The European Commission has committed to introduce legislation making it mandatory for all companies operating in the European Union common market to monitor and safeguard labour and human rights in their supply chains. Another aim of the legislation is to encourage companies to incorporate long-term sustainability considerations into their planning and decision-making, referred to as sustainable corporate governance. The European Parliament issued its Resolution on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability in March 2021, and a formal legislative proposal is pending from the Commission.
Medline welcomes these regulatory developments and supports the European Commission’s vision. Over the years, we have voluntarily invested significantly into developing our global ethical sourcing activities because we believe that workers in our global product supply chain deserve safe, fair and humane working conditions. Social compliance audits, risk assessments and grievance mechanisms are some of the measures we implement and continue to fine-tune. Our broader corporate social responsibility programme extends beyond ethical sourcing to environmental initiatives and community upliftment through charitable giving and employee volunteerism. Learn more about our CSR programme here.