Fortune magazine named Melville-based Henry Schein, Inc., to the publication’s ‘Change The World’ list thanks to the company’s efforts to expand access to oral health care to underserved populations worldwide.
The prestigious list ranks companies that do good. Henry Schein, the world’s largest dental and medical supplies distributor, which had $12.5 billion in sales last year, is also Long Island’s lone Fortune 500 company. The company ranked No. 29 out of 57 that made the cut on the 2018 Change The World list, which is now in its fourth year.
“Since our earliest days, we at Henry Schein have worked to align our strengths as a business with the needs of society, so it is greatly rewarding to be named to Fortune’s ‘Change the World’ list,” said Stanley Bergman, chairman and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. “This recognition only serves to reinforce our commitment to improving the health of people in need, and we look forward to ‘helping health happen’ for years to come.”
Top three on the list were telecommunications giant Reliance Jio, pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck and Bank of America.
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The magazine heaped praise upon Henry Schein for its efforts.
“This dental supply company partners with dental schools to help patients in underserved communities worldwide, from a refugee camp in Kenya to a Jamaican beachside village,” Fortune wrote. “A related program, Give Kids a Smile, has provided care for more than 5.5 million children since 2003. The kindness gets rewarded: The company has seen a 10 percent sales bump from dentists who join the outreach.”
Besides Give Kids A Smile, Henry Schein noted that the recognition was the result of two other initiatives. One is The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program, which provides free oral health care to Holocaust survivors living in poverty across North America.
The other is The Global Student Outreach Program, in which Henry Schein partners with dental schools to improve the oral health in remote and underserved communities around the world while enhancing educational opportunities for the next generation of oral health practitioners.
To see the full list, visit Fortune.com.