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.
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.
Carsten, who works for Medline Germany, grew up knowing that his father had saved a life. Carsten’s father was a stem cell donor whose donation gave a Canadian woman a second chance at life, and lead to a lifelong friendship. Inspired by this amazing story, Carsten decided to become a donor himself through DKMS, a German organisation dedicated to fighting blood cancers and matching donors with recipients, when he was 21.
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.