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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility 2018-06-06T15:51:33+00:00

Shaping a healthier future by aligning action with values.

We are proud of the trust our customers have placed in us every day since the early 1900s. To continue this legacy, we invite you to view our 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Learn about our social and environmental impact around the globe, and our vision for improving the communities in which we live, work and do business. From providing medical relief to developing countries, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more, integrity is at the core of upholding this trust for generations to come.




As a family-owned, fourth generation company, our actions don’t reflect projected short-term gains or anticipated quarterly earnings. Instead, we make decisions based on the long-term benefits to our employees and the communities in which we do business. Read on to learn about the specific areas of our social responsibility program:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Medical Relief
  • Community Engagement

Learn about our first employee medical service trip to El Crucero, Nicaragua.

Environmental Sustainability

Our environment and our health are intimately intertwined. Preserving a healthy planet for future generations is not only the right thing to do, but it is our responsibility as a leader in the healthcare industry.

8.3M Square Feet Built to LEED Standards

40% of our U.S. distribution centers are LEED certified or pending certification, representing over 8.3 million square feet of warehouse space. All new Medline buildings worldwide are constructed to meet LEED standards.

35% of Facilities Are ISO 14001 Certified

We’re more than aware of our environmental obligations. We’re taking action. 35% of Medline’s manufacturing facilities received ISO 14001 certification, an international standard for controlling and improving a company’s environmental performance.


See how Medline is expanding its renewable portfolio with its first, solar-powered distribution center in North America.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Affecting about 1 in 8 women in the U.S., breast cancer awareness is our top philanthropic initiative. We support patients, families, caregivers and those who’ve lost the battle through special events and our partnership with breast cancer charities.

Pink Glove Dancers

Some walk. Some run. We dance. Medline’s Pink Glove Dance is the only breast cancer campaign that unites healthcare professionals, survivors, patients and communities to honor those affected by the disease and raise money for a cure.

Charitable Giving

Medline has donated $1.8 million to breast cancer charities since 2005.

Medical Relief

Healthcare is not attainable for every community, but it should be. In developing countries around the world, patients are turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies. In partnership with Project C.U.R.E., we aim to change that.

$770K in Supply Donations

Medline provides life-saving medical supplies to clinics in need around the world through our partnership with Project C.U.R.E. We have donated over $770,000 worth of supplies to relief efforts, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Community Engagement

Our mission to improve the quality of people’s lives extends to the communities in which we live and do business. Year round, Medline teams support organizations such as the American Heart Association, Adopt-a-Highway, Feed My Starving Children, Chicago Cares and more. When unified together, seemingly small impacts can make a world of difference.

Volunteer Hours

Since 2006, Medline employees and family members have contributed more than 27,000 volunteer hours to Northern Illinois organizations.