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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility2018-07-19T15:34:50+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 annual Corporate Social Responsibility Reports. 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.




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


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 where we do business. Keep reading to learn about the specific areas of our social responsibility program:

Medical Relief

Advancing healthcare around the world by sharing impactful solutions

Kits for Kids containing basic medical supplies were hand delivered to children in Nicaragua
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Community Impact

Making communities more resilient and sustainable

LIFE-SAVING MEALS packaged for 423 starving children around the world


Offsetting our carbon footprint as stewards of the natural environment

of the electricity for Medline’s 1.1 million square foot building in Tracy, CA was generated from solar panels.

Medical Relief

Quality healthcare is not attainable for every community. At Medline, we believe it should be. We partner with medical relief clinics to provide them with the same cutting edge services we offer our customers. We listen, dig, uncover insights and provide tailored guidance to match their unique needs. Our goal is sustainable, impactful solutions that can be replicated to advance healthcare around the globe.

Project C.U.R.E.

Medline partners with Project C.U.R.E. to donate medical supplies and equipment. Project C.U.R.E. delivers these products to severely resource-limited communities to save lives and ensure better outcomes for treatment and diagnosis, as well as surgical and emergency care.

“Medline is willing to explore new ways to partner with us to do what we both do best — improve healthcare.”

~ Jennifer Manhoff
Director of Clinics and Training, Project C.U.R.E.

Service Trips Share Our Strength Around the World

During our annual medical relief service trips, we support underserved communities in developing countries around the world. Employees are encouraged to volunteer to provide healthcare education and other related services.

A team of 16 Medline employees traveled to Nicaragua for our last trip, where they taught children about hygiene. Each child received a kit consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste and other necessities to maintain good oral health. Medline supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to reduce deaths of children under five years old by two-thirds based on 1990 rates totaling 12.7 million.

Looking forward, a new team of employee volunteers will be traveling to One World Surgery Center in Honduras.

Community Impact

Whether it’s through our disaster preparedness efforts to minimize impacts on hospitals and patients, or partnering with not-for-profit organizations in our own backyard, we strive to make the communities where we live and work more resilient and sustainable. Our employees contribute to their communities by supporting local charities through fundraising and volunteering.

Heart-healthy Living

Medline and its employees have donated more than $350,000 to the American Heart Association (AHA) through funds raised for the AHA Heart Walk. The annual North Suburban Heart Walk is hosted at Medline headquarters in Northfield, Ill.

“We are honored to open our campus to the community. Each year, I hear the personal stories from so many of our co-workers, and it is a great reminder of why we walk.”

~ Andy Mills
President, Medline

Year-round Blood Drives

In partnership with LifeSource, Medline has been hosting 8 to 10 employee blood drives per year since 2002 at its offices in Mundelein, Ill. and Northfield, Ill.

“Handling the blood drives simply started as an assignment. Now, it’s become a mission.”

~ Jay Dionisio
Director, Medline Quality Assurance
Blood drive coordinator since 2009

Community Impact Grant Program

Medline awards results-focused grants to not-for-profit organizations that address breast-cancer-related challenges in the areas of prevention, early detection, improving patient care and enhancing quality of life for patients and survivors.

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Our environment and our health are intimately intertwined. Preserving a healthy planet for future generations is not only the right thing to do, it is our responsibility as a leader in the healthcare industry. Modern environmental challenges require companies and individuals to be proactive stewards. Medline invests heavily in environmental sustainability efforts to offset our carbon footprint and drive lasting impact. In 2016, our efforts reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 6.4% per employee. Looking to the future, we will utilize our greenhouse gas inventory data to better manage energy enterprise wide.


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

Renewable Energy Around the Globe

Three more solar-powered facilities

We’ve expanded our renewable energy portfolio to include solar panel installations to power buildings in Germany, Australia and California.

“Medline continues to be an exemplary client in their commitment to sustainability. We have been proud to work with them on the Rialto system at their location in Rialto, Calif. “

~ Peyton Boswell
Managing Director, EnterSolar

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.