Medline International B.V. has published its second annual Sustainability Report, demonstrating the company’s commitment to improving patient care and enhancing the quality of people’s lives. The report covers Medline’s social, environmental and economic activities and impact (people, planet, profit) in Europe in 2017. 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 2018 report, among other topics. You can read more about the Sustainability Report in our recent press release or access the full report here.
The Spanish newspaper La Razón and the Spanish Minister of Health Carmen Montón honoured Medline Iberia with the A Tu Salud (To Your Health) ‘Efficiency in the Operating Theatre’ award. A Tu Salud is an editorial supplement of La Razón covering health, healthcare and medical technology. This award recognises Medline’s leadership in customised sterile procedure trays, which heavily contribute to efficiency and innovation in hospital management. Medline’s excellent logistical services and high-quality and environmentally friendly products were also highlighted. You can read more about this award in our press release or in La Razón’s full article (in Spanish).
Medline US’s The Voices of Healthcare blog recently addressed the alarmingly high suicide rates amongst healthcare professionals, especially for women in this field. This issue is not limited to the United States; statistics in the UK also show that female healthcare providers (nurses in particular) have a suicide rate 24 per cent higher than the general population. The Lancet also addressed the urgency of this topic, set against the backdrop of a burnout epidemic in the UK. Medline’s blog suggests three strategies to combat this concerning trend and start a conversation about burnout and suicide:
- Address the stress.
- Confront the burnout.
- Recognise that mental illness exists.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, then we encourage you to talk about these feelings with someone you trust. The NHS offers excellent tips about this subject and suicide hotline numbers.
Medline is proud to announce that the European Pink Glove Photo Competition (PGPC) is back for the third year in a row! In this competition, we invite healthcare workers to take creative pictures of themselves wearing our pink gloves, which are posted on Facebook and voted on. The PGPC is one of the many ways that Medline contributes to breast cancer awareness and funding. And this year, there will be three prizes in the form of donations to the first, second and third place winners. You can register for the competition here before 7 September 2018. Please visit our Facebook page for more information.
Medline has eight employee-driven, local donation committees representing all employees across Europe. These committees use their local knowledge to identify charitable organisations and appropriate local initiatives (e.g. races, tournaments and sports clubs) for Medline to donate to. Last year, these committees selected numerous wonderful beneficiaries, mostly focusing on literacy and education, care for those suffering from cancer or serious long-term illnesses and disabilities, animal welfare, the poor and disadvantaged, refugees and youth sports. Medline is proud to support such worthy causes. You can read more about the activities of the respective local committees (in the local language) in France, Germany, Italy, Iberia, Benelux and the United Kingdom.
Medline Europe expanded its social media presence in mid-March by launching a new Facebook profile, which will be the platform for Medline Europe’s new mascot, Ron the bear, unveiled today. Ron is a nurse who has taken a sabbatical to travel and get to know his partners in the medical field better. He will be visiting different Medline offices, attending medical congresses and introducing products.