Social Responsibility

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 global health to developing countries, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more, integrity is at the core of upholding this trust for generations to come.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IMPACT REPORTS

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Overview

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:

Global Health

Advancing healthcare around the world by sharing impactful solutions

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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

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

Sustainability

Offsetting our carbon footprint as stewards of the natural environment

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

Global Health

Quality healthcare is not attainable for every community. At Medline, we believe it should be. We partner with global health 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.

We create solutions that build strong, resilient health systems all around the world.

We believe in challenging the status quo; that through innovative partnership we can remove barriers that prevent patients from receiving the care that every human being deserves. This is healthcare in its purest form and it grounds us in the values that drive us every day.

Much of the world lives in a clinical desert, lacking access to even the most basic healthcare. In countries where clinical deserts are prevalent, lack of access to healthcare can impact one’s ability to work and provide for their family. In this way, the health of individuals is closely correlated to the health of the society. Through our approach to Global Health we bring the same service and expertise that we offer our customers in the U.S. to healthcare facilities to low resource countries around the world. We select partner clinics based on how their pain points match with Medline’s strengths and capabilities. Once the partnership is confirmed, we rely on skills-based volunteers to develop the scope of work, manage the project remotely, and ultimately implement it on the ground at the recipient healthcare facility.

“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.

Our partnership with One World Surgery:

Healthcare facilities operating in low resource countries face complex supply chain challenges. They receive supplies in full shipping containers filled with a combination of both purchased and donated product. These supplies are supplemented by donations brought by volunteers. These items, whether used or put on the shelf, are not accounted for in inventory or forecasting. As a result, surgical time is wasted when a necessary product cannot be found.

One World Surgery, an ambulatory surgery center located on a children’s home in rural Honduras, performs approximately 1,000 surgeries per year. Medline leveraged its expertise in Supply Chain Optimization and Perioperative Efficiency to implement a real-time inventory management system, so that surgeons have what they need, when they need it.

Community Impact

Medline is committed to social determinants of health and through our community impact efforts we can promote good health for all people. We believe that by investing human and financial resources to address prevalent healthcare concerns and challenges, we can stimulate health equity and improve the well-being of a community.

Community Impact Grant Program

Making significant contributions to organizations dedicated to helping individuals reach their full health potential is at the heart of the Community Impact Grant Program. Results-driven grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations that offer solutions for their community.

Community Impact Grant Program for Breast Cancer Awareness

It is our belief that people should have access to breast cancer awareness, prevention and early detection to increase chances of survival. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The chances of survival vary by the stage of cancer. When breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is 90%. However, each year, there are an estimated 40,000 breast cancer related deaths.

The Community Impact Grant Program for Breast Cancer Awareness addresses community efforts to increase awareness, improve patient care or enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients and survivors. Here are the 2019 grant recipients:

Breast Health Collaborative of Texas – The breast health collaborative uses community dialog to help reduce breast cancer disparities. Funds will go towards facilitating focus groups with community health workers and breast cancer patients; implementing an evidence-based educational program to help underserved or uninsured women; and developing continuing education models for health professionals.

Freeport Regional Healthcare (FHN) Foundation  – FHN is a rural community health network with over half a million patient visits annually, spread across five counties in northwest Illinois. The organization will use the grant to certify a Breast Prosthetic Fitter who can help patients who have gone through a mastectomy get fitted for a breast prosthesis.

Sisters Working It Out (SWIO) – SWIO works to eliminate breast cancer disparities in the Chicago area are by educating and empowering women of color in medically underserved communities. With the help of a grant from the Medline Foundation, SWIO will host educational sessions on breast cancer for 1200 African American and Latina women in the Chicago area and provide patient navigation services to connect women to quality breast health care. 

Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) – Komen NCTC works to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in its local communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. This grant from the Medline Foundation has been awarded in response to a challenge grant for Komen NCTC’s Action to Impact, a multi-year community-based initiative that will assess gaps and opportunities in the care of breast cancer patients and identify interventions.

Cancer Navigators (CN) – CN is a community-based nonprofit supporting individuals affected by cancer. The grant from the Medline Foundation will aid in delivering complimentary counseling sessions to breast cancer patients.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center believes every person should have convenient access to prevention, education and early detection services – especially in Louisiana, which consistently ranks high in cancer deaths. The Medline Foundation grant will support free breast cancer screenings to high-risk individuals through the Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go mobile program.

The Rose – The Rose works to prevent breast cancer-related deaths due to delayed diagnosis and treatment. The Medline Foundation grant will purchase essentials supplies for their mobile clinic, which will travel to multiple Texas counties to provide screening mammograms to 9,800 patients including 3,400 uninsured patients.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) – YSC supports young adults diagnosed with breast cancer, and their co-survivors, through educational resources and programming, annual conferences, and local and online support networks. The Medline Foundation grant will help YSC print, translate and broaden the reach of its Navigator Series, a collection of free guidebooks about every phase of treatment and survivorship, including versions for newly diagnosed, post treatment, long-term survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer.

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

Sustainability

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.

SPOTLIGHT

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.