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.
Medline’s third annual Pink Glove Photo Competition, supporting breast cancer awareness and funding, just wrapped up last week. In this competition, we invite healthcare workers to take creative pictures of themselves wearing our pink gloves, which are posted on Facebook for voting. The ‘likes’ have been tallied, and, out of 50 beautiful submissions, we are pleased to announce this year’s three winners:
- 1st place: Italy, Asur 4 Senigallia
- 2nd place: France, Un esprit sein, dans un corps sain
- 3rd place: Spain, Diana Marcilla Hernández, en representación del Bloque Quirúrgico General del Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra.
The winners receive donations in their names to breast cancer charities or organisations of their choice. In addition, we are pleased to report that all three winners have been mentioned individually in the local press in Italy, France and Spain, respectively. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to breast cancer awareness.
Medline is pleased to announce the release of its new Diversity and Inclusion Statement. It has always been Medline’s policy to afford equal employment opportunities, but this statement takes it a step further. It recognises that a diverse workforce allows the company to draw on different perspectives to enhance decision-making, innovation, and product and service quality. Additionally, the statement sets goals for the next four years to further embed a commitment to diversity and inclusion in Medline’s recruitment activities, internal promotions, remuneration and reward system, training and development opportunities, and in its overall organisational culture. Summed up best by Medline’s VP of HR & CSR Violaine Bléjan, ‘Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is about caring for your colleagues as individuals—accepting and respecting the ways in which they differ from you, whatever that may be, and making these differences an asset in your mutual cooperation.’
In a growing library of product- and service-related videos, Medline has just added two new films about its Clear Thermo Cover, one thoroughly explaining its use and the other highlighting its benefits. The Clear Thermo Cover is made of a strong, puncture-resistant polyethylene film and serves as a cost-effective way to keep sterile water in your operating theatre at an optimal temperature. It fits most stainless steel bowls that are available on the market and can be used with or without a warmer. Sterility and efficiency are priorities in the operating theatre, and Medline’s Clear Thermo Cover is a practical way to avoid the expensive and labour-intensive cleaning and re-sterilisation process involved with reusable bowls.