Medline International B.V. has published its third annual Sustainability Report, covering Medline’s social, environmental and economic activities and impact (People, Planet, Prosperity) in Europe in 2018.
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 2019 report, among other topics. In addition to our full, in-depth Sustainability Report, we also have a Summary Sustainability Report available here, providing a succinct overview of the report.
For the fourth year in a row, Medline is hosting the Pink Glove Photo Competition (PGPC)! This competition invites healthcare workers across Europe to take creative photos of themselves wearing Medline’s Generation Pink Nitrile Exam Gloves for the chance to win a donation in their name to a European breast cancer charity or organisation.
The PGPC is one of the many ways that Medline contributes to breast cancer awareness and funding. This year’s competition will also see three winners. Registration opens on 1 May, so keep an eye on our Facebook page or your inbox for more information.
Over the past three years, we have celebrated winners from France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Will your country be next?
The UK donation committee again fielded suggestions from colleagues for an organisation to support in 2018. The nomination that stood out the most was the Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, Europe’s first purpose-built breast cancer prevention centre. This cause is close to the hearts of many in the UK/Ireland office who have lost loved ones or have friends fighting this disease.
The Nightingale Centre is a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre that also focuses on breast cancer research. The facility was specially designed with its patients in mind with its light and airy architecture. This centre is also dedicated to addressing the shortage of breast cancer specialists by providing specialised training and conducts numerous research projects to better predict and prevent this disease.
The United Kingdom donation committee is pleased to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause.
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.’