Medline International B.V. has published its third annual Sustainability Report, covering Medline’s social, environmental and economic activities and impact (People, Planet, Prosperity) in Europe in 2018.
In the context of Medline’s European operations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is synonymous with sustainability. Our CSR focus areas are labour and human rights, environmental initiatives, breast cancer awareness and charitable giving, all of which are featured in the 2019 report, among other topics. In addition to our full, in-depth Sustainability Report, we also have a Summary Sustainability Report available here, providing a succinct overview of the report.
Today marks the very first European Prime Vendor delivery by Medline Services to our customer MV Santé in Switzerland.
MV Santé, a specialist in ambulatory surgery, has five clinics in the Geneva area, all served by Prime Vendor. Prime Vendor buys medical consumables from multiple suppliers, consolidates them on one platform and delivers them to multisite care providers. With this solution, Medline Services handles all the supply chain tasks so that hospitals and healthcare professionals can concentrate on what they do best: taking care of patients.
Jerome Monnot (VP Medline Service Europe), Jos Hallebeek (Prime Vendor Implementation Manager) and Bart Kraan (Engineer Operations Europe) are on-site to celebrate this milestone and inaugurate this exciting new service in Europe.
Learn more about Prime Vendor here.
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.