Medline Europe Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report
For the second year in a row, Medline International B.V. has published its annual Sustainability Report, covering Medline’s social, environmental and economic activities and impact (people, planet, profit) in Europe in 2017. The structure and contents of the report are shaped by the Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards. This year’s report not only provides an overview of the company and its financial performance but also showcases Medline’s strong sustainability performance, particularly in the following areas:
- Promoting labour and human rights in our supply chain
- Encouraging diversity and inclusion in our workforce
- Giving back to our communities
- Taking care of the environment.
The aforementioned focus areas in the report correspond to Medline’s corporate social responsibility (CSR)/sustainability programme whose main pillars are ethical supply chains, charitable giving and the environment. The CSR department takes the lead on these initiatives, and is supported and complemented by different divisions and departments that contribute to sustainability in their own way.
For instance, Medline’s human resources department works hard to create a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace, while our compliance team champions ethical business practices that promote data privacy and aim to prevent bribery and corruption. These are just some of the ways in which Medline employees rally together to make CSR a company-wide effort, and this collective team spirit is reflected in the breadth and scope of the sustainability report.
‘In every community in which we interact, Medline strives to be a good corporate citizen. This includes not only the communities in which we directly employ people, but also the communities of our subcontractors and suppliers. We appreciate our responsibility to provide leadership and to serve as a positive example to others. I am proud to share the 2018 Sustainability Report with our employees and our customers. I know that our key stakeholders share the values that are reflected in the report’, said Group President, Tripp Amdur.
Interesting snippets from the 2018 Sustainability Report
Breast cancer awareness and product donations
Medline maintained its proud tradition of raising awareness of breast cancer through the internal and external 2017 Pink Glove Photo Competition, whose winners had a donation made in their names to a breast cancer charity or organisation of their choice. Medline also has a partnership with Keep A Breast Europe, a youth-focused non-profit organisation that provides education on various topics related to breast cancer, including an app encouraging self-checks, of which Medline sponsors the translation. In addition, in 2017 Medline donated 28 tonnes of medical supplies to communities in need through our partnership with International Health Partners.
Read the full sustainability report here.
Additional information on Medline’s corporate social responsibility strategy is available here