One of Medline’s sustainability goals is to limit our environmental impact. To help mitigate the carbon footprint of our ocean, road, rail and air freight, our ‘One Container, One Tree’ reforestation initiative plants one tree in Europe for every inbound container of medical devices shipped from Asia and Europe.
This year in April, 2,500 trees were planted in Palencia, Northern Spain, through the social enterprise Reforest Action. And in April 2018, 2,000 trees were planted in Saint-Pierre-La-Bourlhonne, France. A total of 4,500 trees planted is a significant milestone, as it means all Medline product divisions are covered by ‘One Container, One Tree’.
Medline will continue to plant more trees in future in order to protect the environment whilst keeping up with the company’s growth.
On two Fridays in April, Medline’s plant in Bánovce nad Bebravou, Slovakia, opened its doors to employees’ family and friends so that they could learn more about the company and its activities.
Production in Slovakia started in August 2015 and focuses on the packaging of sterile procedure trays (SPTs) for surgeries, which are distributed to customers around Europe and contribute to greater efficiency in the operating theatre.
During the open house days, plant employees provided tours to visitors to explain Medline’s manufacturing processes and more about the SPT business. Visitors could also try to assemble an SPT in the plant’s training facility, proving how much time and expertise this task requires! And employees’ children also got to learn about some of the plant equipment and were particularly excited about the forklifts. At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed catered hors d'oeuvres and time socialising together.
Medline Slovakia and its employees were proud to open their doors and show their loved ones how they are contributing to the improvement of healthcare through the SPTs they work with on a daily basis.
For the fourth year in a row, Medline is hosting the Pink Glove Photo Competition (PGPC)! This competition invites healthcare workers across Europe to take creative photos of themselves wearing Medline’s Generation Pink Nitrile Exam Gloves for the chance to win a donation in their name to a European breast cancer charity or organisation.
The PGPC is one of the many ways that Medline contributes to breast cancer awareness and funding. This year’s competition will also see three winners. Registration opens on 1 May, so keep an eye on our Facebook page or your inbox for more information.
Over the past three years, we have celebrated winners from France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Will your country be next?
Medline, as a manufacturer and distributor of medical devices, is well-placed to play a role in addressing the fact that many communities lack access to reliable, affordable and high-quality healthcare services, including medical supplies. This is why our CSR programme supports product donations to communities in need.
In October 2018, Association pour la Formation Médicale au Cambodge (AFMC), a French NGO sent eight healthcare professionals (composed of four surgeons, one anaesthetist and three nurses) to Cambodia. AFMC helped the local clinic of Svay Rieng perform surgical procedures and brought along medical supplies, including exam gloves, scrub suits and facemasks donated by Medline.
Over the course of one week, the French team and local healthcare workers performed 28 surgical procedures on 26 patients. Besides work, the local team invited the visiting French clinicians to dinners and parties, which helped strengthen the bond between the two countries’ medical communities.
At BITC’s annual general meeting on 6 December 2018, Medline was named as one of a few specially chosen companies to participate in BITC’s new Responsible Business Tracker, which was launched in 2018. The Tracker is a questionnaire-based tool designed to enable a business to measure its responsible business performance.
Known as the forerunners, Medline and 81 other companies will receive a detailed assessment of their individual submissions from BITC, as well as a separate report on insights and trends.
Participation in the Tracker capped off a successful year for the CSR department in terms of engaging with BITC. Medline was on the evaluation panel for BITC’s 2018 Responsible Business Awards, and received information and advice from BITC on topics such as the sustainable development goals, modern slavery and sustainability reporting.
Spanish Pink Glove Photo Competition winners from the general surgical block of the Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra have donated their third place prize money to SARAY, a local organisation promoting comprehensive care for breast cancer patients and their families.
Navarra’s local e-newspaper featured a press release (in Spanish) about the winners with some background information about their photo submission and what it meant to them.
As medical professionals who have accompanied numerous patients throughout the breast cancer treatment process, they wanted to promote awareness and show the importance of moral support and positive attitudes.