MELVILLE, N.Y., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to dental, medical and animal health office-based practitioners, celebrated Earth Day with the launch of its 2012 Global Reflections program which helps healthcare practitioners more easily use environmentally-friendly products.
"Henry Schein firmly believes that protecting the health of our planet is an important part of our commitment to 'helping health happen' and we are dedicated to doing our part," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "We embrace environmental stewardship as a pillar of our corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, and are proud to provide our customers with thousands of environmentally-friendly health care products to help 'green' their practices through Henry Schein's Global Reflections program."
Henry Schein's Global Reflections offering provides an opportunity for customers to incorporate a wide variety of green products into their practices and helpful tips for minimizing their environmental impact. A portion of Global Reflections purchases are donated to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation in support of environmental causes.
Beyond helping customers, Henry Schein has implemented several measures to minimize the Company's footprint on the environment. Henry Schein has achieved LEED certification at the Company's Melville East headquarters through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings program. The LEED-EB program is a voluntary standard that defines high-performance green buildings that are healthier, more environmentally responsible, and less costly to operate. Under the LEED rating system, buildings are rated according to different aspects of operations and maintenance across six environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Henry Schein has installed more efficient lighting systems in its facilities including motion-activated lighting in its distribution centers and offices. The lighting in the Company's U.S. distribution centers consumes half the electricity of traditional lights. Henry Schein's transportation partners participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's "Smart Way" program. And the Company's U.S. distribution centers recycle over 8,000 tons of wood, paper, plastics and batteries annually, and have reduced carbon emissions by over 4,800 metric tons. Henry Schein's technicians drive the most fuel-efficient cargo vans available.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein's global corporate social responsibility program, enhances access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief. Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves approximately 775,000 customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 25 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $8.5 billion in 2011, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 18 percent since becoming a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
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