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Industry Watch

News from the dental trade

April 07, 2014

Editor's note: For a closer look at what is happening with manufacturers and companies in dentistry today, the ADA News is launching Industry Watch. The aim is to feature news about industry achievements, outreach and the people who bring dental products to the office. The ADA News welcomes dental industry news items at

Playground challenge encourages healthy smiles, environment
Empty toothpaste tubes, used toothbrushes and empty floss containers are a sign that kids and families are taking their oral health care seriously.

These items can also earn schools a brand new playground through Colgate and TerraCycle's Oral Care Brigade recycling program.

Schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland can compete March 16-June 30 for a new playground made of completely recycled material by collecting toothpaste tubes, caps and outer packaging; floss containers; and toothbrushes for the TerraCycle Recycled Playground Challenge.

Schools get a playground credit for each shipment and parents and teachers can also vote online daily for additional credits.

"Programs like the Colgate Oral Care Brigade and Recycled Playground Challenge offer us an innovative way to reinforce these commitments and for consumers to positively impact the environment by repurposing their Colgate oral care products," said Justin Skala, president, North America and Global Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive.

ShopRite will donate gift certificates for runner-up schools and encourage community participation with displays in its stores.

"This program is a fun way to engage our customers in this commitment and to bring to light the importance of recycling and preserving our resources for generations to come," said Karen Meleta, ShopRite vice president of consumer and corporate communications.

For details, visit the website.

Ethisphere Institute cites Henry Schein as ethical company
Melville, N.Y.—For a third straight year, Henry Schein, Inc., was recognized as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

Henry Schein, the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, is one of this year's 144 honorees representing 41 industries.

"A shared commitment to ethical behavior is a core value of Henry Schein and one of the reasons why our company has enjoyed more than eight decades of success and growth," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein. "Ethics drive our interactions with our supplier partners, customers, investors, fellow team Schein members and society."

The "World's Most Ethical Company" is assessed based upon the Ethisphere Institute framework. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program; reputation; leadership and innovation; governance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; and culture of ethics.

"The entire community of World's Most Ethical Companies believes that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it," said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere CEO. "Henry Schein joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices."

To see the complete list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies, visit the website.