’s why at Danaher we view every challenge as an opportunity. And it’s the reason we’re on a constant quest to make things better—for our customers, our company and the world.

We are a diverse team of people and operating companies, each with unique missions and challenges. Yet, we are united by Our Shared Purpose, which directs how we live out every day to achieve our most ambitious goals.

Our Shared Purpose confirms our commitment to helping our customers achieve amazing things and the high standards by which we measure our own success. We innovate forward-looking technologies to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We are their agents of possibility.

The impact of Our Shared Purpose goes beyond Danaher. It’s an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to something larger than ourselves.

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Helping Realize Life’s Potential is what we’re doing, every day, on a global
scale. Think about our businesses and the impact we have: providing clean
water, advancing scientific research and personal health, ensuring product
safety. Every day, we’re helping improve quality of life around the world.

Tom Joyce,
President & Chief Executive Officer


Our Shared Purpose has its foundation in our five core values:

  • The Best Team Wins.
  • Customers Talk, We Listen.
  • Kaizen is Our Way of Life
  • Innovation Defines Our Future
  • We Compete for Shareholders

It’s what has made us who we are today, and it’s what will guide us into the future.
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Danaher Business System (DBS)

Success at Danaher doesn't happen by accident. We have a proven system for achieving it. We call it the Danaher Business System (DBS), and it drives every aspect of our culture and performance. We use DBS to guide what we do, measure how well we execute, and create options for doing even better—including improving DBS itself.

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In the mid-1980s, a Danaher operating company faced with intensifying competition launched an improvement effort based on the then-new principles of lean manufacturing. The initiative succeeded beyond anyone's expectations—reinforcing the operating company's industry leadership and bringing forth the Danaher Business System.

Fueled by Danaher's core values, the DBS engine drives the company through a never-ending cycle of change and improvement: exceptional PEOPLE develop outstanding PLANS and execute them using world-class tools to construct sustainable PROCESSES, resulting in superior PERFORMANCE. Superior performance and high expectations attract exceptional people, who continue the cycle. Guiding all efforts is a simple philosophy rooted in four customer-facing priorities: Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Innovation.