MELVILLE, NY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced the 25e anniversary of its “Back to School” program, which provides backpacks, school supplies and more to meet the back-to-school needs of underserved children and their families. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the Society has helped more than 65,000 children start a new school year with confidence.
This year, Team Schein members at 34 locations, including 21 in the United States and 13 international locations in five countries (Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom), are donating backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 5,000 children. At each Henry Schein location, teams work with local social service agencies to identify participating children and their families. The Back to School program is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
“Over the past 25 years, the Back to School program has continued to grow and evolve, helping to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities in which we live and work,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board. and CEO of Henry Schein. “Our inaugural program served 175 children, and the Team Schein spirit has remained strong from the beginning, with Team Schein members joining all over the world to help provide children with the essentials needed to a successful school year.
“The ‘Back to School’ program began when Team Schein members came together with an idea to help children in need, under the leadership of Gerry Benjamin, our recently retired General Manager, who played a vital role in creating the program today.’Back to School’ exemplifies our long-standing commitment to investing in initiatives that raise awareness and provide benefits to underserved populations within the communities where we operate, and we are particularly happy to celebrate its 25e year,” Mr. Bergman added.
In the latest episode of #scheinchats, Henry Schein’s signature social media series, Dan LaRosa, Senior Director of Schein Team and Community Services at Henry Schein, spoke with Fran Mellow, Division Manager at Family Service League, New York, to discuss how the Back to School program helps improve access to essentials, why it’s important to start the school year with confidence, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and what companies can do to set up similar initiatives. Watch the discussion here.
“No parent or guardian should have to face financial pressures and difficulties in trying to meet the essential costs of raising their child. And no child should worry about the price of school supplies,” said Suzanne Connolly, Executive Director of Barnardos children’s charity, Ireland. “At Barnardos, our mission is to provide services and work with families, communities and our partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are impacted by adverse childhood experiences. By working with Henry Schein to meet the back-to-school needs of vulnerable children, we can help them achieve great things, because childhood lasts a lifetime.
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Henry Schein Cares is built on five pillars: empowering Team Schein to reach their potential, advancing health equity and expanding access to care for underserved communities, accelerating environmental sustainability, strengthening and diversify our supply chain and maintain strong ethical governance. The health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on four main areas: (1) wellness, treatment, prevention and education; (2) capacity building; (3) emergency preparedness and disaster response; and (4) health system strengthening.
Rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the philosophy of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the goal-oriented vision of Henry Schein Cares is to “do well by doing good.” Our commitment to sustained long-term economic success while creating shared value for society is achieved through the work of Henry Schein Cares and our stakeholder model that engages the five components of our Mosaic of Success. To learn more about how we are making a difference, please visit: www.henryschein.com/corporatecitizenship.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a healthcare professional solutions company powered by a network of people and technology. With over 22,000 Schein Team Members Worldwide, the company’s network of trusted advisors provides more than one million customers worldwide with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our business, clinical, technology and supply chain solutions help offices dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can deliver quality care more efficiently. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional healthcare clinicsas well as other alternative care sites.
Henry Schein operates through a centralized, automated distribution network, with a selection of over 120,000 Henry Schein branded and private label products in stock, plus over 180,000 additional products available to special order.
A FORTUNE 500 company and member of the S&P 500® Index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, NY, and has operations or subsidiaries in 32 countries and territories. The company’s sales reached $12.4 billion in 2021 and have grown at a compound annual rate of about 12.5% since Henry Schein went public in 1995.